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The Champions League may be a bigger priority for both sides after they booked their places in the semi-finals on Wednesday night, but they’ll be keen to add domestic silverware and for Pep Guardiola’s outfit, belief in an unprecedented quadruple is growing. Man City are understandably odds-on to win after doing so in 28 of 30 matches, but a well-drilled Chelsea defence represents a significant obstacle.
Man City should also benefit from Pep Guardiola’s regular rotation and he has virtually a full compliment to choose from, with Sergio Aguero the only doubt. The Argentine would likely have had to make do with a place on the bench in any case, having seemingly been supplanted in the pecking order by younger stars.
Their opponents have a concern with Mateo Kovacic missing their Champions League second leg with Porto. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante each played the full 90 minutes in that game, and could suffer physically by the end here as City will likely dominate possession.
Thomas Tuchel also has options in attack, where Timo Werner has lost his place as Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic appear to be his preferred trio at present.
The last three meetings between the two sides have been entertaining affairs as each saw both sides register on the scoreboard and at least three goals.
However, Chelsea were conceding more under Frank Lampard and they’ve not yet encountered Man City under new boss Tuchel, though their performances with the German at the helm would suggest this one will pan out differently.
Under 2.5 Goals
Chelsea are an impressive W12-D4-L2 under him so far, registering 13 clean sheets, though they’ve only shut their opponents out in one of their past four appearances now.
Still, 15 of 18 games have featured fewer than three goals, including all seven encounters with top sides Atletico Madrid and Porto (twice each), Tottenham, Man Utd and, Liverpool. In fact, those games saw a combined eight strikes, as five of the seven contained a maximum of just one goal.
‘Unders’ looks a decent prospect here then. Man City’s past tree outings have each seen three goals, though two of these were against an attacking Dortmund side in Europe, while the other was their defeat last weekend to an unpredictable Leeds.
Their previous three outings saw them take 2-0 victories over decent outfits Borussia M’Gladbach, Everton an Leicester, while their 2-0 defeat to Man Utd in March also demonstrated that they can be involved in tighter games against team of real quality.