Manchester City V Chelsea Preview: Where To Watch, Predicted XI And Betting Odds

Manchester City will be looking to make it 12 wins in a row when they take on Chelsea at the Etihad this weekend.

The reigning champions could find themselves in 3rd place at kick-off with title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal playing earlier in the day. Securing the three points is, therefore, vital to keep their ambitions of finishing top of the table on track.

Manager Pep Guardiola could be without four players for Saturday evening’s fixture. Mateo Kovacic (knee) is a doubt to face his former club, with Bernardo Silva (ankle) needing a late fitness test as well.

Jack Grealish has a groin injury that he picked up in the 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen midweek and he is not expected to face the Chelsea. Josko Gvardiol is sidelined with ankle ligament damage that will rule him out until March.

Manchester City’s Predicted XI to play Chelsea:

Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Foden, Haaland, Doku

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has a lengthy injury list. There were some concerns about Malo Gusto after he was forced off in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace but he is set to make the trip to Manchester.

However, eight others could be ruled out with Thiago Silva (groin), Carney Chukwuemeka (ankle), Benoit Badiashile (groin), Reece James (hamstring), Romeo Lavia (thigh), Lesley Ugochukwu (hamstring), Marc Cucurella (ankle) and Wesley Fofana (ACL) all unavailable.

Chelsea’s Predicted XI:

Petrovic, Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell, Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher, Palmer, Jackson, Nkunku

Where To Watch

The game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR. Kick-off is at 5:30 pm on Saturday.

Betting Odds

Manchester City are favourites to secure the three points with Coral pricing them at 4/11 odds-on to win. A draw is 19/4 with Unibet, while a victory for Chelsea is currently 15/2 at Sky Bet.

Predicted Score – 3-1 to City

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.