After the midweek victory guaranteed Manchester City their first European final appearance in more than half a century, they can now claim the Premier League (PL) title by winning this dress rehearsal for the Manchester City masterpiece. UEFA Champions League (UCL), but they will be cautious. when Chelsea knocked them out of the FA Cup last month. Since then, City has been ruthlessly efficient, winning five straight competitive matches scoring an average of 1.8 goals per game, while scoring four times between the 55th and 65th minutes in their last three.
However, the ‘Ciudadanos’ has been hit or miss at home in the PL recently, and in their last four such matches, they have alternated between wins by three-goal margins and losses in which they conceded in both halves. There is no clean sheet in five league games at home is also a concern, although they have shut out opponents in three of their last five league H2Hs here (G4, L1).
Chelsea, meanwhile, continues their remarkable upward trajectory since naming Thomas Tuchel and a win here could indicate that they will be contenders for the title next year, and leave a score for the UCL final. Although Tuchel has a record for H2H losses against City boss Pep Guardiola (W1, D1, L4), no coach has led his team to more clean sheets in his first 15 PL games than him (11).
That includes three of Chelsea’s last four away league games (G3, D1), and the Blues have only lost one of those games this calendar year (G6, D2). Often closing the deal early, nine of his last ten away goals for PL came before the 60th minute.
Players to watch: Ferran Torres has scored in two of City’s last three PL games, and his last six competitive goals have come after HT. For Chelsea, Kai Havertz has scored three goals in three league appearances, including two opening games.
Prediction: Manchester City  vs  Chelsea