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Costa + Aguero Start: Predicted Starting XI’s For Man City vs Chelsea

Champions Manchester City welcome title favourites Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here are our predicted starting line-ups for the game:

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Premier League champions Manchester City welcome title favourites Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here are our predicted starting line-ups for the game:

Man City

Goalkeeper: No question Joe Hart will start the match unless he picks up a late injury.

Defence: Pablo Zabaleta is set to return after missing the midweek clash against Bayern Munich so Bacary Sagna will drop to the bench. Gael Clichy is expected to keep Alexander Kolarov out the side once again while Eliaquim Mangala is unlikely to break up the Demichelis-Kompany partnership just yet.

Midfield: Fernando remains on the sidelines so Fernandinho will continue alongside Yaya Toure in midfield. James Milner could come in as he did against Arsenal last weekend to offer some versatility and work-rate against a dangerous Chelsea side.

Attack: Edin Dzeko is struggling with a niggling back injury so Sergio Aguero could spearhead the attack with David Silva and Samir Nasri in support.


Goalkeeper: Jose Mourinho has picked Thibaut Courtois as his No.1 and that’s not likely to change this weekend. Petr Cech should start in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to be recalled after being rested in midweek so Filipe Luis should drop back to the bench. Otherwise, Mourinho will stick to his favoured back-four.

Midfield: There is a chance Mourinho may bring Ramires in to add more power to his midfield which could see Cesc Fabregas moved further forward – possibly in place of Oscar. However, I can see the in-form Blues taking the game to City which could see Mourinho adopt a more attacking line-up than usual.

Attack: Eden Hazard is a certainty to start and Andre Schurrle seems to be the preferred choice over Willian right now, so the duo could support Diego Costa with Mourinho confirming the Spaniard will start up front having been rested in midweek.

Here’s how the two teams could line-up:

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What do you think of the teams? What would your line-up be?



  1. Admire Tarasana

    September 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Would love chelsea to wib this match

  2. edom samuel

    September 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I predict chelsea will overpower man city by a lon goal

  3. Amponsah emmanuel

    September 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Chelsea will power man city by 2 goals to 1

  4. fuad hussein

    September 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    i expect today game is agreat compition in epl & its have their own on selectig the champions club in 2014/2015 so chelsea won on etihah by 2:1 goooooooooooooooaaaaaaaal .viva lampard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.with special one.>…………………….!

  5. Micheal Oluwabenga Mikel

    September 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Mancherster City 1 CHELSEA 2

  6. ismail tijani

    September 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    i tink chelsea ar at their best positn to win de match nd i wil luv to see m.salah nd willian playin against man city cus dey hav the strength to play man city very well

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