Pep Guardiola's side had to postpone their mid week clash against Everton due to COVID-19. However, this Sunday, Manchester City is set to travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in their 15th game of this season's English Premier League.
The Citizen's have won 3 of their last five EPL 2020 matches while drew on 2 occasions. Their last win was against Newcastle United whom they defeated by 2-0 goal difference.
Frank Lampard's side on the other hand will be looking forward to begin New Year with a win as they have been able to gain only four points in their last 5 five clashes. Their last win was against West Ham United while their last game was a draw with Aston Villa thanks to Oliver Giroud's 34th minute goal.
Here are few details about this Sunday's 3rd January clash between Chelsea and Manchester City:
Chelsea vs Manchester City Predictions and Betting Summary
Chelsea vs Manchester Starting Line as per Sportsmole
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
The Chelsea forward attack will have the combination of Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner. Abraham has scored 6 goals so far and won 57% of aerial duels. In last game against West Ham he scored two goals in two minutes.
Werner has 4 goals and 4 assists to his name in the current EPL season. He has also created 4 big chances for his side with a passing accuracy of 80%.
Christian Pulisic will be assisting them in the forwards. Pulisic has just one goal in 9 appearance this EPL season.
Oliver Giroud on the other hand may not find spot in starting XI despite scoring in last game against Aston Villa.
Manchester City’s forward attack will be led by star Algerian striker Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez has played 10 games this season and scored 4 goals. He has also assisted in 1 goal and created 5 big chances for his side with an average of 2.3 key passes per match.
Raheem Sterling and Aguero are the other attackers. Sterling has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name as of now with an average of 1.2 key passes per game.
Sergio Aguera has 73% passing accuracy with 0.8 key passes this season.
Chelsea’s midfield is led by players like Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante. Mount has assisted in 3 goals and created 6 big chances for his side.
Kante has maintained a passing accuracy of 88% and got 67% dribbling success. They will be assisted by Mateo Kovacic. He has one assist to his name this season.
Hakim Ziyech has returned to full training however, doubts remains for his inclusion in Starting XI for this game.
The midfield panel of Manchester City looks good with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri.
De Bruyne has 2 goals and 7 assists to his name this season. He created 10 big chances for his side with an average of 3.4 key passes per match.
Rodri has maintained a high passing accuracy of 91% so far. He has also got 90% dribbling success. Ilkay Gundogan is another key player in the midfield. Gundogan’s passing accuracy stands at 91% in the
The Blue's defense hasn't been much effective this season. They have conceded 13 goals as of now. The likes of Ben Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva will be responsible for Blue's defense.
Zouma has 6 clean sheets in the current season with an average of 4.9 clearances per game.
The experience of 36-year-old Thiago Silva is a big positive for Chelsea. He had 5 clean sheets this season with an average of 1.2 interceptions per game.
Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias are the leading defenders for City this season. Both the players had 5 clean sheets so far. Cancelo has maintained a good tackling average of 2.3 per match. Dias is having an average of 2.9 clearances per match.
They will be accompanied by the likes of Benjamin Mendy and John Stones in the defense.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Where to Watch?
For UK fans, the game will be live streamed at Sky Sports and available via the Sky Go app. US soccer fans can watch the game live on NBCSN.
The game will be live streamed from 16:30 UK time and 11:30 EST US time.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Predictions and Betting: H2H
Chelsea and Manchester City have clashed against each other on 165 occasions. Chelsea have won 68 games against Manchester City while City have won on 58 occasions.
The last time the two met was last year at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea beat City by 2-1 goals, however, in last 8 clashes between the two teams City have triumphed in six occasions and 1 game between the two sides ended in a drew.
Chelsea vs Man City Predictions and Betting: Predicted Winner
The boxing day league game between Chelsea and Manchester City and Chelsea is expected to be close one. However, the predictions and betting platforms have predicted a win for the Citizens in this game.
Bwin a leading betting platform recommends bet for Chelsea to win by 2-1 at 10/1. The odds for Chelsea stands at 2/1 and for City the odds are 5/4.
Betfair predicts 39% chances for Manchester City win while for Chelsea the chances stands at 36%.
Footballpredictions.net predicts the game to end in 0-0 goal draw.