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

By on April 13, 2013

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Chelsea and Manchester City face off against each other at Wembley on Sunday in the semi final of the FA Cup.

With the winners facing Wigan in the final, who ever wins this one will be considered overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy in May.

Chelsea are looking to lift the FA Cup for a staggering fifth time in seven years and are the current holders having beaten Liverpool in last years final 2-1. However, City have also tasted success in recent times having beaten Stoke City to lift the 2011 trophy.

Rafa Benitez men have made there way to the semi final with wins over Southampton, Brentford and Middlesbrough before beating Manchester United in a replay 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the quarters.

City’s progress has been far easier with Roberto Mancini’s side beating Watford, Stoke, Leeds and Barnsley so far without conceding a single goal.

Chelsea may be feeling the effects of their long-haul trip to Russia on Thursday where they edged past Rubin Kazan 5-4 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-2. City didn’t play in midweek but kept their slim title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford last Monday.

Team News

Rafa Benitez is expected to keep faith with striker Fernando Torres up front with the Spaniard scoring three in his has two games. Demba Ba picked up a knock against Sunderland last weekend so may have to make do with a place on the bench.

Ryan Bertrand has recovered from illness and will start at left back with Ashley Cole continuing on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Gary Cahill is also still out with a knee injury and joins long-term injury victim Oriol Romeu on the treatment table.

John Terry and Frank Lampard are expected to be rested with Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard coming back in.

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of David Silva after he picked up a hamstring strain against Man Utd last time out. Mancini will give him until the last minute to prove his fitness but this game may come too soon.

Striker Sergio Aguero is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the winner at Old Trafford.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

City may be hoping the Chelsea players are feeling the effects of their trip to Russia in midweek but I can see the Blues edging this one. Rafa Benitez just seems to know how to win cups and I wouldn’t bet against him adding the 2012/13 FA Cup to his collection. Chelsea 2-1 Man City

What would be your starting eleven and whats your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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78 Comments

  1. Aaree

    April 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

    All ds chelsea will win of a tin. U will all be surprised today dat man city will win.

  2. eric

    April 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Chelsea will won the game 2-1

  3. bolaji

    April 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Chelsea,I’m confident,shall win today’s match,,,,,,though in a toouugh way

  4. Gabriel Godwin

    April 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Chelsea will win by 3-2 score line

  5. Gamany modiu

    April 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I will not be suprise to see my team wreck man city today bcos chelsea has destiney to win any opponent in wembley come any day chelsea2-mancity0 InshaAlhau

  6. Pipbrown

    April 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Chelsea will win a superb man match today,and it will be fantanstic for chelsea by winning 2-1 against man city. Man city will score 1 in the first half,while chelsea will equalise in the second half. And it will be a surprise for chelsea by scoring in injury time.

  7. Vin

    April 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I hope chelsea win cos mancity had beat us 2 times ds season and all we could is a draw in league @ home bt ds will pain dem if God giv us d glory

  8. inspirizu

    April 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    2:1 at the community shield
    2:0 at etithad stadium all in favour of the man city
    Hmm…….. Its going to Be a tough match
    With so much playing time this month which has made Ramires to Be in effective, Oscar to Be confuse
    Hazard to Be complacent, mata not to Be in control and mikel to Be making stupid mistakes also Dem ba injured………..

    But I hope torres shows a G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ display today and I wish to see mata to make decisive passes and hazard to drive in the ball to make dem commit so also oscar but the wings dat is playing is nt favouring him moreso Man city are rugged and rough

    But after all said and done chelsea should win the match KTBFFH!

  9. Oscar

    April 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

    U will not belive the scores to day! Chelsea 2 – 1 man city in full time, if the penalty,chelsea 4-2man city.take it or live it.

  10. Lopee

    April 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Chelsea wil win by 3goals 2 1.up chelsea is ur guy lopee

  11. Romeo

    April 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The blues are goin to win the match 2-1

  12. okpe dave

    April 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Chelsea wil win by 2goals to 1 in favour of chelsea

  13. Manyedi

    April 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    All i could say is d@ God should help us tru bcos mancity is a treat having beat us 2ice dis season. By God grace cfc is wining dis match by 2 1 full tum without extra tym “amen”

  14. Emmanuel

    April 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    chelsea we surely win this match by God grace, i believe it’s our time 2 beat them. The game we end 2:1 in favour of chelsea Amen

  15. Emmanuel

    April 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Chelsea will win d match.2-1 score line though is gonna be a tough match.

  16. seun adebayo

    April 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    chelsea will win by 3 goal to 1

  17. patrick valentine (pv)

    April 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    up blues 4 life,all i knw n can tell is dat d blues are going to win d match.

  18. Hazardouz

    April 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Chelsea we win d match by 3goals to 1, 3:1

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