Chelsea and Manchester City lock horns in the fifth round of FA Cup on Sunday evening in a match which both teams desperately wanting to win in search of a silverware.
Chelsea are coming on the back of a 1-2 defeat to PSG in the Champions League knockout round of 16. The Blues, who saw their league campaign in tatters in the first half of the season have shown substantial improvement under interim manager Guus Hiddink. Moreover, the Dutch manager has guided Chelsea to the 2009 FA Cup title by beating Everton 2–1 at Wembley; in his first spell at the Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League campaign and are witnessing their title chances slowing fade away. The experienced manager is in plenty of worry as they have an important Champions League tie Wednesday. The Citzens are marred by injury and the Chilean tactician has revealed that he has only 13 first team players to choose from for both fixtures.
Chelsea Form Guide: Last 5 Matches (L,W,D,D,W)
PSG 2-1 Chelsea (16/02/2016)
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United (13/02/2016)
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United (07/02/2016)
Watford 0-0 Chelsea (03/02/2016)
MK Dons 1-5 Chelsea (31/01/2016)
Manchester City Form Guide: Last Five Matches (L,L,W,W,W)
Man City 1-2 Tottenham (14/02/2016)
Man City 1-3 Leicester (06/02/2016)
Sunderland 0-1 Man City (02/02/2016)
Aston Villa 0-4 Man City (30/1/2016)
Man City 3-1 Everton (27/01/2016)
Chelsea Team News vs Manchester City
The biggest worry for head-coach Guus Hiddink will be the absence of John Terry and Kurt Zouma. This will force the Dutch boss to once again field Ivanovic as a make-shift center back alongside Gary Cahill with Baba Rahman taking the left-back position.
Radamel Falcao is still out with a knee injury, while Pato is a doubt due to fitness issues.
Manchester City Team News vs Chelsea
Manuel Pellegrini has a lot of injury concerns with Fabian Delph (calf), Jesus Navas (hamstring), Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) out for Sunday’s clash.
The good news for the boss is the return of Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna to fitness and are expected to start from the bench.
Chelsea Predicted Line-up vs Manchester City (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman – Mikel, Matic – Pedro, Fabregas, Willian – Costa.
Manchester City Predicted Line-up vs Chelsea (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy – Fernando, Fernandinho – Silva, Yaya Toure, Sterling – Aguero.
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head
Manchester City and Chelsea have played each other five times in the FA Cup, with City winning 4 of those and Chelsea winning one.
But Chelsea have the upper hand when looking at the last five Premier League meetings with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss.
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Prediction
Chelsea may go into the match as favorites considering the recent form of both teams. The Blues worked very hard at PSG, despite losing 2-1 in the end and a repeated performance will be enough to overcome a Manchester City squad who were poor on the road this season.
Moreover, it will be interesting to see if Pellegrini field a young side in this tie as his team has to travel on Monday to Ukraine for the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev.
I could see Chelsea knocking City out and my prediction for the match is, Chelsea to win 3-1.
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