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Manchester City vs ChelseaApril 20, 2024, 12:15 PM EDT
Manchester City odds-167
Chelsea odds+420
Over\Under3 -110/-108

Manchester City vs Chelsea. Shape of the Teams

Manchester City was eliminated from the Champions League in a heart-wrenching penalty shootout against Real Madrid. However, their season is far from over. A tight lead in the Premier League means that Pep’s attention will undoubtedly be focused there. However, the FA Cup is always a trophy to fight for, especially at this stage of the competition. 

The semi-final winner will face Manchester United or the dark horse Coventry, the sole remaining non-top-tier team.

Chelsea, despite facing heavy criticism, is on a good streak, marred only by a loss to Liverpool in the EFL Cup two months ago. Meanwhile, Manchester City only lost against Aston Villa – the defeat against Real Madrid only came with a penalty shootout. 

Chelsea has failed to climb the league standings despite the lavish influx of talent funded by Boehly’s regime. The interim form has quieted some of Pochettino’s critics, yet the team hasn’t consistently reached peak performance levels. Much of the squad’s success can be written down to Cole Palmer, who keeps bailing the team out week in and week out.

Manchester City vs Chelsea Match Info

Manchester City vs Chelsea, Odds

Many might not recall the last encounter between Manchester City and Chelsea, which ended in a lacklustre 1-1 draw, with City appearing fatigued. This starkly contrasted to their previous thrilling 4-4 battle, a clash that had all the elements to keep fans on the edge of their seats. This raises the question: What can we expect from these two teams on Saturday?

Even before the start of the match, Chelsea’s objective is crystal clear – they will go all-in. Clinching a trophy would do the world of good for Poch, Boehly, and Chelsea. And more importantly, a spot in England’s top six is now beyond their reach, leaving the Blues with nothing else to fight for.

Chelsea’s intent to go full throttle is evident, but the picture is murkier for City. While Pep’s dedication to every competition is well-known, the specifics of his game plan remain a mystery.  

Players who did not play in the Champions League clash with Real Madrid but participated in the preceding match against Luton are expected to start. This is important because Manchester City will likely conserve their primary XI to battle for the Premier League. 

Few clubs have the luxury of forming two teams, but City’s squad depth allows them to do so. The “second” team that played against Luton dominated with a  5-0 victory, a testament to the high calibre of their entire roster. Against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola will be looking to create imbalance and return to the usual path after the sour defeat against Madrid.

City is expected to take advantage of Chelsea’s disconnected players, especially by disrupting their transitions from defence to midfield. This is one of Chelsea’s well-known vulnerabilities, and it would not be surprising to see Pep fixate on such a small detail to make it a major game-changer.

However, in both previous matches, the Blues have caused trouble for Manchester City with their swift and direct attacks. Overall, this season, City’s counterpressing ihasn’t been as effective as in years past.

If Chelsea manages to score a quick goal, it might just set them up with a solid opportunity to clinch a favorable outcome

Manchester City vs Chelsea FC Betting Tip

Since his move to Chelsea, Cole Palmer has become the hit of the season. Few players can change the outcome of a game on their own, but Cole Palmer is proving to be such a force. The way he helps the team by scoring goals and delivering assists is truly insane.

He is one of the few heroes that doesn’t wear a cape. And there are even fewer who would be able to shine bright in a team like Chelsea, one of the most dysfunctional teams on the planet. 

Despite Chelsea’s woes, Palmer has consistently found the back of the net. And if Chelsea has any hopes of reaching the FA Cup final, they should rely on Palmer’s genius. Winning the Cup would be a major relief for Chelsea, especially since they are still searching for a solid strategic foundation.

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