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Premier League: Chelsea 2:0 Manchester City – preview, lineups, Live Commentary

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Chelsea are not in the best mood before the central battle of the 16th EPL matchday.

The wards of Maurizio Sarri lost for the first time in the 13th round of the current season of the Premier League, and then the second defeat did not take long: the misfire took place where it was not waited in the match against Wolverhampton.

The Blues have many problems with the defense. In particular, we remember about the team’s leader Marcos Alonso, who demonstrates extremely unintelligible football, leaving his zone open.

In addition, Chelsea, although control the ball, but do it without aggravation. On the other hand, the Citizens have a complete order: they don’t think about the defence, because they spend most of their time in the attack, each time surprising with their results.

Prediction: 1:2

Starting lineups: 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian. 

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri. 

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Sane. 

Subs: Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Michael Oliver

Venue Stamford Bridge

Saturday 5.30pm BT

(Reporting by Glushko Denys, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

Live commentary:


90+2′ City wanted to score a goal, but… The Citizens are so upset last minutes. 

90′ 4 minutes of added time. 

90′ Sarri decided to give a rest for Eden Hazard, while Olivier Giroud changed him. 

88′  Sterling tries to win Azpilicueta down but the Pensioners’ defender is too strong for him.

86′ Chelsea could have scored 3 goal, Pedro fails a good moment now.

84′ Guardiola made last replacement. Phil Foden in, Riyadh Mahrez out.  

81′  Laporte wants to shot from the distance.

78′ GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! DAVID LUIIIIIIIIIZ! It’s the 1st goal from the Brazilian in the current season. CHELSEA 2:0 MAN CITY

78′ First Chelsea’s corner for the 2nd half by Hazard.

75′ Replacement by Sarri: Ruben Loftus-Cheek in, Willian out.

74′ Chelsea want to score at least another one goal. 

72′ Azpilicueta rescued his team after fast run by Raheem Sterling.

70′ Another one corner for City. It’s the 10th for the guests. 

68′ David Silva went out of the field with a hamstring injury. Gundogan is ready to come in.

65′ Mateo Kovacic got an injury and was substituted by Ross Barkley.

63′  Yellow card for Jorginho. 

62′ Sterling ended a cross, but out of the target.

59′ The hosts win a free-kick, after Bernardo breaks Hazard. 

57′ Incredible save by Kepa after Walker’s shot from 20-25 meters. 

55′ Statistics by shots. Off target: 0-2, on target 1-3.

54′ Corner for Man City from the left flank, and another one in a minute.

53′ Substitution by Guardiola: Leroy Sané out, Gabriel Jesus in

49′ Gooood save by Ederson! Willian sent the ball over the heads of the defensive wall, Pedro wanted to continue, but he was catched in offside.

47′ The hosts won a free-kick and it is a great position for Willian. 

46′ 2nd half is starting at Stamford Bridge.

45+1′ Half time!


41′ Guardiola’s wards are unbeaten in their last 14 away Premier League games. 

40′ Jorginho was stopped by the guests’ defense. Chelsea are showing weak game. 

39′ The game is resumed while City win a corner.

36′ Luis risks to get an injury. 

32′ Sane is very dangerous for Sarri’s team. He’ll probably score a goal. Goooood save by Kepa.

30′ More possession for City. They are mostly on the Pensioners’ half of the field.

27′ Manchester’s corner, but without a shot.

24′ City made twice more passes than Chelsea: 120 vs 235.

22′ Free-kick for City! Alonso knocked Sterling, who was going away from goal. David Silva sends the ball to the hosts’ box, Kepa was ready for that.

19′ Chelsea can’t get the ball last few minutes.  

18′ Possession statistic: Chelsea – 38%, City – 62%.

15′ Great defence activity by David Luiz!

13′ Pedro and Hazard didn’t manage to finish at attack. 

11′ Chelsea won a corner now as Walker threw the ball out.

8′ An amazing chance for City as Ferna sent a ball to Sterling. But, Kepa saw it.

6′ Ederson tried to find Delph, but he gave the ball to the hosts. 

3′ City and Chelsea are changing the ball in the middle. 

1′ Starting whistle by the referee.

0′ Both squads are on the field at Stamford. 

0′ After Liverpool’s amazing victory a few hours ago, City need at least a point to surge back to the top of the League. So, we’ll see whether the Citizens manage to do it just in 5 minutes!

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