Manchester City vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 24, 2013; Time: 1:30 PM UTC;
Venue: Etihad Stadium — Manchester.
Blues will try to close down to Mancini’s team, as Benitez’s side is battling for second place. With the English title running away from the current PL and Europe champions both teams will be looking for points and consistency.
Manchester City goes 2nd in the EPL with 53 points from 26 matches, having 15 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses so far this season. This leaves them 12 points behind the leaders Man United. They have struggled lately, dropping points. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. Two draws followed by a defeat away at Southampton. Last five home games City have finished with 4 wins and 1 draw. They have defeated Leeds with the score 4-0 in the FA Cup last weekend. Despite City’s poor run they have still one of the best home records.
Chelsea stands 3rd in the league table with 49 points from 26 games. They are just 4 points behind Man City. Chelsea also has a poor run of form. Their last 5 games have seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. It is not the kind of form needed for a win of the main trophy. Last five away games the Blues have finished with 3 draws, 1 defeat and 1 win. Also, Tottenham are just one point behind of Chelsea, so they must get points quickly. The Blues have drawn 1-1 with Sparta Prague in the Europa league in midweek, thanks to a late equalizer of Eden Hazard and have qualified to the next stage.
Man City could welcome captain Vincent Kompany after a calf injury. But, he should pass a late fitness test and replace Kolo Toure. Gareth Barry remains under doubt due to injury, while Micah Richards is out cause of knee problem.
Rafa Benitez is also going to make some changes from the tam that drew with Sparta in the Europa League on Thursday. So, Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole, will play after being rested. They will replace John Obi Mikel, John Terry and Ryan Bertrand. Eden Hazard scored an important qualifying goal and should also feature in the starting line-up. Oscar probably, will start from the bench. Demba Ba could come in for Fernando Torres after missing out on the Europa League game, being already cup-tied for Newcastle.
Manchester City line-up: J. Hart, P. Zabaleta, V. Kompany, M. Nastasić, G. Clichy, Y. Touré, Javi García, David Silva, S. Agüero, J. Milner, E. Džeko.
Last three matches:
Manchester City FC 4 – Leeds 0;
Southampton 3 – Manchester City FC 1;
Manchester City FC 2 – Liverpool 2.
Chelsea line-up: P. Čech, Azpilicueta, B. Ivanović, G. Cahill, A. Cole, F. Lampard, Ramires, Mata, E. Hazard, V. Moses, D. Ba.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 1 – Sparta Praha 1;
Chelsea FC 4 – Brentford 0;
Sparta Praha 0 – Chelsea FC 1.