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Manchester City v Chelsea
Having already been crowned Champions of the Premier League yet again, Manchester City will get the opportunity to celebrate this success in their last home match of the season this weekend. Having now won 3 in a row and 4 of the last 5 seasons, this City team is up there as one of the best in the history of the league and their ridiculous home form will take some stopping here.
Chelsea have stopped the rot recently with 4 points from their last 2 matches against Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, however, a win here will be far tougher. Chelsea now will almost certainly finish in the bottom half of the league, something that would have been almost impossible to believe in January, never mind at the start of the season.
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Pep’s players perch on Premier League peak
Due to Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal, Manchester City have now confirmed their third consecutive Premier League title. Of course, Manchester City are on for the treble with an FA Cup final and Champions League final still to come. Pep Guardiola described playing a match to win the title as difficult as serving for Wimbledon, however with the title now confirmed going into this match it will instead be more like a rally after already lifting the Wimbledon trophy.
However, it is not like Manchester City to slow down after winning the title and always finish seasons strongly, Manchester City have won 11 of their last 13 final home league games of the season, drawing one and losing just one. Pep will not let his team slow down and when making Manchester City bet builder predictions, we can expect City to play almost identically to how they would have done if they went into this match needing to win for the title.
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Manchester City’s squad is packed with quality which allows for seamless rotation throughout the season, a side effect of this is that they have very few injuries to worry about right now.
“They show many times, we talk about mentality because we won. I don’t believe, I defend the team when we lose. Last year we didn’t have mentality vs Madrid, we have the same mentality. To recover eight points, Arsenal first we have a game in hand, it was fake. We knew we had to win game and they drop. If Arsenal maintain the rhythm of the first leg, it wouldn’t be possible. They drop points and we were there. It means a lot to us.”Pep Guardiola on iimportance of mentality
The only injury in their squad is for Nathan Ake, the Dutchman was forced off against Leeds recently and is yet to make a full recovery, with no need for him to return for this match, he will almost certainly sit this one out. After a sensational match against Real Madrid in midweek, Pep Guardiola is expected to rest some key players which will likely see Mahrez, Alvarez and several others all start for City here.
Chelsea’s top half hope hang on a miracle
A wholeheartedly disappointing season for Chelsea has just 3 matches remaining, including 2 trips to Manchester, starting with this match. Chelsea have struggled under Lampard which will make life even harder against a team that they historically struggle against. Chelsea have lost all 5 matches they have played against Manchester City since the 2021 Champions League Final.
Chelsea have at least managed to take points in their last 2 matches with a win over Bournemouth and a draw to Nottingham Forest last time out. Chelsea can theoretically still finish in the top half this season, however, it will take 3 wins from 3 tough remaining matches, Fulham to lose their final match and large goal difference swing. As the only players to have scored under Lampard with two each so far, Gallagher and Sterling may be the players Chelsea look to in this match. After a transfer that has not gone as well as many would have expected in preseason, Raheem Sterling will be desperate to prove himself with a great performance against his former club.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea still have a huge number of injuries in their squad. The absences of Reece James, Benoit Badiahsile, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are all particularly big losses for this Chelsea side and make Lampard’s task even tougher. Lampard started the inexperienced pairing of Chalobah and Hall at full-backs against Nottingham Forest, it remains to be seen whether he will trust them as a starting pairing here. Chelsea had no match in midweek, so of the players available, Lampard will pick his strongest eleven. Lampard has set Chelsea up in a 4-3-3 recently and is expected to stick with the same system here.
We’re similar to where we have been with Mason, Reece, Chilly, N’Golo, Cucurella not fit. Koulibaly has been training with us, but probably not fit, he’s ahead of schedule. Benoit has injured himself two days ago and will miss the game.Frank Lampard on injury concerns ahead of Man City clash
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Manchester City v Chelsea
Manchester City are in unbelievable form and will want to celebrate their retention of the Premier League trophy in style with a high-scoring win here. Manchester City are hitting huge numbers of shots on target every match right now, they have had at least 6 in 6 of their last 7 matches, only failing to do so in their 3-0 win against Everton. While Chelsea have been better defensively recently, they were very open in matches against Arsenal, Brighton and both legs against Real Madrid, allowing more than 6 shots on target in all 4 of these matches.
Riyad Mahrez only came on for the last 12 minutes in midweek against Real Madrid, he has mainly been preferred for Manchester City’s weekend matches, allowing Bernardo Silva to rest for their big midweek Champions League matches. With plenty of reason to rest players, Mahrez should start again here, he has averaged 0.65 shots on target per 90 this season and has had at least 1 shot on target in 3 of his last 6 starts. Frank Lampard could start Lewis Hall at left-back after he played the full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest but will face a really tough task against Mahrez. While Hall is very talented, his lack of experience could cost him against a top player who like Mahrez, who should be able to profit with shots on target.
Manchester City are a great technical team and their central midfielders draw plenty of fouls as a result, De Bruyne, Foden, Rodri and Gundogan all draw a good number of fouls per 90. Conor Gallagher has been a favourite for Frank Lampard since he came back to Chelsea, Gallagher has started 6 of Lampard’s 8 matches in charge and should start again here. Gallagher has so much energy and gets around the pitch so well, something that will be important against a possession-heavy team like Manchester City, however, this does lead to him committing a lot of fouls.
Gallagher has averaged 2.05 fouls per 90 this season and has committed 2 or more fouls in 4 of his 6 starts under Lampard. He committed 2 fouls in the second leg against Real Madrid when he started and even committed 2 having come off the bench at halftime against Arsenal. He should be a good choice to get stuck in and commit a few fouls here.
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