Latest Team News + Predicted Starting XI’s For Man City vs Chelsea

By on February 2, 2014
Photo: Sportinglife.com

Photo: Sportinglife.com

Chelsea visit the Etihad to take on Manchester City on Monday night in a vital clash at the top of the Premier League table.

City dropped to second following Arsenal’s victory on Sunday so will be hoping to reclaim top spot with a win, while the Blues will be desperate to keep in touch with the top two after dropping points in midweek.

Manuel Pellegrini will have to make do without the services of Sergio Aguero after the striker picked up a hamstring strain during the midweek win over Spurs, so Alvaro Negredo could come back in to the attack alongside Edin Dzeko.

Otherwise, the Citizens are expected to keep faith with the eleven that performed so well at White Hart Lane, although Stevan Jovetic is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to grab his first league goal of the season against Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho has to decide whether to mix things up following a disappointing 0-0 draw with West Ham last time out. January signing Nemanja Matic could com in to the midfield with John obi Mikel the man likely to make way.

Frank Lampard is also pushing for a recall, but Samuel Eto’o is expected to retain his place in attack ahead of Demba Ba despite miss-firing on Wednesday, with Fernando Torres still out with a knee injury

Here are the predicted teams:

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What do you think of our line-ups? Share your suggestions below.

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27 Comments

  1. im chinesse

    February 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    can’t see jose playing anything different ,maybe because he knows that this squad is so predictable he will try something else ,but what….
    Matic will have to play he will secure every long ball ,also Oscar and Hazard will play.
    Maybe Willian for Schurrle or Eto’o for Ba or Mikel for Ramires

  2. Idowu adewole zaria kaduna

    February 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    If moh can use eto, hazard, osca, willian, mikel, remeris, ceser, terry, cahil, evanovich and check. Chelsea 5- mancity 0. If nt den chelsea 2- mancity 0. I said it against man u so watch it again

  3. austine daivd

    February 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I believe @idowu adewole,this is what i want to see not trash.We are not changing our style of play because we want to play man city,we will play our normal game because we want to win the league.Up chelsea.

  4. Yusuff selphew

    February 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Chelsea go win,i will like to see ceck,ivanovic,aziplikueta,cahill,terry,mikel,ramires,harzard.willams,oscz,eto’o,2-1

  5. keminho

    February 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    i sugest using cech, cole, terry, cahill, ivanovic, luiz, lampard. Hazard, oscar, willian, eto’o. Up chelsea, we wil disgrace mancity. We dnt fear etihad stadium.

    • Sharif Hamisi

      February 3, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Fantastic line up keminho, i also go with that, we don’t fear Etihad like otherz. posibly we want 2 win with a clean sheet nothing else, blueez da one n only original blue.

  6. keminho

    February 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    or ramires should start b4 luiz comin in wit mikel. Up chelsea

  7. seyram dogbey

    February 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    chec,ivano,Cesar,terry,Cahill,Luiz,Matic,Ramirez,hazard,Oscar,willian, or chec,iva,Cesar,Terry,Luiz,Matic,Ramirez,Oscar,hazard,willian,shurrel/eto/ba. man. c2 Chelsea 3

  8. VND

    February 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    If chelsea really wants to win this with some entertaining football and not the 19th century football they played against d likes of arsenal then they should go for cech terry cahill azpi ivanovic luiz ramires oscar hazard willian eto’o

  9. arthur abel

    February 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

    i think giving Salah an opportunity in such a big game wud boost his confindence.Cech,Ivanovic,Cahill,Terry,Ramires,matic,Hazard,Oscar,Salah,Eto’o(4-2-3-1)

  10. Kazeem

    February 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Chelsea all d way, no one can stop us

  11. arthur abel

    February 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

    i think giving Salah an
    opportunity in such a big game
    wud boost his
    confindence.Cech,Ivanovic,Cahill,Terry,Azpiliquita,Ramires,matic,Hazard,Oscar,Salah,Eto’o
    (4-2-3-1)

  12. SANYU CLEMENT

    February 3, 2014 at 4:45 am

    i think it should be Cebh,ivanovic,Azpilicueta,terry,cahil,luiz,hazard,ramires,etoo,oscar,salah

  13. Bright Amanze

    February 3, 2014 at 5:19 am

    By God grace chelsea we come out there with 3 point.the line up is ok but l don’t want see lampard there.

