Thomas Tuchel & co. will be trip to the North West England to take on Manchester City at Etihad stadium in the Premier League Matchday 35 of the 2020/21 season.
The Blues, who produced solid display in the Uefa Champions League semi-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid to reach final stage of the competition, head into the game, aiming of consolidate their fourth place on league standings by claim all three points.
The west London club defeat Real Madrid 3-1 over two legs to set up a European battle with their counterparts, City, who booked their tickets to Istanbul with a 4-1 aggregate victory over last year’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.
A win here for Manchester City would also confirm their status as Premier League champions, while Chelsea are still embroiled in a fight for a top-four finish.
And ahead of mouthwatering clash with City, who sitting top of the league standings by collected 80 points from 34 match, Thomas Tuchel & co. does not have any fresh issue on their plate.
The major absentee for Chelsea remains Mateo Kovacic, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has rendered him unavailable for nearly a couple of weeks now.
Ziyech and Zouma in training🥺 pic.twitter.com/roQgQkravd— Mino🇪🇬 ⭐️⭐️ (@ZoumaIdini) May 7, 2021
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that performed well last time out. So we can expect minimum changes to the team that defeated Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge early of the week.
Edouard Mendy should continuing in the goal after a brilliant display mid-week against Madrid. Kurt Zouma ought to return to the side, slotting in as left-sided centre-back in place of Antonio Rudiger while Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen should hold on to their places.
As for the two wing-back positions, club Reece James is expected to slotting in at right wing-back expense Cesar Azipilicueta while Marcos Alonso should start ahead of Ben Chilwell on the opposite side.
As for the midfield, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should continuing in middle of park when Blues visit Etihad stadium this afternoon. Both are produced standout performances in Chelsea’s 2-0 won over Madrid and hope of taking that spirits into today mouthwatering encounter with The Sky Blues.
Mason Mount, who has establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Blues’ squad, should hold on to his place as one of the two attacking midfielders while Christian Pulisic ought to return after came off the bench to setup Mount’s goal against Madrid.
Timo Werner had a good outing against Madrid but Kai Havertz, who continue to delivered impressive performances in Chelsea’s recent games, ought to line up as the centre-forward for Blues against City.
Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Christensen Alonso; Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic, Mount, Havertz
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time and Date: Saturday, 08 May, 2021 kick off at 5.30 pm (UK), 12.30 pm (EST, USA)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn.
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss.
VAR: Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.