Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 23rd November 2019

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Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City go head-to-head in the 2018 Carabao Cup final on Sunday afternoon. Man City, who beat the London outfit in the FA Community Shield final back in August, are the clear favourites to prevail at Wembley Stadium. That’s partly down to their class and also, of course, because of the recent 6-0 hammering they gave to their opponents in a league game at the Etihad.

Moreover, Chelsea have been in poor form of late, although they did warm up for this weekend’s clash with an easy 3-0 win over Malmo at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night. Nonetheless, Sarri is still a man under serious pressure and a heavy defeat here could well see him sacked. Will the League Cup trophy be staying in Manchester or moving to west London? We have to side with the favourites here and are expecting a routine win for Pep and co.

Top Tips

Manchester City to Win -2 @ 7/2

Manchester City to Win to Nil @ 13/8

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Chelsea News: Blues Struggling for Form

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Panorama
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Since the turn of the year, Chelsea have already been beaten five times in all competitions. Before beating Malmo on Thursday, the Blues lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. Meanwhile, Sarri’s side have lost to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Man City in the Premier League in 2019. As a result, Chelsea now find themselves outside the top four, a point adrift of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd and behind Arsenal on goal difference.

Sarri Under Pressure

After what has been a difficult few months for Sarri at Stamford Bridge, the Italian boss is really starting to feel the pressure after several poor results. Thursday’s Europa League win over Malmo, which saw them progress to the last 16, will have relieved some of the strain, but Sarri’s days at the Bridge seem numbered, even though he only arrived last summer and got off to a flying start in London. The 60-year-old has been linked with the Roma job this week, and defeat on Sunday could make a move back to Italy imminent.

Hazard Chelsea’s Only Hope?

If Chelsea stand any chance of winning on Sunday, Eden Hazard must have a good game. Usually, when the Belgian plays well, the Blues play well, although that was not the case in defeat to Man Utd last Monday night. Hazard is having another fine season in England’s capital, scoring 12 times and assisting 10 in the Premier League so far. The Belgium international has also played a key role in Chelsea getting to the EFL Cup final, scoring vital goals in wins against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ban Brings Further Blues

FIFA has banned Chelsea from signing any players for the next two transfer windows after they were found to have breached rules regarding signing foreign youngsters. The west London outfit will appeal the ban but if upheld it will be a major blow to their medium term aims. It could also have a serious impact on their ability to attract a top class manager should they dispense with the services of Sarri.

Manchester City News: Pep’s Boys in Tip-top Shape

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium Entrance
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Man City head into this final in devastating form. Since losing to Leicester City on Boxing Day, the Citizens have won 13 and lost one of their last 14 league and cup fixtures. On Wednesday evening, City were involved in a thrilling match in the UEFA Champions League, scoring two late goals to secure a 3-2 win at Schalke with 10 men. On their way to the final of the Carabao Cup, the Premier League champions have seen off Oxford United, Fulham, Leicester and Burton Albion, scoring 16 and conceding just one along the way.

Citizens Going for the Lot this Season

Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Man City are currently top of the Premier League table, above Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on goal difference. The Citizens are seemingly on their way through to the last eight of the Champions League and they face a trip to EFL Championship side Swansea City in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. City are priced at just 14/1 to win the lot this season and whilst a sensational quadruple will be a huge ask they might just be able to complete the first leg here.

Analysis: Is There Any Stopping City?

Man City beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final last season. The Citizens were too strong for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners on the day, with Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva all on the scoresheet in the comfortable 3-0 win. The Manchester club will fancy their chances of seeing off another London club in the EFL Cup final, and we can see another routine City victory.

Man City to Dominate Sunday’s Final

City wiped the floor with Chelsea at the Etihad just two weeks ago, scoring at will and giving away no chances at the other end. On their day, Guardiola’s superstars are capable of anything, and this should be another comfortable win for the Premier League champions. Put a few quid on Man City to win -2 at 7/2, good value given their firepower and the low morale in the opposition camp.

City to Keep Another Clean Sheet at Wembley

Despite losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge back in December, Man City have certainly had the edge in recent matches between the two, winning four of the last five league and cup meetings without conceding. Pep’s boys are available at 13/8 to win to nil on Sunday.

City to Open the Scoring

Since beating Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Champions League way back in December, Man City have scored the opening goal in each of their last 18 matches across all competitions. We’re backing the current Premier League leaders to open the scoring in this final, which you can get at 4/11.

Recent Matches

Man City have a pretty solid record over Chelsea in recent years, winning four of the last five meetings. This season, City have already beaten the Blues twice, 2-0 in the Community Shield and 6-0 at the Etihad in the Premier League. This will be the first League Cup meeting between the pair since 1993. Back then, David White scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 City win at Maine Road in a third round tie. How times and playing staff have changed since then!

10th February 2019: Manchester City 6 – 0 Chelsea

In February 2019 Chelsea were embarrassed by City in a league fixture at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens ran riot in Manchester, with Aguero scoring a hat-trick, Raheem Sterling helping himself to two and Ilkay Gundogan also getting in on the act in an emphatic 6-0 victory. That was the Blues’ heaviest ever Premier League defeat and their biggest loss in any competition for 28 years.

8th December 2018: Chelsea 2 – 0 Manchester City

Chelsea became the first team to beat Guardiola’s Man City in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 home victory back in December. Despite a fast start by the visitors, N’Golo Kante’s goal just before the break set Sarri’s side on their way to a famous win. The champions huffed and puffed in the second period, but David Luiz’s header made sure of the points for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

5th August 2018: Chelsea 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sarri’s first competitive game in charge of Chelsea saw them well beaten at Wembley. City won with two goals from Sergio Aguero and it could have been more. The Argentine notched after 13 minutes, adding a second just before the hour, as Chelsea failed in a fifth straight Community Shield contest.

4th March 2018: Manchester City 1 – 0 Chelsea

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the game in a controversial match where Chelsea didn’t manage a single shot on target. Antonio Conte defended his negative tactics but they were in vain anyway as City won to edge towards the title, moving some 18 points clear at the top.

30th September 2017: Chelsea 0 – 1 Manchester City

Again the sides were separated by just a goal and this time it was a different midfield maestro who proved decisive. Kevin de Bruyne scored a stunning goal after 67 minutes, a rising thunderbolt from outside the area. City dominated once again and were full value for the win.

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