Chelsea Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Man City (FA Cup Semis)


A quadruple has never been done before, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work and good fortune for Manchester City to close this unprecedented deal. If there is a competition where it doesn’t happen, it’s likely the FA Cup.

They’re probably too motivated to get eliminated from the Champions League, they have one hand on the trophy in the Premier League and it’s hard to imagine Tottenham Hotspur stopping them. Maybe Chelsea, who fell just short in the final of this competition last year, can stop them?

FA Cup Semifinal Chelsea vs Manchester City FYIs

Kickoff: Saturday Apr 17, 8pm, Wembley Stadium

Team News:     Chelsea        Manchester City

Starting XI Predictions:   Chelsea       Manchester City

Series History:   Manchester City wins 59   Chelsea wins 68    Draws 39

Odds: Manchester City -130     Chelsea +240     Draws +350

Team News 

The Blues have a nearly fully fit squad as Mateo Kovacic remains the only major injury concern heading into this fixture. The midfield is an extremely deep, talented and crowded position group, so Thomas Tuchel will no have no issues finding a suitable replacement.

Chelsea Starting XI Prediction (3-4-3):

Kepa Arrizabalaga; Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1

Going with the big upset here, yes! And yeah, I did watch it the previous time the two sides met, but Tuchel is at the wheel now, and he’s got them moving in the right direction

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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