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

By on February 23, 2013

Etihad Stadium Man City

Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to keep alive their slim hopes of retaining their Premier League title.

Roberto Mancini’s men are clinging to the coat-tails of run-away leaders Manchester United after a run of three games without a win has seen City fall 15 points behind their rivals – who beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

City were beaten 3-1 by Southampton last time out in the league but got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup last weekend so Mancini will be hoping to build on that performance.

Chelsea arrive at the Etihad knowing victory would not only end City’s title dreams this season but would move the Londoners to within a single point of the hosts and put themselves very much in the frame for second place.

Rafa Benitez’ men will be confident they can resign City to only their second home defeat of the season with Chelsea boasting the second best away record in the division, and head into the game off the back of Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Sparta Prague that saw them qualify for the last 16 of the competition.

Team News

City are sweating on the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany with the defender struggling to overcome a calf problem that has kept him on the sidelines for the last four games. He will be given a late fitness test but is expected to return to partner Matija Nastasic in central defence.

Midfielder Gareth Barry is also a doubt with an ankle problem and could miss out, while Carlos Tevez is likely to start up front with Sergio Aguero in support.

Chelsea are expected to recall Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for the game after resting the duo in midweek. John Terry will be hoping to retain his place at the back while David Luiz could start in midfield.

Ashley Cole is also expected to be restored at left-back while Demba Ba should get the nod up front at the expense of Fernando Torres.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Man City have the upper-hand in recent times against Chelsea, winning their last three home games against the Blues. While both sides will be desperate for all three points we can see this one ending in a stalemate. Man City 1-1 Chelsea

What would be your starting line-up and what’s you score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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56 Comments

  1. Olorunniyi rotimi

    February 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    By d grace of God, chelsea will win man city in Jesus name

  2. richard. oluwatosin

    February 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    By d grace of God chelsea will win mancity in jesus name.

  3. Onyedikachukwu okpara

    February 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    God

  4. Tvilla

    February 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Chelsea will overcome man city

  5. oluwashinaayomi Adodo

    February 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Chelsea will win 2moro in jesus name Amen

  6. Onyedikachukwu okpara

    February 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    God wil help us to beat man city.. Wt GOD chelsea can mak it..in juses name ama

  7. emmanuel

    February 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Chelsea wil win by d grace of God. Amen

  8. anuchi antonio ogochukwu

    February 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I strongly believe that chelsea wii beat man city by 3 goals to 2 by the grace of God,amen. Up blus.I will you guys good luck

  9. Oyeyemi

    February 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Chelsea wil overcome man city if rafa can rest his favourite striker torress,useless manager

  10. Philand

    February 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Dey wil setle 4 a drw, but dat chelsea wil win

  11. Philand

    February 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I pray dat chelsea shud win

  12. David nelson

    February 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Chelsea will beat man city by a goal difference in jesus name. Amen.

  13. Nelsima

    February 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    A tight one but with d magic of HOM (Hazard, Oscar & Mata) it’s Chelsea 2-1 City. Blues 4eva!

  14. Longe seun

    February 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I wish Chelsea the very best of luck against Man city.

  15. ONYII-BOY

    February 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    The game is our’s, i don’t care what tevez tures aguero, all i know is that mikel or luis will lampard oscar to eden for hazard to give mata charge over BA to strike inside the city’s Net.

  16. x-style

    February 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    l wish chelsea the very best for 2moro’s game against man-city. Chelsea 2-0 man-city. Blues 4 life!

  17. Ambrose

    February 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    i pray dt God we see us through in 2mrow match chelsea we win man-city by 2-1 up blues

  18. CIC86

    February 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Chelsea are the favourite…manchester city are not on top of their form

  19. Jassey

    February 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Luiz 2 lampard,lampard 2 mikel,mikel 2 aplicuqta,aplicuqta 2 mata,mata 2 hazard,hazard 2 ba ba ix a gooool 2 1 fnl wistl

  20. haliru y

    February 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    i wch chelsea goodluck 2morro Up blues.

  21. Chidi Peter

    February 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    blues all the way, we just need vital away win if rafa could help us.

  22. Gbenga White

    February 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Mr Rafa big fool, pls dnt spoil Cfc 4us. Go Go Go we want DI MATTEO. Baba olowo pls do smthin

  23. olaniyan pamilerin timothy

    February 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

    chelsea fear not for God is with u. Mancity : Chelsea: 0: 5

  24. olaniyan pamilerin timothy

    February 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Chelsea have faith in God. Mancity mountain will turn to valley 2mr.

  25. Saliu abdulazeez

    February 24, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I pray dat chelsea wil defeat man city 3 goals 2 1

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  27. Ajah godwin

    February 24, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Cech, iva-liuz-terry(for multivation)-a.cole
    mikel-lampard
    hazard-mata-moses
    BA
    keep oscar, Ben,cahil & torres as sub

  28. damilola damosky

    February 24, 2013 at 5:52 am

    My starting 11…..cech ivanovic terry cahill cole lampard luiz moses mata hazard ba

  29. Joshuaikekhua

    February 24, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Lagbook.com

  30. Durosinmi razaq

    February 24, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I belive in almighty hazard and oscar

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