CHELSEA will look to put themselves back into the Premier League title picture when they take on Man City at the Etihad.
The Blues have got themselves back into form following their pulsating 2-2 draw with Liverpool two weeks ago at Stamford Bridge.
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Thomas Tuchel’s side played with new intensity that day and have since knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup 3-0 on aggregate.
City have been in form for months, however, and look set to defend their Premier League crown once again.
But Chelsea will have one last crack at trying to drag Pep Guardiola’s men into a fight they’d rather not be in.
What time does Chelsea vs Man City kick-off?
- Chelsea’s big clash away at Man City will get underway from 12.30pm UK time on Saturday, January 15 – TODAY.
- The game will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
- There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance at the match.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- Man City vs Chelsea will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD for viewers in the UK.
- You can live stream the action from the BT Sport app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
Phil Foden has Covid-19 so won’t be involved for Chelsea, while Riyad Mahrez is on AFCON 2022 duty with Algeria.
John Stones could return after recovering from a slight knock while Ederson will come back into goal for Zack Steffen.
N’Golo Kante has returned for the Blues and will likely start alongside Mateo Kovacic against Guardiola’s side.
Expect Thiago Silva to play in central defence, with Kai Havertz to partner Romelu Lukaku up front.
- Man City – 7/10
- Draw – 3/1
- Chelsea – 4/1
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of publication.
The Blues most recent battles
Chelsea’s leagye form has taken a huge dip in comparison to the way the season started off which will be concerning for Thomas Tuchel and the hierarchy at the club.
The west London outfit have only registered three wins in their last ten league encounters and two of those victories were by fine one goal margins against relegation fighters Watford and a weakened Leeds United.
To highlight things even further, Tuchel’s men have been held to a tie four times in their last five matches with three of those games being played at Stamford Bridge.
But on the other hand, Chelsea have excelled in the cup competitions by comfortably disposing of Spurs over two legs to reach the final of the Carabao Cup and beating Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup third round last weekend.
Manchester City run of form
Despite having a slight blip at the start of the campaign, the Manchester machine is well and truly up and running.
City are currently on an eleven match winning run which includes convincingly beating their local rivals at Old Trafford, hammering Leeds United 7-0 last month and scraping a 2-1 victory at the Emirates on the first day of the year even with a below par performance.
In that time, the reigning Premier League champions have scored a total of 33 goals which is incredible.
Pep’s only concern will be in the cup competitions because City lost their final Champions League group fixture to RB Leipzig albeit they had a man sent off and although they eventually eased past Swindon Town in the FA Cup third round, the League Two outfit had moments in the game where they were on top.
Premier League head to head
Manchester City had the last laugh when the clubs met back in September but Chelsea have shown their superiority over the Cityzen’s in this competition overall.
The Blues have won 27 out of the 49 games played between the two and scoring 71 goals in the process, however, recent years have shown that the reigning Premier League champions are hunting Chelsea down.
Check out the rest of the league statistics when these two giants of England clash.
Thomas Tuchel is taking note
Despite the Chelsea gaffer getting the better of his opposite number on multiple occasions including the Champions League final, Thomas Tuchel still believes that Pep is still the benchmark for managers in terms of what he has achieved in the sport.
Here is some of what the German had to say in his pre-match press conference.
Yep. Short question, short answer but for me, yes. Everybody can have their own opinion but look at his [Pep] records, his track records.
Look what he did to all his teams in Barcelona, Munich and Man City. Look what he did to the clubs.
I try to learn from everybody, from every opponent and I try to analyse from every opponent but I have a lot of respect for Pep, everybody knows that.
Its the final count down
Since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January last year, Chelsea progressing to a cup final is starting to become a regular occurrence and they continued that tradition in their most recent outing against London rivals Spurs.
The 1-0 victory on Wednesday comfortably confirmed the West London club’s spot in the Carabao Cup final and with the scheduled date of the final being on the 27th of February 2022, this incidentally will be Chelsea’s third major occasion in a little over nine months.
However it hasn’t been all good times for the Blues. They lost the FA Cup Final in May 2021 to Leicester courtesy of an unbelievable 30-yard screamer by Youri Tielemans but the 5x Premier League champions made amends of that performance when they pipped Manchester City to the Champions League trophy a fortnight later.
