Picking a Best Combined XI of Chelsea & Manchester City Players Ahead of Saturday’s Clash

?The Premier League season is well under way as we enter game week seven, and fans of England’s top flight have another spectacle to behold when Manchester City travel to west London to face the reigning champions Chelsea this Saturday. 

Both teams are coming off the back of midweek Champions League victories, although City will presumably have the fresher legs given the fact they had a home tie, whereas Chelsea travelled to Madrid and back. 

Nonetheless, it should prove to be an enticing matchup, and one which will have huge importance come May. In preparation for it, here’s a combined best XI from the two squads…


1. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)  

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The imperious Belgian stopper gets the nod over City’s Ederson as despite the pair being tied on three clean sheets for the season so far, Courtois has been in a fine vein of form individually.

Coupled with the fact that he arguably plays under a more defence minded boss in Antonio Conte, the 25-year-old is the preferred choice to Ederson, who may come under more pressure given Pep Guardiola’s open playing style. 


2. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) 

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The England international is the preferred choice over Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses, and poses as a bigger threat going forward due to Guardiola’s favoured system which focuses on his full-backs operating higher upfield. 

Additionally, the 3-5-2 deployed by both teams may allow Walker to have a lot of joy in his direct battle with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, with the former Tottenham man’s pace being a key factor in possibly pinning the Spaniard back and restricting his own attacking opportunities.  


3. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 

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The Spaniard has recorded four assists in just six games this season, numbers that would be impressive of an attacker let alone a defender. 

Additionally, he has also kept three clean sheets and gets the nod over City’s Nicolas Otamendi due to his effectiveness at both ends of the pitch. 


4. John Stones (Manchester City)

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The former Everton man has made an impressive start to the season, and has seemingly eradicated some of the defensive errors that plagued his game throughout last season. 

The form of Chelsea’s Gary Cahill has been patchy, and new boy Antonio Rudiger has been diligent but unspectacular, meaning Stones gets the nod. 


5. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) 

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After Gary Cahill’s red card in the shock opening day defeat to Burnley – and consequential three game ban – 21-year-old Andreas Christensen was drafted into the starting lineup and hasn’t looked back since. 

Cahill will struggle to regain his place given the Dane’s fine form in his absence, and as a result of that, we’ve given the nod to the youngster. 


6. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

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The former Bolton Wanderers man has been in excellent form going forward this campaign, scoring three times and assisting twice including a match winning double against Spurs at Wembley. 

The form of City’s Benjamin Mendy has also been decent, but given his lack of game time early in the season due to fitness as well as his recent knee injury, Marcus Alonso takes the left wing-back spot in our side. 


7. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 

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Chelsea’s pocket sized midfield engine takes the defensive midfield spot in the combined XI, and the fact he’s in there alone just pays homage to the work rate and exceptional defensive talents of the Frenchman. 

City’s Fernandinho has also had an eye catching start to the campaign, but Kante just edges him due to his individual desire to win the ball back for his team. 


8. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 

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The inclusion of the Belgian needs no explanation. The former Chelsea man has orchestrated the deadliest attack in the league this term with his astounding vision and technical ability, and no one comes close to taking his place in this combined XI.

He will be hoping to make Chelsea regret ever selling him, and you wouldn’t put it past him doing just that. 


9. David Siva (Manchester City) 

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The Spanish magician tops the assist charts in the league this term, racking up six in just six games for his clinical teammates, and has been his silky self consistently this season. 

His eye for a pass and unprecedented vision means Chelsea’s back line must be wary of allowing him too much time on the ball, because the 31-year-old can be creatively ruthless if given the space. 


10. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 

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Chelsea’s elusive Belgian has returned to form and fitness at just the wrong time for Pep Guardiola and City, with the 26-year-old’s scintillating performance against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday sure to give City’s defenders some food for thought. 

Having yet to start a league game this term, Hazard has some catching up to do in order to reach his usually impressive numbers. 


11. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) 

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Following Sergio Aguero’s unfortunate rib injury, Jesus has now been left to hold the torch up-front alone in the Argentine’s absence, but given his form so far this season you wouldn’t question his capabilities in doing so. 

