Chelsea vs Man City Preview: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 25, 2012

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Rafael Benitez takes charge of his first game as Chelsea boss when he welcomes Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The former Liverpool manager was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season after owner Roman Abramovich sacked Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday.

Di Matteo was relieved of his duties after the current European champions were left on the brink of elimination from the competition following Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus, and Benitez was drafted in on Thursday to oversee the rest of the campaign.

The Spaniard’s opening game couldn’t get much harder as the Premier League champions come to town with the home side looking to end a four-game win-less run. The Blues trail new league leaders Man Utd by six points so they can close the gap to just three with a win this afternoon.

Team News

Chelsea captain John Terry remains out with a knee injury picked up against Liverpool two weeks ago. Gary Cahill and David Luiz are expected to continue their partnership at centre back.

Daniel Sturridge missed the midweek defeat to Juventus with a hamstring strain but Fernando Torres is likely to return to the starting line-up after being benched in Turin. Frank Lampard remains out.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is expected to miss the game with a knee injury picked up during their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. Mario Balotelli is back in contention after missing the last two games with a back injury.

Defender Gael Clichy could also return after overcoming an ankle problem but Jack Rodwell and Micah Richards remain out.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

A huge game at the Bridge and Rafa Benitez will have to use all his experience to outfox Roberto Mancini this afternoon. Both sides will be desperate for all three points to close the gap on United but we can see this game ending in a draw. Chelsea 1-1 Man City.

What would your team be and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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20 Comments

  1. Mezu

    November 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I go for draw

  2. Mezu

    November 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Man city is a very good side and chelsea wit new manager will find it difficult to adapt to the game quickly so a draw will be better for both side

  3. jazuliibrahim

    November 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Rafa can not do what dimatteo did not do or even guadiola who is guadiola nobody will tell us bcos all what we know is righkard. At last torres will sack any manager bcos torres is useless he destroy chelsea he is not true blue.

    • ANSAH VICTOR

      November 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      TORRES IS NT USELESS,HE IS A GUD PLAYER OF ALL TIME BUT DOSE MANAGERS ARE NT CAPABLE OF USING HIM.

      • jazuliibrahim

        November 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        He is

  4. ishaq

    November 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    P̶̲̥̅̊ι̥ε̲̣̣̣̥α̍̍̊Ƨ̷̜̩̌̋ε̲̣̣̣̥ use marin 4 tudaiz match

  5. mcnumec

    November 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I earlier warned Di matteo b4 his sack that rather than allow a toothless Torres to sack him which he has done, he should bring in Daniel Sturrige but he never heed to that, what is the result of constantly yielding an ineffective striker. He allowed Lukaku to go on loan who may have rescued him. is it too much to keep 3 or 4 striker in a team? Look at united and city having a lot of strikers but Di Matteo choose Torres to sack him, well goodluck to him.

  6. Milamjoe

    November 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Torres is gonna find back of the net 2day, with 2goals against man city!

  7. Emekus

    November 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What abramovic did was the best for blues,bcos avb was havin problem wit result he couldn’t control the players week in week out,he wanted to assume total command of the club,not knowing some player,considering there age difference bcomes fedup which lead to his sacking as for rdm understood the players and spoke to them as brothers,even as manager he came down to their level and explain some certain things which prompt the senior players to be serious and the junior players followed.now rdm won the ucl wit that motivation and speech which avb couldnot manage due to poor result.but now rdm lacks discipline bcos the current squad take him 4 granted giving them the impression that even i don’t play well atleast i will be played in the next match.now a new manager like benitez who didnot know any of the so called ‘star’players under rdm.the players aware if dey fail 2 play wit expection will be bench with the jan.transfer window in the corner i pity some players that will leave the club.so benitez 4 now is what we nid to put discipline back to squad.

  8. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    November 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    It wil be a hard game here 4 chelsea but it may be draw

  9. Efre

    November 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Blues winin dpens on tores, if he can score then we wl win

  10. Bonface

    November 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I trust Chelsea…..they fight until the end
    Chelsea 2-1man city

  11. Arinze

    November 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Chelsea may win dem dependin on d tactics nd hw eagernes they r 2 win d match.

  12. Yussif Naziru

    November 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Chelsea 4-2 Man city, hat-trick for El ninò Torres.

  13. Iyamu kingsley

    November 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Chelsea win the match by 2-1 nd torres wil score one the goals up blues

  14. andy

    November 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I see dblues wining †̥н̣̣̣̝̇̇̇ι̥ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ one.Elnino,s 1st hat trick in †ђξ blues colour!

  15. HAKIM HALIDU

    November 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    For chsea to end deir probs,dey hv 2 buy 2 strg strikers n replacement 4 d ful baks.

  16. uzair mohammed

    November 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    man city are not good, they are ……..

    chelsea will win 3-2 and that will be the real score

    even though i support man u

  17. samuel

    November 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    chelsea must score goals 2day to keep rafael’s hope high. i suport chelsea and must win 2day if they play well

  18. samuel

    November 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    chelsea must score goals 2day to keep rafael’s hope high. i suport chelsea and must win 2day if they play well.

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