Manchester City - Chelsea prediction
Undoubtedly, this is the most interesting match of the 3rd round in the FA Cup tournament - Manchester City vs. Chelsea.
This clash comes just 4 days after the meeting the two teams played in the Premier League.
As then the Citizens took the victory with the minimum 1-0.
In fact, it was Man City's 4th successive clean sheet against Chelsea - three times 1-0 and once 2-0.
Today I take the liberty of offering you exactly the same prediction I made for the championship game on Thursday .
Namely, that Manchester City will not lose and there will be less than 3 goals in the match.
I think so as Chelsea come out with a pretty crippled squad due to injuries.
On the other hand, City have been on quite a tight cycle since Christmas.
So an eventual economic win would be welcome for Pep Guardiola.
Not least because it will save them a replay at Chelsea's ground later.
It could also be added that Haaland is the top scorer at any time.
But I think the proposed bet has value anyway.
Manchester City - statistics and info
After a disappointing New Year's Eve home draw against relegated Everton, Manchester City's players have quickly returned to winning ways .
And with success over the always inhospitable Stamford Bridge - the home of Chelsea.
The only goal in the match was the work of the reserves that Pep Guardiola brought on in the second half - Grealish and Mahrez.
As the former assisted the latter for such a valuable goal.
So the difference between the champions and the leader Arsenal is 5 points.
The Catalan specialist has only won the FA Cup once since he was in charge of the Citizens.
This happened in 2019 when Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the final.
The Citizens then conceded 3 consecutive semi-final exits – to Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
This match continues the busy schedule for Man City . They have two more games coming up next week.
The first is against Southampton in the League Cup. Followed by the city derby against United in the Premier League.
Chelsea - statistics and info
Losing a Championship game to Manchester City a few days ago was unpleasant in itself.
But she brought more problems for coach Graham Potter.
Not one, not two, but three injuries were added to the ever-growing infirmary .
Mason Mount (pre-match), Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic have joined the injured.
A fourth defeat in six Premier League games has left some Blues fans fearing for their place in the top half of the table.
Let them dream of the Europe Zone.
As Potter's men now sit right in mid-table in 10th place.
But those concerns can wait.
Or at least while Chelsea are trying to end their painful 3-game losing streak in FA Cup finals .
During Manchester City's three successive semi-finals, Chelsea reached the final on each occasion
Only to lose to Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool.
The Lions will travel to the Etihad on the back of a 4-match away winless run in all competitions (0-1-3).
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Cancelo; Gundogan, Phillips, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish
In question : Laporte, Diaz
Lineup: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Chaloba, Coulibaly, Cucurella; Jorginho, Zakaria, Chukwuemeka; Ziech, Havertz, Aubameyang
Injured: Sterling, Pulisic, Mount, James, Broia, Kante, Mendy
Questionable : Fofana, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek
Matches between Man City and Chelsea
|Chelsea 0:1 Man City
|Man City 2:0 Chelsea
|Man City 1:0 Chelsea
|Chelsea 0:1 Man City
|Man City 0:1 Chelsea
|Man City 1:2 Chelsea