Morata can feel hard done by to be excluded from the XI, but one of the main contributors to the best attack in the league this season has to be included.  

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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Analysis: Eden Hazard vs Kevin De Bruyne – Head to Head in Gameweek 6

?The fixture list for the bigger teams in England’s top flight is becoming more and more congested, as the return of the Champions League has had the heavyweights of the division keeping a close eye on the form and fitness of their key players. 

Two of these heavyweights in particular, Chelsea and Manchester City, go head to head at Stamford Bridge this weekend following their midweek exploits in Europe’s best club competition, with the former recording an extremely convincing 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday evening. 

City, on the other hand, scraped to a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk (compared to their recent goal-laden form) and will hope to return to their free scoring ways in west London this Saturday.

Two of the Premier League’s most creative forces will be up against each other in the aforementioned fixture, as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will look to orchestrate the attack for their respective clubs, but who should you choose for your ?Yahoo Daily Fantasy team? 


Form

Both Belgians come into the top of the table clash in contrasting form domestically. Hazard has only recently regained full fitness after a spell out injured, although the former Lille man looked back to his sharp self in Madrid on Wednesday, whilst De Bruyne has been pulling the strings of the league’s best attack all season. 

Fantasy points per game don’t tell the whole story in all honesty, as Hazard is averaging 4.4 whilst his Belgian counterpart averages 12.4, despite their hugely contrasting minutes played.

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Chelsea’s usual source of creativity has registered zero goals and zero assists in the league so far, partly due to the fact that his three appearances so far have come from the bench, leaving him little time to make an impact. 

City’s string-puller has, on the other hand, been hugely influential in his side’s excellent start to the season which has seen the Citizens score 21 goals in just six games, with De Bruyne directly contributing to three of them whilst scoring none himself.  


Opposition

Saturday’s fixture between the title chasers should be a cagey affair, in which the possibility of both teams cancelling each other out is a great one. 

City boast the joint best defence in the league, conceding just twice along with their fierce rivals United, whilst also possessing the most prolific attack outright, scoring 21 times. 

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Chelsea can also boast a stern back line, conceding just five times, although their tally of 12 goals scored remains way off the Citizen’s prolific form in front of goal. 

Hazard has already wreaked havoc in this fixture, scoring home and away for the Blues against City last term on their way to the title, whilst De Bruyne remains relatively quiet when facing Antonio Conte’s men. 


Value

There is not much to choose between the two Belgians price wise, with Hazard just £2 cheaper than De Bruyne, who would set you back £25 were you to select him. 

The former Lille man would, in that respect, be slightly more cost effective for your side if you were to choose him, as his return to full fitness and scintillating performance in midweek gives food for thought for plenty of managers for this weekend’s fixture. 

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De Bruyne, whilst costing slightly more, is settled in the rhythm of playing and starting consistently in the league this season, and has a wealth of attacking movement ahead of him who could earn him an assist or free up space for the former Chelsea reject to possibly notch his first goal of the season

Whoever comes out on top remains far from obvious, although whoever gains the upper hand at Stamford Bridge this Saturday may see their efforts rewarded greatly come May. 

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Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More

?Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in a top of the table clash on Saturday evening. 

Both Premier League title rivals will be aiming to secure a vital victory but at the same time will be desperate to avoid defeat. 

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Saturday’s gigantic clash.


Classic Encounter

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Manchester City went into this fixture knowing they needed a win to apply pressure on arch rivals Manchester United in the 2011/12 title race. Chelsea went ahead on the hour mark as Gary Cahill’s deflected shot found its way into the Citizens’ net. 

Roberto Mancini then turned to the previously exiled Carlos Tevez, who was making his first appearance for City since falling out with the Italian manager. 

The introduction of the Argentine changed the game and the home side were level 18 minutes later thanks to a Sergio Aguero penalty. 

Tevez then slipped a pass into Samir Nasir with five minutes remaining and the Frenchman kept his cool, slotting the ball into the back of the net to secure a crucial win for City and complete Tevez’s redemption. 


