Chelsea vs Manchester City Live Stream and Highlights
Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview:
Date: April 14, 2013; Time: 4:00 PM BST;
Venue: Wembley Stadium — London.
Premier League and European champions will be fighting for FA Cup final ticket in the semi-finals. Rafa Benitez’s team will try to reach a second following Wembley final and could retain the title they won last season.
Chelsea stands 3rd in the EPL table with 58 points from 31 games. The Blues are equal on points with 4th-placed Tottenham and just 2 points ahead of 5th-placed Arsenal. They are involved in a fight for a Champions League place. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 losses from last five games. Chelsea have lost Europa League away game to Rubin Kazan 3-2 in midweek, but have progressed to the semi-finals, where they’ll face Basel. Interesting, that Chelsea have played in 4 of the last 6 FA Cup finals and won them all. Also, the current holders won this trophy for 7 times. Benitez won the FA Cup in 2006 with Liverpool.
Manchester City goes 2nd in the EPL standings with 65 points from 31 games. It looks like Man City have already lost the EPL title to their rivals Man Utd and will try to hold down to this competition like their last chance to win at least 1 trophy. Their present form has seen 4 wins and 1 defeat from last five games. Also, City have won 6 of their last 7 fixtures in all competitions. Carlos Tevez has scored five goals in this tournament and stands second goalscorer after Danny Hylton with 8. In the EPL games Man City won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, and played a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea interim coach Rafa Benitez will make some changes from the squad that lost to Rubin Kazan in midweek. So Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic will return to the starting line. Chelsea probably could count on Demba Ba as he recuperates well after ankle injury. Ryan Bertrand has to shake off the virus. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are also close to return, but this could start only from the bench. Oriol Romeu is out for rest of the season.
Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini will be hoping on a late fitness test of David Silva. Micah Richards has returned after knee injury, but he is not ready for this game. Jack Rodwell and Maicon are both sidelined.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres.
Last three matches:
Rubin 3 – Chelsea FC 2;
Chelsea FC 2 – Sunderland 1;
Chelsea FC 3 – Rubin 1.
Manchester City line-up: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Aguero.
Last three matches:
Manchester United 1 – Manchester City 2;
Manchester City 4 – Newcastle United 0;
Everton 2 – Manchester City 0.