Chelsea vs Manchester City: Predicted lineups, will Hiddink make changes in starting XI
The business end of the Premier League is already upon us and each and every point on offer in the league will be as important as the other in the last few weeks of the competition.
And this weekend the fans will witness a cracking affair when Manchester City face Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. It is a game between two sides in good form and though Chelsea are fresh from a defeat against Swansea they will look to bounce back in front of their home crowd.
Hiddink revealed in his pre-match conference that skipper John Terry and playmaker Eden Hazard will not play a part in this game. Star players Loic Remy, Willian, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa are also out injured but defender Gary Cahill is back in action this weekend and will start at the heart of the defense for Chelsea on the night.
Here is Chelsea’s predicted line-up to face Manchester City on Saturday:
Though it was said that Begovic might be given a chance, Courtois will assume the gloves in this crunch game against City.
The Spaniard has been the most consistent performer at the back for Chelsea this season and will have an important role to play on the night.
Just back from injury, Cahill, will have to start this game due to injuries to Terry and Zouma and will have a huge responsibility on his shoulders.
Though started the season poorly, Ivanovic has slotted into a CB position with ease and will start the game against City in the same place.
The youngster has been impressive in the limited outings he has got this season and will once again be raring to prove himself against a top side.
The experienced midfielder will have to sit back and help out his back four against a free flowing City attack at the Stamford Bridge.
Slowly showing glimpses of form, Fabregas will have to play an important role on Saturday if Chelsea are to take anything from this game.
Has been impressive recently but will have to work really hard on a set of players he is not really used to playing with.
The Spaniard has not been able to reach the heights he promised since his move from Barcelona but will get a chance against City on Saturday.
Showed great discipline in the recent games and will have to perform well if Chelsea are to get even a point against the in-form City side.
The Brazilian scored his first goal in a Chelsea shirt a couple of weeks ago and will be hoping to give Chelsea something to celebrate against Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini does not have too many injuries to worry about. Club captain Vincent Kompany is still out injured and will not make this trip to London. Winger Raheem Sterling might be back in action and will find a place on the bench at the Bridge. Here is the predicted line-up City may play against Chelsea this weekend:
Was in superb form against PSG and will once again be under pressure if Chelsea are able to get their game going.
The Argentine has been rested at times recently but has still shown plenty of confidence and will be up against it on Saturday.
Showed great strength and presence of mind in the Champions League game against PSG and will hope to repeat the same performance against Chelsea this weekend.
Though showed complacency at times, Mangala has generally been solid at the back for City and will start this game.
Another outstanding performer from the PSG game, Kolarov will have to balance his defensive and attacking duties at the Bridge on Saturday.
Has been impressive all season but will have to be at his best against Chelsea in the midfield this weekend.
Missed out the game against PSG but will be back into action this weekend in the midfield for City against Chelsea.
The magician in City’s squad, Silva has the ability to produce moments of brilliance and will be hoping to give City something to cheer this weekend.
The pacey winger will be up against a young Baba Rahman on the flank and will fancy his chances on the night at the Bridge.
Kevin de Bruyne:
The impact player for City over the last week, De Bruyne will once again have an important role to place if City are to get anything from this game.
The best striker in the Premier League will keep his place and lead his side out against Chelsea this weekend.
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