Chelsea vs Manchester City: EFL Cup Starting XI Predictions


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Chelsea and Manchester City each have five EFL Cup titles to their name, tying them with Manchester United and Aston Villa for the second most in the history of the tournament. Only Liverpool have more titles (8) in the history of the domestic tournament which stretches back to 1961.

So the winner on Sunday will move into second place all by themselves. City are heavily favored, as you might expect. It’s not just because they annihilated Chelsea two weeks ago, the Sky Blues scored 10 goals in their semifinal tie of this tournament while the Blues scored eight in all rounds combined. Let’s take a look at who might be in the first teams for this clash.

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The Bank Manchester City Starting XI Prediction EFL Cup Final 

Forwards:  Bernado Silva, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling

Midfielders:     Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan 

Defenders:  Danilo    Aymeric Laporte   Vincent Kompany   Kyle Walker

Goalkeeper: Ederson


The Bank   Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction EFL Cup Final

Attack: Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, Willian

Midfield: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley

Defense: Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso

Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero

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Kick-off: Sunday February 24, Wembley Stadium, 4:30 pm (BST), 10:30 am (CST)

Injury Report for both teams: go to this link

Odds via Betfair: Manchester City 11/20, Chelsea 9/2 

Prediction: City 3, Chelsea 0

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

He also contributes sociopolitical essays to Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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