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Date: Saturday 17th February 2024

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s late game sees us travel to Manchester to face the current Premier League Champions.

Manchester City, who were 2 points off top with a game in hand at the start of the day, have won each of their last 11 matches across all tournaments and haven’t lost at the Etihad in their last 22 Premier League games. They come into today’s game off the back of a 3-1 away win against Copenhagen in the Champions League.

Our recent wins away to Villa and Palace shouldn’t fool anyone into thinking we’ve turned a corner. As good as we were against Villa, we were equally poor in the first half against Palace on Monday night. We found something in the tank to pull off the win and we have to take them however they come now but I don’t see a win today. Our last meeting was a bit of a surprise, with Palmer scoring in stoppage time against his former club to finish 4-4 but I don’t think we’ll fend them off in this one. City are about due to give someone a battering and we are likely to be the whipping boys.


Going into today’s game, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, is up to his usual kidology, saying “[Chelsea] playing really, really good last few games. They have everything: intense, quality, able to not lose the ball. They are a really good team, tough one tomorrow.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, says I think the lesson is that we are going to face a very, very good team. They are one of the best in the world. But at the same time, you need to be brave and try to force them to defend, to run back, and to their own goal. If we go there and wait to see what is going to happen, they are a team that can dominate and make you suffer. The most important thing is we realise the need to attack. After this, we need to be able to run and work together. There are some tactical questions we need to be aware of, but the most important thing is to be brave and challenge them.”


For Manchester City, Jack Grealish and Josko Gvardiol (ankle) are out and Bernardo Silva faces a late assessment. Mateo Kovacic and Sergio Gomez are both expected to be available.

For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Marc Cucurella (ankle), Lesley Ugochukwu (hamstring), Romeo Lavia (thigh), Benoit Badiashile (groin) and Reece James (hamstring) all remain out. Thiago Silva (groin) and Carney Chukwuemeka (ankle) also miss out, whilst Robert Sanchez is available again.


MANCHESTER CITY(Possible line-up): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Foden; Haaland

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell; Fernandez, Caicedo; Palmer, Gallagher, Jackson; Nkunku


Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea (21st May 2023)





  • Chelsea are winless in seven league and cup games against Manchester City.
  • November’s 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge ended a run of six consecutive City wins in this fixture.
  • City are vying for a 12th consecutive win in all competitions and a seventh successive league win.
  • City are unbeaten in 22 home league games.
  • Chelsea have won six and lost six of their 12 top-flight games since drawing 4-4 with City in November.
  • November’s win at Sp*rs is their only away league win this season against a side currently above them in the table.


Sportsmole: Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea



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