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Chelsea v Manchester City betting preview
First silverware for new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri?Chelsea could only manage fifth place in the Premier League last term, finishing 30 points behind Manchester City, but earned another trip to the national stadium by edging out Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final. They have started their pre-season with a narrow win over Perth Glory and a 1-1 draws against Inter Milan and Arsenal in the International Champions Cup. The Blues have lost out on each of the last four occasions they have been involved in the Community Shield.
Summer signing Jorginho will be the playmaker while the youngster Hudson-Odoi will retain his starting berth in the front trio alongside Spanish duo Pedro and Alvaro Morata. In midfield, the likely starting trio could be completed by Ross Barkley and Cesc Fabregas, altough Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to full Chelsea training and is pushing for a start. Willy Caballero should start between the posts, as Thibaut Courtois is set to leave the club. The likes of Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso will form the four man backline.
City's pre-season has been hampered by so many players returning late from the World CupFew teams have dominated the Premier League in the manner that Man City did last season. They finished 19 points clear of second placed Man UTD and also broke a number of records, including most points, most goals and the longest-ever winning streak. The Citizens have not lost anyone important from their starting XI and even got Riyad Mahrez to join. Anyway, Pep Guardiola's men come into this match after suffering International Champions Cup losses to both Borussia Dortmund (0-1) and Liverpool (1-2), and 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich last Saturday. In terms of direct encounters, City won 1-0 home and away to the Blues last season. The Citizens also won 3-2 when the pair locked horns in the 2012 Community Shield at Villa Park.
Guardiola has admitted that he has no issues with fielding some of the younger players against Chelsea at Wembley. The likes of Ederson, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Sergio Aguero all returned to training with the first-team, but match fitness for all of them has to be an issue. Bernardo Silva bagged a brace against the Bavarians last time out and is expected to lead the line alongside Ryiad Mahrez and Leroy Sanè. The former Leicester CIty star could start Sunday's clash despite picking up an ankle injury in Man City's pre-season win over Bayern Munich.
Chelsea v Manchester City Starting LineupsChelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho Fabregas, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Bravo; Bolton, Laporte, Eric Garcia, Zinchenko; Douglas Luiz, Foden, Diaz; Mahrez, Sane, B. Silva.
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