Manchester City and Chelsea play at Etihad Stadium in a 26th round match of the Barclays Premier League. In the last clash between these teams in this competition, on 08-12-2018, Chelsea won at home (2-0). At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which has 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 games. In fact, the last time they faced in this stage was 04-03-2018, in a game by Barclays Premier League that finished with the victory of Manchester City by (1-0). The only goal of the match was scored by Bernardo Silva (46 '). In this match the home factor could play an important role, since Chelsea presents significant differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Manchester City Analysis
The home team dispute against Chelsea a match overdue for the 26 round, after 20 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in their league games so far. This is a team little affected by the house factor, that is, presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches has 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats as a visitor, with 26 goals scored and 12 conceded, against 14 victories and 1 home defeat, with 61 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the last 10 home games for the league, Manchester City have 9 wins and 1 defeat, having won 27 points out of 30. In the matches played in their championship stadium, the most frequent result at the end of the first 45 'was 1-0, which occurred in 5 of their 13 matches. The team have conceded goals to their opponents in 7 of the last 10 games, so they have not shown great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored with great regularity, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games in this competition. In his home games there is a tendency towards goals, since 12 of his last 13 games by the competition finished with More of 2.5 goals. The team did not usually find it difficult to open the scoring chart: they managed to score the first goal in 23 of the last 26 matches for the Barclays Premier League, of which 23 reached the break in the lead in 19 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 'in 20. There are 1 highlights in the last 13 home games in this competition: he suffered 4 of his 11 goals between minutes (31'-45 ').
Manchester City make a great campaign in the Premier League, managed to return to the lead with a good win in the midweek, but has 1 match more than its rivals in the title dispute and goes looking for another 3 points to reach the seventh victories in the last 8 rounds. The team is characterized by an excellent balance between the offensive and defensive sectors, having scored incredible 68 goals in 26 games, being the best attack of the competition, and suffered only 20 goals, having the second defense less leaked, being a team very well organized that prioritizes possession of the ball and plays in a patient manner until finding the spaces, a characteristic of his coach Guardiola. Playing at home, such as this Sunday's match, Manchester City have the best championship campaign with 36 points drawn in 39 played, averaging 3.31 goals scored and 0.85 goals conceded, evidencing the enormous strength that has in his stadium where he usually dominate the opponents from the beginning. For the clash against Chelsea, coach Guardiola has no problems in the team considered holder and goes to the field with maximum strength.
Confirmed lineup: Ederson Moraes, J. Stones, K. Walker, A. Laporte, Bernardo Silva, O. Zinchenko, İ. Gündoğan, Fernandinho, K. De Bruyne, S. Aguero, R. Sterling.
After 15 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses, the visiting team is in 4th place, having won 50 points. In the last match, he won at Huddersfield Town at home (5-0), after the previous match lost out in a game against Bournemouth (4-0). This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. In the championship, Chelsea clinched 16 points out of a possible 30 after 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in their last 10 away games. In his games as a visitor there is a tendency to score goals, since 9 of his last 12 matches in the competition have finished with more than 2.5 goals. In 25 games in this competition, he only managed 1 turn in the scoring in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Chelsea have fallen behind in the last few rounds, have only won 2 games in the last 5 rounds and are looking for a recovery as they see their Champions League berth threatened as Manchester United come in a big phase and have hit the qualifying table . The team has a high-quality defense that has conceded just 23 goals and is the third-lowest pitch in the competition, while the attack can still improve, scored 45 goals and is the sixth most positive, unsatisfactory number for the quality of its cast. Playing away from home, such as this Sunday's match, Chelsea has dropped a lot of income, coming from 2 consecutive defeats where it suffered 6 goals and did not score any, coming from a thrashing suffered by the middle team of Bournemouth 4-0, needing to find their best football in this type of situation. For the game against Manchester City, coach Maurizio Sarri has no problems in the starting lineup and goes on the pitch with the best.
Confirmed lineup: Kepa, A. Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, N. Kanté, Jorginho, R. Barkley, G. Higuain, Pedro, E. Hazard.
Technical: M. Sarri.