Chelsea vs Manchester City preview: Injury doubts remain over a number of players

By Ric Turner, Fri 24 September 2021 15:17

Chelsea vs Manchester City preview: Injury doubts remain over a number of playersStones, Laporte, Rodri and Gundogan to face late fitness tests

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 25th September 2021

Venue: Stamford Bridge, West London

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: R Jones VAR: D England

Odds: Chelsea 17/10, Draw 7/4, City 11/5

TV: BT Sport 1


Manager: Thomas Tuchel

Squad (from): Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli, Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Niguez, Barkley, Ziyech, Havertz, Lukaku, Werner, Hudon-Odoi

Injured: Mount, Pulisic

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Zinchenko

Doubtful: Stones, Laporte, Rodri, Gundogan

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWWDW

City have injury doubts over a number of players, with manager Pep Guardiola unable to confirm who will be available for Saturday's trip to Chelsea. Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleks Zinchenko will be assessed before the game.

“We still have a few injuries,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“Some of them came back a little bit in training and tomorrow we will decide if they are ready to play or not.

“Not all of them [are in contention]. Some of them come back to training today, but we need to see how they react and tomorrow we will see.”

Chelsea have beaten City in the last three meetings between the sides, including last season's Champions League final, but Guardiola ruled out changing his approach.

“We prepare the game like we prepare Southampton and like before in the previous games,” he added.

“Try to read what they are and what we have done in recent games against Chelsea under Tuchel. Every game is a new challenge, a new opportunity to learn, improve and do better.

“It’s not a final like in the FA Cup and the Premier League was already done. Of, course the Champions League is massive. We try to learn.

“This is a new competition. It’s one more game. We prepare the game like the strong points we have and see what we can do to be better.

“That’s the mindset we have. It will be the same against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool before the international break.”

City won their last away game at Stamford Bridge 3-1, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 59 of the 169 games played against Chelsea with 39 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden, Jesus

Score prediction: Chelsea 2 City 1