Chelsea v Manchester City match preview: Riyad Mahrez available for selection

By Ric Turner, Fri 03 August 2018 17:22


Chelsea v Manchester City match preview: Riyad Mahrez available for selectionAlgerian winger in line to make official debut after recovering from ankle injury

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: The FA Community Shield

Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 5th August 2018

Venue: Wembley Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: A Nunn, E Smart Fourth Official: P Tierney

Odds: City 11/10, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 12/5. For more odds see bettingtop10.com/au.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Chelsea

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Squad (from): Caballero, Bulka, Green, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson, Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley, Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek, Bakayoko, Piazon, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Abraham

Injured: Zouma, van Ginkel

Doubtful: Fabregas

Suspended: None

Unavailable: Hazard, Courtois, Kante, Willian, Giroud

Form guide:

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Hart, Adarabioyo, Bolton, Garcia, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, Sterling, Toure, Jesus, Nmecha

Injured: Danilo

Doubtful: Mahrez, Foden, Mendy

Suspended: None

Unavailable: De Bruyne, Sterling

Form guide:

Riyad Mahrez has recovered from an ankle injury sustained during the friendly victory against Bayern Munich, and is line to make his official City debut on Sunday. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne have been given extended leave following their World Cup exertions.

“Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday - I think so (he can play on Sunday),” Guardiola confirmed.

“Kevin and Sterling are not here but they will be back after the game on Sunday,” Pep confirmed.

“From Monday we will be back all together and think about what we have to do to keep last season’s level.”

“I am happy that he [Sarri] is here in the Premier League,” Pep added. “I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games - he gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.

“I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football.”

City's last game against Chelsea ended in a 1-0 victory with Bernardo Silva getting the only goal. Overall City have won 54 of the 159 games played against Chelsea, with 39 draws and 66 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Bolton, Garcia, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Gundogan, B Silva, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus

Score prediction: City 1 Chelsea 1

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