Man City vs Chelsea: Line-ups
Both Sides to Renew Hostilities
In a dress rehearsal for the upcoming all-English Champions League final, Manchester City host Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League showdown at the Etihad Stadium. A win here for City would confirm their status as Premier League champions, while Chelsea are still embroiled in a fight for a top-four finish.
The Citizens welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on a five-game winning streak across all competitions and boasting back-to-back clean sheets against Palace and PSG, but it is at home where Guardiola’s side have lost to Man United and Leeds United at the Etihad since the start of March.
City need not panic if their status as champions is not confirmed this weekend, but they welcome Chelsea to their headquarters on a 14-game unbeaten run against sides from London, and Saturday’s game is the perfect opportunity for both teams to scope out their opponents ahead of the Champions League final.
The Blues are some way off their Istanbul opponents in the Premier League table, though, as Tuchel still has work to do if he is to confirm Chelsea’s top-four status and a route into next season’s Champions League should their efforts in Turkey prove unsuccessful.
Neither side will want to give too much away before the European prize is up for grabs, and having both come from gruelling midweek encounters, a low-scoring affair could be on the cards here. City have not enjoyed a perfect run at an empty Etihad this season, while Chelsea are certainly benefitting from the home advantage phenomenon being wiped out in the absence of supporters, expect Tuchel’s unbeaten away record to continue with a score draw against their Champions League final opponents.