Saturday, 15 February 2014

FA Cup Match preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Manchester City will play Chelsea tonight in a FA Cup fifth round at Etihad Stadium. The Premier League top teams go head to head for the fifth time in the history of FA Cup.

As next week there will be Champions league so these teams will going to give their star players a rest especially for City as they will face the Spanish giants Barcelona. While Chelsea will face Turkish side Galatasaray.

Team news for both teams:
Reports are saying that City playmaker Samir Nasri will be back to play against Chelsea after five weeks sidelined due to his back injury. The Spanish holding midfielder Javi Garcia will also be available for this fixture. While City’s Premier League top scorer Sergio Aguero is still out with a hamstring injury. Defender Matija Nastasic and midfielder Fernandinho both are also sidelined due to knee and muscle injury.

On the other hand Chelsea duo Gary Cahill and John Terry will both be unavailable for this clash. With these players out, Branislav Ivanovic would likely to start with David Luiz at center back role and Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole both at the sides.

Manchester City last five games (all competitions)
BPL: Norwich City 0 – 0 Manchester City
BPL: Manchester City 0 – 1 Chelsea
BPL: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 5 Manchester City
FA: Manchester City 4 – 2 Watford
BPL: Manchester City 4 – 2 Cardiff City

Chelsea last five games (all competitions)
BPL: West Brom 1 – 1 Chelsea
BPL: Chelsea 3 – 0 Newcastle
BPL: Manchesyer City 0 – 1 Chelsea
BPL: Chelsea 0 – 0 West Ham
FA: Chelsea 1 – 0 Stoke City

Head to head last five games (all competitions)
BPL: Manchester City 0 – 1 Chelsea
BPL: Chelsea 2 – 1 Manchester City
BPL: Manchester City 2 – 0 Chelsea
BPL: Chelsea 0 – 0 Manchester City
FA: Chelsea 1 – 2 Manchester City

Stat: “In four previous FA Cup clashes between these teams, City have won three.”

Probable lineups:
Both teams will start with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Manchester City eleven

Few week ago, Chelsea won 1-0 against City in a Premier League clash that ended City’s unbeaten home run but this time for me City boss Manuel Pellegrini will going to take a revenge and for this I think there will be more than three goals.

Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea

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