  14. haruna

    February 3, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Chelsea is so gonna have its backside thrashed today! I see man city winning by 5 goals to 1.

  15. haruna

    February 3, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Chelsea is so gonna have its backside thrashed today! I see man city winning by 5 goals to 1. Today is the day Jose will regret the day he sold Mata to man utd. Mata would have been the game changer. Jose’s game has become so predictable with hazard too predictable runs. I’m sorry for all the fans of chelsea cos dis time tomorrow, they will be singing another song. Maybe the “Sack Jose” song

  16. James Cheery

    February 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Cech,ivan,terry,cahill,azaplicuita,remires,david luis,hazard,oscar,mohamad salah nd eto.. I tink dis is wat we need as our first xi…willain,lampard,matic or mikel, i min,1 of dis 4 men, nd ba in sec..half, will lead the down fall of mancity bcus silver,toure nd compony, would hav get weak by den.. My willian/lampard in rep.. Salah nd matic or mikel in rep.. Oscar,nd ba for eto..wil mak mancity cry.. Mou.. Nd the fans i tink dis will be fantastic… With dis, chelsea 3 nd mancity 1.. Becuz God him self to know we hav surfared so much in the hand of west ham, wen others ar wining, dis is our turn, our 3 point o lord i want u indis game amen.. Good luck .. Mou.. Nd his men is up to u nw… Bye..

  17. Oni Adekunle peace

    February 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Up chelsea!!! Up mouriho!!! That formation is goood.. But i sugest one chec it out 4-2-1-3…. Cech, ivanovic, terry, cahil, azplicueta dats 4 d difenders…. Matic, d.luiz dat is 4 d denfensive mildfielder… Why oscar will play from atacking mildfilder 10….. Hazard, etoo, and willain wil be our forwards… Wit dis formation i hope chelsea will be victorious… We dont neeed ramires nor lampard in d match, mikel can come up in d second half of d game…. Chelsea 2.1 man.city

  18. udeme aduak

    February 3, 2014 at 6:32 am

    cech… Ivan… Cahil… Terry… Azpi…
    Ramires… David luiz…matic
    oscar… Eto’o hazard .format. 4 3 3 or cech ivan cahil terry azpi
    mikel / luiz
    ramirez matic oscar hazard
    eto’o format 4 1 4 1 or cech ivan cahil terry azpi
    ramires matic oscar hazard
    eto sala. 4 4 2 i predict chelsea 3 city 1 do that mou.

  19. Ab

    February 3, 2014 at 6:37 am

    chelsea all d way!!!!

  20. leonkipro

    February 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I expect chelsea to win 2:1

  21. hammed Dribble o

    February 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I will jst like our boss 2 jst start m.salah..if he can do dat chelsea wiLl win

  22. austin

    February 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Etihad is only a stadium notin else. city 1-2 chel

  23. philanthropist

    February 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Hazard,Oscar,willams,Eto,ramires Mikel Terry,Cahil,Azpi,ivan cech. If chelsea can go with this players then chelsea will win Chelsea 5-2 Man city. Chelesa till I die

  24. Joseph Raphael

    February 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

    with God all tinz are possible.chelsea can beat almighty rated man city ooo.stay tuned @ 8:45,u gonna enjoy it….Up Chelsea

  25. real timo

    February 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    chelsea is strong, stronger, and strongest. And always win in the game wth high pressure. Chesy 3 city 1

  26. Kendo

    February 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    D team that played better will win

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