Today is technically not a cup final but it will feel like one to everyone in the Chelsea corner because a win would close the gap between themselves and league leaders Man City but a loss could potentially knock them out of the title race altogether.
How the league is looking
Pep’s incredible win percentage is testament to Man City’s chart positioning of top spot which they have held since the 4th of December.
The hosts are currently in a comfortable position at the pinnacle of the charts but should City beat today’s opposition, it would open up a whopping 13 point gap between themselves and the Blues.
Chelsea are in need of a win if they want to stand any chance of clinching the title but they also have to keep an eye on third place Liverpool who are only one point behind them with a game in hand.
December Manager of the Month
In addition to Pep Guardiola’s successful City story, the Spanish magician has just been honoured with the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for a second consecutive time.
Guardiola led his to team to 7 victories in 7 games scoring 24 goals and keeping 4 cleans sheets which is absolutely outstanding.
Pep Guardiola stats at City
Let’s take a deeper delve into the Spanish wizard Pep Guardiola’s numbers in charge of Manchester City.
In 325 matches, the City gaffer has achieved 238 victories, 39 draws and only 48 loses which accumulates to a win percentage of approximately 74%.
The Spaniard has seen his side’s net 795 goals in that time and only conceding 266 times in six seasons at the club.
Below are the trophies Pep has won during his tenure in Manchester:
- 3x Premier League
- 1x FA Cup
- 4x League Cups
- 2x Community Shields
Continuation of the title race
The Manchester City Twitter admin has kindly provided us with a short clip on the Cityzen’s title hunt up until this point in the season and Gabriel Jesus’ winner against Chelsea last September is embedded in the video.
Let’s see who can spot it.
Recap of the last episode
When the Cityzens last encountered Chelsea in a Premier League clash, it ended up being the perfect start for Pep’s side in a tough run of fixtures which included travelling to Parc des Princes where they were awaited by Paris Saint-German for a Champions League fixture, followed up by a trip to Anfield a couple days later.
Unlike the Champions League final between the clubs in May 2021, the Blues were very passive and lack lustre in their attacks which allowed Man City to dictate play for large periods of the game.
Had it not been for Senegalese sensation Edouard Mendy pulling off some fantastic saves in the match alongside some poor finishing by the City attackers, Chelsea would have been on the end of a drubbing.
However a deflected Gabriel Jesus effort on the 53rd minute was enough for the visitors on the day to take all three points and to end Chelsea’s undefeated start to the season.
In addition to that, Pep Guardiola hit another milestone in his illustrious managerial career because that win meant the Spaniard is now currently the most successful gaffer at City in terms of victories.
Eager to enter the Etihad
On the subject of betting, I bet that these fans are excited hence why they are at the Etihad just under an hour and a half before kick-off.
Here are the betting odds
Man City to win – 7/10
Draw – 3/1
Chelsea to win – 4/1
*Odds from Betfair are correct at the time of publication.
Football fanatic Fletcher cannot wait
Looks as if I am not the only one who is excited because popular BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher has tweeted how he is feeling for the huge top of the table clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Welcome to Manchester City vs Chelsea
Good day to the entire SunSport community tuned in this morning. I cannot believe that we are half-way through January already. Where does time go?
We have a special blog on the cards lined up today which is not mathematically a title decider but could enhance one of the teams’ chances of clutching the trophy in May dependant on the result.
Champions of Europe Chelsea travel to up north to take on the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad stadium and I for one am excited.
The Cityzens are on blistering form in the league at the moment having not lost a game since the shocking 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace back in October. They are such a formidable force.
But if anybody is capable of beating the 2021 champions of England it is Thomas Tuchel’s men which they have proved in the Champions League final eight months ago. However the Blues have drew four out of their last five Premier League outings so things need to drastically change if they are to close the gap on City at the top of the charts.
Make sure to not go too far from your devices people because coming shortly we will have all the injury news, latest gossip and the highly anticipated starting elevens followed by kick-off which is scheduled for 12:30pm UK time.