Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea – Manchester City ,Watch live online,Prediction,Lineups
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee: C. Foy
After a shocking week in which the Blues have lost on tour against West Brom 2-1 and in the Champions league in Turin 3-0 from Juventus,coach Di Matteo was fired,and Rafa Benitez is appointed on the hot bench of the current European champion.
A week which surely the fans of Chelsea will try to forget as soon as possible but before that,Chelsea awaits another important match at their Stamford Bridge,where they welcome the current English Champion Man City,who after a midweek draw 1-1 with Real Madrid have knocked and officially from the Champions league,for the second year in a row already in the group stage.
Otherwise, this season Chelsea and Man City, have already played in the English Super Cup, on neutral ground in Birmingham ,where the Citizens celebrated with 3:2, while in the previous two seasons both teams as the host were the winning ones.
Current state of Chelsea´s team is definitely the worst since the start of this Premier league season.Chelsea did not celebrate in the last four rounds, while in the Champions League, after 3-0 defeat by Juventus their chances to reach the knockout stage are very small.Juventus needs to lose and Chelsea of course needs to win the last match.
Of course that all of this has caused the certain shifts, and how it is now very common in England, coach Di Matteo was fired, who despite the great results in the finish last year and this season,has quickly lost the confidence of Abramovich and instead of him was hired the experienced Rafa Benitez, a former strategist of Liverpool,Valencia and Inter Milan.
Chelsea after a defeat from Man Utd is not the same team,2 defeats and 2 draws in last four matches resulted with dropping from first to currently fourth place in domestic competition,considering that this season surprise WBA has celebrated at Sunderland 4-2.
New coach,new tasks,and one of their direct competitors for Premier league trophy is coming in town,and expect to see a lot more involved and serious Chelsea. The new coach Benitez for this match will be deprived of the injured trio, stopper Terry, midfielder Lampard and striker Sturridge.
Chelsea probable lineup 4-2-3-1 : Cech;Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole;
Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata;Torres
As for the guests from Manchester, their road in Champions League for this season ended once again in the group stage,after the latest draw with Real Madrid by which they have lost all chances to qualify to the next round. To reflect,their games in Premier league are improved,and they are the only unbeaten team so far.
In the last four matches Citizens conceded only one goal,while in the meantime their attacking part of team looks much better after the last week 5-0 victory over Aston Villa.
In front of the match at Stamford Bridge,Man City coach Mancini is having lot of problems in the last line, given that the four players from first team are injured.Kompany, Lescott, Richards, Clichy are in that injured list as well as midfielder Rodwell,striker Balotelli while James Milner probably will be ready for this match.
Man City probable lineup 4-2-3-1 : Hart;Maicon, Nastasic, Lescott, Zabaleta,Toure, Garcia;Silva, Nasri,Tevez;Aguero
Match Predicton : Chelsea has a much greater imperative of winning,but still the guests dont lose so often in domestic competiton.Given they got the new coach,its hard to now what to expect.We belive the Blues wont lose this match,but we decided in the end to take here the option,both teams to score,or over 2,5 goals.