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Manchester City vs. Chelsea Preview: Likely Lineups, Forecast, Strategies, Team News, and Important Stats.

Manchester City vs. Chelsea Preview: Likely Lineups, Forecast, Strategies, Team News, and Important Stats.

The 12th gameweek of the 2023–24 Premier League season will culminate on Sunday at Stamford Bridge with a thrilling match between Chelsea and Manchester City.

The final foreign holiday of 2023 is almost upon us. However, there are still a few games left in the 2023–24 Premier League season. This Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge will conclude Gameweek 12.

 

After a terrible 2022–2023 season, Chelsea would have hoped that things would improve under Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance. However, so far this season, the Blues have won as many games as they have lost. Nevertheless, there have been some encouraging signals because chance-creation has been excellent. In the interim, Pochettino’s accusations Charges defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on Monday, the day before this game.

 

Conversely, Manchester City entered the new campaign fresh off their treble victory from the previous one. Although Pep Guardiola’s team has once again performed admirably this season, two losses have resulted from a few unusual performances. However, the defending champions have won their last five games, their most recent triumph occurring in the UEFA Champions League against BSC Young Boys.

 

Last season, Manchester City prevailed 1-0 in the match, with Riyad Mahrez scoring the game’s lone goal. In advance of the most recent meeting between the two parties, The Hard Tackle examines the encounter in greater detail.

Group News & Strategies

With Chelsea

In advance of his team’s most recent match, Mauricio Pochettino has welcomed a positive update on the team news front. Six first team players will be unavailable for Sunday’s match against Manchester City, according to the Chelsea manager.

 

The good news is that Armando Broja, who sustained a knee injury, ought to be back in action. However, Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (thigh), Wesley Fofana (ACL), Carney Chukwuemeka (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), and Christopher Nkunku (knee) are still out.

 

Even though Robert Sanchez has been inconsistent as a Chelsea player, he will continue to start in goal. In front of him, the home team will adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation. The first-choice quartet of Reece James, Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill, Thiago Silva.

 

When playing defense, Chelsea will switch from their 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-3-3, putting more men behind the ball. Conor Gallagher will therefore drop back for additional defensive support. Gallagher will resume playing at number ten to release the attackers with his link-up play.

 

The other two midfielders, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez, will be responsible for maintaining tight conditions in the middle of the park. Nicolas Jackson enters the game on Sunday having just defeated Tottenham Hotspur hat-trick. This weekend, the Senegalese international will start at the head of the Blues’ lineup, with Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling rounding out the final three positions.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Silva, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland

One to Watch

Palmer Cole

During Manchester City’s games, Erling Haaland is frequently the focus. However, Cole Palmer, 21, will be playing against his old team for the first time since joining Chelsea on deadline day. This is the big matchup that we have selected for this Sunday.

 

Since joining Chelsea this past summer, the Englishman has been among the team’s most reliable players. Three goals and four assists in ten games played so far is an impressive record. Palmer hopes to demonstrate his point on Sunday by increasing that total and picking up a point or three for his new team.

 

Expectation

Chelsea 1 – 2 City of Manchester

There haven’t been many goals in Chelsea and Manchester City’s recent meetings. The Blues are strong defensively and do not give up many opportunities, even though they have been economical in the last third. The home team’s performance on Sunday ought to be characterized by that defensive dependability. However, their deficiency in offensive output will also come into play.

 

Since the start of the previous season, Erling Haaland has made 70 appearances for Manchester City across all competitions, scoring 67 goals. Chelsea, on the other hand, has scored 72 goals in 64 games during that time. On Sunday, The Hard Tackle predicts Haaland to score the game-winning goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory, so that deficit should narrow even further.

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