January 5, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Well rested and full of confidence, Al Hain-Cole expects Guardiola's men to complete their treble when they face a Blues team that has lost its way
Manchester City will be hoping to land their elusive first Champions League title when they take on Chelsea in Saturday’s final at the Estadio Do Dragao.
Pep Guardiola’s men have dominated domestically since his arrival, winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four Carabao Cups.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Latest Odds
Having reached the final of this competition for the first time, they are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with bet365 to finally translate that success to the continental stage by coming out on top in Porto.
However, the Blues have recorded two victories over this opposition within the last few weeks and are available at 18/5 (4.60) to make it three in a row to lift this trophy for the second time in their history.
Just one of the last 16 encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them taking this clash into extra-time after a deadlocked 90 minutes.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Team News
Ilkay Gundogan should be fit to start after being kept on the bench in the 5-0 final day win over Everton, leaving Guardiola with a fully fit squad to choose from.
Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante will be optimistic of taking their places in the starting line-up after returning to full training following injury.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview
After setting down a marker with their 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium three weeks ago, Thomas Tuchel’s team now come into this final in far less intimidating shape.
Indeed, they were relieved to scrape into the Premier League’s top four despite losing against Aston Villa on the final day, a third defeat in a run of four matches that also included their upset against Leicester in the FA Cup final.
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In contrast, the Citizens demonstrated their embarrassment of riches by thrashing Everton 5-0 in their last league game, having recalled the likes of Kevin De Bruyne to the starting line-up after largely resting key players since tying up the league title a couple of weeks ago.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions
Likely to come into the game feeling the fresher and more confident side, City now look well worth those 5/6 (1.83) odds to overcome a Chelsea team they finished 19 points ahead of in the league.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.