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Chelsea v Man City: Predicted Line-Ups For The Big Game

Chelsea take on Premier League title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the team news and predicted line-ups for both teams.

Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho’s men currently sit second – two points adrift of the Gunners – but City are just a further point back so it’s all to play for this weekend.

Chelsea have been boosted by the return of Ashley Cole to the squad. The defender has missed the last two games with a rib injury and was left back in London to continue his rehabilitation in midweek as the Blues beat Schalke 3-0 in the Champions League.

But Mourinho confirmed at his press conference on Friday that Cole has been passed fit to play and is likely to come straight back in to the starting line-up.

Gary Cahill was preferred to David Luiz in midweek after the Brazilians error against Cardiff last weekend so we think Mourinho will opt to stick with the former Bolton man on Sunday.

The other big question mark is who will start up front with Fernando Torres the favourite after an excellent two-goal performance against Schalke. Juan Mata is pushing for a recall and may replace Andre Schurrle, but Eden Hazard is expected to retain his place after an excellent display last time out. Here’s our predicted team:

Chelsea Line-Up

As for City, they have been dealt a blow with the news that captain Vincent Kompany will miss the game after failing to recover from his thigh strain in time. The Belgian picked up the problem against Everton earlier this month and although he’s working hard on his recovery, this game will come too soon.

Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury worries but could make a few changes from the side that beat Spartak Moscow in midweek. Samir Nasri is pushing for a recall and may replace Jesus Navas while Gael Clichy could come in for Kolarov at left back.

With Kompany out it looks like Garcia will continue at the back while Pablo Zabaleta will hope to keep Micah Richards out the team. Sergio Aguero is certain to play as he looks to continue his fine recent goal-scoring form. Here’s our predicted Man City team:

Man City Line-Up

What do you think of our line-ups? What would yours be?



  1. Osacar

    October 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Chelsea would win the match by 2-0.torres would score the two,if he start.

  2. Anymore

    October 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    chelsea is going to win this one coz Torres is now back on track

  3. Petosky

    October 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I would love mou 2 start wit torres now his doing good at the front.

  4. udoka kristian

    October 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I think Lampard should be rested to give way for Mikel/Essien bs lampard cannot contain pressure of Toure-Fernandinho

  5. Godwin

    October 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Chelsea will win the match by 2=1, let play torres up front. Blue is d colour

  6. Kelly

    October 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    1-1 4 both side

  7. nwachi chinonso kingsley

    October 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    i pary dat’s chelsea we win by 2-1 gaol from torres nd haza i will like mikel 2 paly

  8. onyeka sador

    October 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    hazard, oscar,mata, torres,rami,mekel,iva,cahil,devid nd cole

  9. Adebayo

    October 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    chelsea will win by 3 goals to 1

  10. Omolade Fatiu

    October 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    It will be a tough game but i wish Chelsea best of luck.
    Mikel, Ramires
    Hazard, Mata, Oscar

  11. Thiago

    October 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Mourinho shuld stop sentiment n play mikel n ramires in d middle of d field. Chelsea 3 city 1 up chelsea

  12. eazy. olanrewaju

    October 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Chelsea will win by 1. 0. Line up. Ivanovic cahil luiz and cole. Ramires and mikel hazard mata oscar. Torres. Front and essien for sub we will win the match. Up bluesssssssssssss

  13. ajibade

    October 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    mikel should replace lampard

  14. Stanley

    October 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Chelsea will beat man city 4 am sure with torres peformance up bluz and torres top 9

  15. oladele lad ex

    October 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I like mou to pay mikel or essien in the gAme agant man city.
    Chelsea 2-1 Man city


    October 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm


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      October 26, 2013 at 7:38 am


  17. Timlos

    October 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I will partner Luiz with Ramires to add more grit to the cover as this will also check Toure who is a dirty player.

  18. Johnmek

    October 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    d formation is I tink he shud replace lampard wt mikel .

  19. Ekpa Itid

    October 26, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Would love to have Torres AND Eto’o playing together feeding off of each other….

  20. joshua o

    October 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

    chelsea will win 2_1 mikel should play together wit Ramire because of our mid_field; i wish blue’s d best in jesus name.

  21. joshua o

    October 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

    against man_city i would like d boss to use Toress wit Eto’o together in d front 4 dis match so dat man_city will not be able to oprate too much.

  22. Essien Kelly

    October 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I hate u blue fans, u guyz r full of pride even your decayin coach. U shld learn from man utd, u pple seems to forget in a haste what happen last season. City till eternity.

  23. Brian

    October 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Dont be suprised if city carry the day by 3:2 win.

  24. Brian

    October 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Dont be suprised if city carry the day by 3:2 win. CTID

  25. happy emmanuel asukwo

    October 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

    i am a true chelsea fanz wit mikel nd ramires chelsea wld man city by 2 goals to 1, mourinho shuld use torres n eto’o upfront. Up chelsea

  26. jac

    October 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

    City will win in a canter. 0-3.

  27. Grayfield18

    October 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Will be a tough game without Kompany but City to win by 2 Torres has no consistency !

  28. Gashabuka

    October 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    City Win 3-1

  29. abui joseph

    October 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

    we much win by beating man city 2-1 but don’t forget playing William insteat of Lampard

  30. chukwuma .o

    October 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    tell them essien! City wil surely win against chelsea by God’s grace.their squad n their attacking style is wht one should think of.up city 4 life!

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