Manchester city vs Chelsea: How Chelsea can defeat Manchester city in Etihad EPL clash

Following Chelsea’s recent success in the Champions League, the Blues are back in league action when they travel to Manchester to face Manchester City.

A Kai Havertz double in Chelsea’s last league game secured all three points at home to Fulham.

Currently, Thomas Tuchel’s side sits fourth in the league table and are three points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.

With only four games remaining of the Premier League season, the Blues will be desperate to secure Champions League football.

As for Manchester City, Pep’s side can clinch the league title if they pick up all three points against Chelsea.

Expected Chelsea starting xi

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic, Werner

After featuring for the Blues as a wingback against Real Madrid, Cesar Azpilicueta is set to feature in a back three for the clash with City.

The Spaniard is set to play alongside both Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger at the heart of Chelsea’s backline.

With Azpilicueta potentially reverting back to a centre back, this will allow Reece James to slot back in as a wingback for the upcoming league fixture.

Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined for Chelsea. Therefore, Jorginho looks set to partner N’Golo Kante once again.

In the win over Real Madrid, Timo Werner netted the Blues’ first goal. The German forward looks set to retain his place in the Chelsea side.

Christian Pulisic impressed off the bench in the Blues’ recent fixture. The young American will be itching to start against Manchester City as Tuchel hinted at several changes for the trip to the Etihad.

Chelsea best line up to defeat Manchester city

Mendy; Zouma, Rudiger, Christensen; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante should continue to man the engine room, as Mount features further forward alongside Pulisic, who was surprisingly named on the bench on Wednesday but should return here.

Cesar Azpilicueta put in a tireless shift on the right-hand side and should be given a rest as Reece James returns to the fold, while Marcos Alonso is a candidate to feature on the other side if Ben Chilwell earns a day off.

Tuchel must be careful not to overwork Thiago Silva and his 36-year-old legs, so Kurt Zouma is a candidate to feature in the visitors’ back three alongside Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

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