How to watch Chelsea v Manchester City?Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge on January 3, with the game kicking off at 4.30pm. As is normal currently, the game will be played behind closed doors with it being shown live on Sky Sports.
- Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 16:30: Chelsea v Manchester City
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Chelsea v Manchester City Betting PreviewChelsea enjoyed a 17-match unbeaten run from late September to mid-December – but they enter this clash on the back of a moderate run of results of late. Frank Lampard's men suffered three defeats in four Premier League games before managing to draw 1-1 against Aston Villa at Stamford Brige last Monday. The Blues are now 6th in the table standings and trail Liverpool by 7 points. Chelsea have a good record at home as they boast a 12 match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Manchester City also sit 6th in the Premier League table with 26 points but they have two games in hand. Pep Guardiola's men last played on Boxing Day in their comfortable victory over Newcastle, a result that stretched their unbeaten run across all competitions to 10 matches since November's defeat to Tottenham. Their recent fixture against Everton was postponed as the Citizens have been affected by a cluster of COVID-19 cases during the festive season.
The Blues have come out on top in this corresponding fixture for the past two seasons. Despite losing at Stamford Bridge last season, City have triumphed in six out of the last eight games between the two clubs in all competition.
Probable Line-upsChelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner
Frank Lampard rested both Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva last time out and the duo is expected to form the centre back pair. Cesar Azpilicueta to continue at right-back since Reece James is out through injury. Hakim Ziyech has returned to full training but may not be risked from the off, while Christian Pulisic will be preferred to Kai Havertz once again. Tammy Abraham is likely to lead the attack while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner are in contention for a starting berth in the offensve trio.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
The visitors will be without five players because of illness this weekend, with three more squad members joining Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus in testing positive for COVID-19. Pep Guardiola will be desperate to have Aguero fit and ready to spearhead the Citizens' attack. Zack Steffen will likely fill in between the posts as first-choice goalkeeper Ederson is currently self-isolating. Benjamin Mendy could return at left-back but Guardiola may prefer the more defensive-minded Nathan Ake in that position. Eric Garcia remains sidelined.
Our Chelsea v Manchester City PredictionsIt's very hard to predict the outcome of Premier League matches between heavyweights this year. Anyway, our experts have deeply analysed all the key stats and info about this match and you can find below our betting tips on Chelsea vs Man City. Feel free to copy our recommended bets on this clash and come back to leave a comment at the bottom of this page should you bash the bookies!
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