Chelsea vs Manchester City EFL Cup Final preview: Quartet facing late fitness tests

By Ric Turner, Fri 22 February 2019 18:31


Chelsea vs Manchester City EFL Cup Final preview: Quartet facing late fitness testsJesus, Stones, Mendy and Delph to be assessed in training ahead of Carabao Cup final

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: The EFL Cup

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 24th February 2019

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: A Halliday, M Perry Fourth Official: P Tierney

Odds: Chelsea 9/2, Draw 3/1, City 4/7

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Chelsea

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Squad (from): Caballero, Green, Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain

Injured: van Ginkel

Doubtful: Zappacosta, Pedro, Kepa, Drinkwater, Cahill

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sandler, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo

Doubtful: Stones, Jesus, Delph, Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Gabriel Jesus, John Stones, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are doubts for Sunday's Carabao Cup Final. The quartet missed the midweek game against Schalke, but manager Pep Guardiola said they would be assessed in training tomorrow before making a decision on their involvement.

City beat Chelsea 6-0 at The Etihad in the Premier League a fortnight ago, but Guardiola warned his players against any complacency at Wembley.

“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.

“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!

“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you've beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.

“When we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, we couldn’t accept defeat at home. We will prepare as much as possible.

“We are going to prepare to win and try to enjoy it, and compete well. We have to play a good game to win.”

City's last game against Chelsea ended in a 6-0 victory thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling (2), Ilkay Gundogan and a Sergio Aguero hat-trick. Overall City have won 56 of the 162 games played against Chelsea, with 39 draws and 67 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Chelsea 1 City 2

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