PREVIEW: Manchester Metropolis vs Chelsea

Manchester Metropolis will try to go three factors clear on prime of the league as they host Chelsea this afternoon for an thrilling conflict on the Etihad. Time: 17:00pm CET Venue: Etihad Stadium Pep Guardiola’s facet has received an essential match in opposition to Everton on Wednesday which noticed them surpass Liverpool on the prime on objective distinction. Nonetheless, issues may change over the weekend as Liverpool face Bournemouth at residence whereas Metropolis will meet Sarri’s facet who come into the match assured they will do hurt to their opponents.   Manchester Metropolis Staff Information With Laporte having performed as at left-back in opposition to Everton on Wednesday, Guardiola has two choices, both begin with the French centre-back as soon as extra, or give Danilo an opportunity to begin. The primary possibility appears to be the probably. A drop of the shoulder and a tidy end from the massive man! #MCICHE #mancity — Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) February eight, 2019 Otamendi is the one one positive of his place from the beginning with Laporte and Stones each preventing for a beginning lineup place. Walker will begin on the precise. Kevin De Bruyne may return from the beginning in midfield alongside Fernandinho and David Silva. In assault, Raheem Sterling could possibly be awarded a beginning place spot on the expense of Bernardo Silva whereas Aguero and Sane are each set to retain their locations. Manchester Metropolis predicted lineup (Four-Three-Three) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane   Chelsea Staff Information Maurizio Sarri has no harm inside the crew and can face Metropolis with a completely match squad, subsequently many choices to select from. Long run injured Marco van Ginkel would be the solely absentee for the match. The Italian supervisor may make just one change in defence with respect to the final match in opposition to Huddersfield with Rudiger changing Christensen at right-centre again place. Work, work, work. Three days to go… — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2019 Spanish duo Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso may begin at full again positions whereas David Luiz ought to retain his place following some sturdy performances these days. In midfield, Kante and Jorginho are each sure of their place however Kovacic may begin as a substitute of Barkley who was began in opposition to Huddersfield. New man Gonzalo Higuain, who bought his first brace for Chelsea final Saturday, is ready to begin at striker place with Willian and celebrity Eden Hazard to his sides. Chelsea predicted lineup (Four-Three-Three) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Higuain, Hazard   Head-to-Head All through historical past, the 2 groups have met for a complete of 155 occasions throughout all competitions with Metropolis successful 53 occasions whereas Chelsea received on 64 events. The 2 groups drew in opposition to one another for 38 occasions in whole. Chelsea received their final match in opposition to Metropolis. (Picture: Getty Pictures) Because the begin of the Premier League again in 1992, the 2 groups have met 43 occasions and nonetheless, Chelsea lead the race (25) with most wins in opposition to Metropolis (11). The remaining seven matches led to a draw. Guardiola, whereas in control of Metropolis, has misplaced on three events in opposition to the Blues, making them his bogey crew for the Spanish supervisor. The final one got here in December when Sarri’s facet received 2-Zero at residence with targets from Kante and David Luiz.   Current Type Manchester Metropolis shall be hoping for an additional optimistic consequence as they arrive from back-to-back wins in opposition to Arsenal and Everton. The Residents have misplaced solely as soon as in opposition to Newcastle of their final 5 matches and received all the opposite 4 throughout all competitions. Manchester Metropolis final 5 matches. The Blues, however, misplaced two of their final 5 fixtures with one in all them being a heavy Four-Zero loss to mid-table facet Bournemouth. On a optimistic be aware, they beat metropolis rivals Tottenham within the League Cup to ebook themselves a spot within the last. Chelsea final 5 matches.   Betting Odds Man Metropolis have scored no less than 2 targets of their final 14 residence league matches. They're backed at 1.28 to attain two or extra as we speak.   Manchester Metropolis vs Chelsea Man Metropolis have received 13 of their final 14 fixtures on the Etihad whereas Chelsea received their final fixture in opposition to Pep Guardiola’s facet. Each groups to attain two targets or extra.