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Chelsea vs Man City: Team News, prediction & likely lineup

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/02/2019

Chelsea and Manchester City will go head to head in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side won the competition last year after beating Arsenal 3-0 in Arsene Wenger finall season and the Cityzen will be looking to defend their title for the first time.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is in a final in his first season in English football and is out to win his first piece of silverware as a coach.

Team News 

There are also question marks over who will be Chelsea's goalkeeper at Wembley, with Kepa Arrizabalaga missing Thursday's Europa League game with a hamstring injury. Should he be sidelined again, former Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero will deputise in his place.

Pedro and Davide Zappacosta have also been suffering with illness this week and are doubtful.

John Stones (groin), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Gabriel Jesus (hamstring) are doubtful for Sunday's final and Guardiola refused to confirm if Arijanet Muric - who has played in goal in the previous rounds - would start ahead of Ederson.

Recent Form

Chelsea have wonn three and lost the same number matches from their last six fixtures, while Manchester City won five and lost one from the same number of encounter with the Blues.

Head To Head

 

This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides already this season, with Man City winning two of those including one at Wembley in August's Community Shield.

It is the first time they have ever met in a League Cup final, though, and only the second time they have faced off in the final of any competition other than the Community Shield - after the 1985-86 Full Members Cup final which ended 5-4 in Chelsea's favour, still the highest-scoring final in Wembley history.

These two sides have not met in this competition since 1993-94, when City edged to a 1-0 win in the third round - one of only two previous League Cup editions of this fixture.

Manager Quotes

Sarri says his side cannot make the same sluggish start on Sunday as they did against Malmo at Stamford Bridge he said: "[It would be] a disaster, of course. I think that we played the first 30 minutes without confidence. Nervous.

"We were unable to move the ball very fast. We were in trouble on their pressing. Then a little bit better in the last 15 minutes of the first half and then, after the first goal, very well."

Guardiola does not think the game will have a bearing on Sunday's result he said  "I don't like to play the same team in a short period of time when you have beaten them before.

"They [Chelsea] are incredibly professional players, they are proud and bright and will do extra. We are going to play the type of game you have to play in a final and try to win the title.

"Of course it is not the most important title of the season but once we are here in an amazing stadium against a top side, we want to prepare to win."

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard

Man City possible starting lineup: Muric; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D Silva; Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling

Score Prediction: Chelsea 1-3 Man City

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