Man City vs Chelsea: Champions League final preview

Manchester City and Chelsea will meet in the third-ever all-English UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 29 May 2021 at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal.

The Premier League champions will be looking to lift Europe’s elite club cup competition for the first time in their history, whilst Chelsea are looking to repeat their success from 2012.

The eve of the game will mark 10 years to the day that Pep Guardiola last lifted the trophy himself, back with Barcelona. Whilst opposition manager Thomas Tuchel was runner-up as Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s final.

Who has the edge?

Despite Chelsea winning the FA Cup semi-final 1-0 and later 2-1 in the most recent Premier League fixture, the edge remains with Manchester City. The bookmakers have them narrowly odds on favourites to win in 90 minutes too. Be sure to check out the rules for extra-time and penalties over at https://22bet.ng/bonus/rules/ before placing your bet.

The Citizens have dominated the league this season and also won the EFL Cup. They were able to rest their star players for their season finale too, in order to be fresh and tactically prepared for the final.

In their last two fixtures leading up to this match, Chelsea have lost the FA Cup final to Leicester City and then lost away to Aston Villa in what was a crucial Premier League fixture.

Team News

Manchester City have a fully fit and available squad for Saturday’s final. Chelsea are expected to be the same, though N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are currently being listed as slight doubts.

Expected Lineups

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell; Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount; Timo Werner

We’re not expecting Sergio Aguero to start but don’t be surprised to see the Manchester City legend introduced late on if they’re needing a goal or simply as his farewell match as his contract expires afterwards.

Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne will rotate in attack whilst Riyad Mahrez will be a threat cutting in from the right.

The experience of Cesar Azpilicueta could be shifted into a centre-back role as he has played before, allowing Reece James to bomb on from right wingback. Ben Chilwell should get the nod ahead of Marcos Alonso on the other flank.

It would be a surprise not to see Timo Werner start despite the German continually wasting opportunities in his debut season with the Blues. Olivier Giroud could be used as an impact sub from the bench.

Prediction

Chelsea have shown us how to beat Manchester City in the last two meetings, but both Leicester and Aston Villa have shown us how to beat Thomas Tuchel’s side since.

Pep Guardiola’s side have many individual match winners, from Phil Foden’s performance versus Borussia Dortmund, Kevin De Bruyne virtually every game, and Riyad Mahrez’s left foot. We’re siding with the Citizens to become the sixth different team from England to lift this famous trophy.

Prediction: Man City 1-0 Chelsea