Team News

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will serve the final game of his three-match ban, while deadline day signing Danny Drinkwater is yet to play a game for the Blues and is yet again ruled out through injury. 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the fixture with a slight injury, while the Citizens’ first choice left-back Benjamin Mendy could have played his last game for the club this season following confirmation he injured his ACL against Crystal Palace. 

Sergio Aguero fractured a rib in a car crash while in Argentina recently and the Manchester City talisman will be ruled out of Saturday’s crucial fixture.

Predicted Chelsea XICourtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Pedro; Morata

Predicted Manchester City XIEderson; Danilo, Stones, Otamendi; Fernandinho; Walker, De Bruyne, Silva; Sterling, Sane, Jesus


Prediction

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Following their sensational last minute win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening, Chelsea will be going into this game with a great deal of confidence. 

The Blues have the advantage of hosting the match and the Stamford Bridge crowd will be doing everything possible to be Chelsea’s 12th man. 

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Manchester City have had a day longer to rest than the home side following their victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday evening. 

However, squad morale could be affected by the news of Benjamin Mendy being ruled out for the rest of season and Sergio Aguero’s reported car crash.

Both sides will know a defeat would be a big blow in a title race that looks as though it will be very tight from what we’ve seen so far this campaign. 

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As a result of this, a cagey affair is likely to unfold with neither club taking too many risks in fear of losing to a title rival. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City 

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Statistics Indicate Chelsea Star Is a Top Class ‘Plan B’ Who Has Definitely Raised His Game Lately

?Michy Batshuayi was the hero of the hour on Wednesday night as Chelsea took all three points away at Atletico Madrid with the last kick of the game.

The Belgian was starting on the bench once again – a predicament he knows all too well following on from last season in which he played second fiddle to Diego Costa.

The Spaniard has now been sold, but had already been replaced by compatriot Alvaro Morata, who has flown out of the traps for his new club – leaving Batshuayi in the same position as last season.

But the former Marseille star is still coming up with the goods where he can, and his goal at the new Wanda Metropolitano was his fifth in just three games – which is as many as he managed in his previous 16 according to OptaJoe.

He is in great form, and seems to be raising his game in tandem with Morata at the moment, which is extremely positive news for Blues fans.

What’s more, the 23-year-old is the joint-top scorer of goals by substitutes in 2017 along with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, with four each, signalling his status as a top quality ‘plan B’.


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Batshuayi is unlikely to start for Chelsea against Manchester City on Saturday, but manager Antonio Conte can take heart from the fact that he is in such good form off such little playing time, and will happily turn to him if Morata fails to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.

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David Luiz Reveals Why He Conceded Penalty in Chelsea’s Dramatic Champions League Victory

Chelsea recorded a famous 1-2 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, but they had to come back from a goal down after giving away a first half penalty, and the perpetrator David Luiz has revealed he simply did not have the power to stop ?Lucas Hernandez, and thus turned to a more illegal approach.  

The spot kick was duly converted by Antoine Griezmann before two second half goals from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi secured Chelsea a dramatic victory – their second Champions League win of the season.

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Antonio Conte’s men had dominated much of the first-half’s proceedings at the Wanda Metropolitano, but a reckless tug of Hernandez’s shirt by Luiz ensured Atletico scored against the run of play. 

Luiz offered his thoughts on his decision to pull Hernandez down, as he explained to ?Chelsea’s website: “I didn’t have the power to stop him because of my injury and I pushed his shirt.

“In the rules that’s a penalty but if the referee gives that one, he has to give many more.

The penalty ended up being a blemish on a rather impressive away performance, and Luiz was buoyed by what he saw from his side.

He added: “The performance of the team was amazing. 

“We played a great game and controlled it from the first minute. It’s not easy to play against Atletico, one of the best teams in the Champions League from the last few years. 

“They know how to play against everybody. I was happy with the performance of the team and in the end we got what we deserved.

“We need to be honest, we played really well, with character and experience. We didn’t lose our passion, or our style of football, and we deserved to win.

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“We have four more games to play and we have to get more points to qualify. We now have two very difficult games against Roma so let’s keep our feet on the ground because it’s not easy to get points in the Champions League,” he added. 

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