Kick-off: 1730, 08/05/2021
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Chelsea is more than just a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final and the hosts are favoured to take this encounter.
Pep Guardiola’s side will benefit from having an extra day to recover from their midweek European exploits and have won this corresponding fixture for the past three seasons.
We’re happy to accept 10/11 for the Citizens to prevail for our first Man City vs Chelsea prediction.
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City can officially clinch a third domestic title triumph in four years if successful in this contest and will be keen to get those celebrations done and dusted.
In Europe, the Citizens completed a 4-1 aggregate triumph over PSG thanks to a 2-0 second-leg victory at this venue on Tuesday, with Riyad Mahrez bagging both goals.
Kyle Walker believes they have benefited from past experiences after years of underachieving in the Champions League.
“This has felt like a proper Champions League,” he declared. “We have had tough moments, weathered the storm and in previous years we probably didn’t do that very well.
“That just shows the maturity and the togetherness we have got as a team now and hopefully we can take that into the final.
“Let’s not get too carried away with ourselves, we have still got a final to go and win, but we are there and that is the main thing, putting this club in the final and making history.”
In between the games against PSG, City were able to ring the changes and still bring in star names such as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Aguero broke the deadlock at Selhurst Park with a cracking strike and will have fond memories of facing Chelsea here, having hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 romp just over two years ago.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez.
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Chelsea followed City in booking a trip to Istanbul by brushing aside Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw in Spain.
Timo Werner and Mason Mount were on target on Wednesday night and Thomas Tuchel’s side could have easily doubled their advantage with more clinical finishing.
“It’s hard to put into words but it was a great performance,” Mount told the club website. “It was a tough, tough game but we were brilliant.
“We worked hard and we should have probably had about five! I should have had one 20 minutes before I scored but the most important thing is we won.
“As a team, we are so tight and we give each other that extra yard when someone is tired. We know what we can do, we know the group we have.”
The London outfit can take heart from last month’s FA Cup semi-final success versus City at Wembley as they try to stay on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Tuchel had the likes of Reece James, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench in midweek, so is also well-placed to freshen things up.
However, the champions-elect beat them 3-1 at the Bridge in this competition at the start of the year and have everything in their favour on this occasion.
Let’s finish off our Man City vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 2/1 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time as they did in January and for the last two meetings here.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Silva, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
MAN CITY 2-0 PSG – Riyad Mahrez (2)
CHELSEA 2-0 Real Madrid – Timo Werner, Mason Mount
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-0 Man City, Chelsea 1-3 Man City, Chelsea 2-1 Man City, Man City 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Man City
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