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Chelsea vs Manchester City prediction: The master vs the apprentice

Chelsea vs Manchester City prediction: The master vs the apprentice

Manchester City start the latest defence of their Premier League title with a trip to face Chelsea on the opening weekend of the 2024/25 campaign.

Chelsea vs Man City prediction: The master vs the apprentice

Chelsea vs Man City latest prediction

Premier League

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Squawka Betting Tip
Chelsea 1-1 Man City
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Last year Man City secured an unprecedented Premier League triumph. Never before in men’s football has a team won four consecutive top-flight titles in England. That’s right, the record even transcends the start of the Premier League. So the question now is whether Man City can turn four into five. For now they have avoided a departure from Pep Guardiola, but there have been small hints that this could be his final campaign as Man City boss.

For the fourth season in a row, Man City start their Premier League title defence away from home. It’s something they will have grown used to, not opening a Premier League campaign at the Etihad since 2016/17. As defending champions, Man City have lost way to Tottenham while beating West Ham and Burnley within the last three campaigns.

For Chelsea, this is the start of another new era. Shortly after securing a return to European football, Mauricio Pochettino parted ways with the club, a decision officially announced as coming by mutual consent. Although Chelsea did secure a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, there was a lot for the Blues to be unhappy about, which they will try to remedy this season.

At the helm now is Enzo Maresca, who led Leicester City back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. That was Maresca’s first full season as a manager, having taken charge of Parma for a few months in 2021. Between those two roles, Maresca was Guardiola’s assistant at Man City, having previously been in charge of the club’s U23 team in 2020/21.

Premier League

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Squawka Betting Tip
Double Chance: Chelsea/Draw
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Chelsea host Man City on Sunday 18th August at 4:30pm at Stamford Bridge.

Although Man City knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals last season, in the league the Blues did well. Despite their struggles as a whole, Chelsea still managed to take two points from their two games against Man City, including a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.

What’s more, Chelsea have won 20 and drawn seven of their 32 previous Premier League season openers.


*Odds correct as of 15:30 on 9th July. 18+ only. GambleAware

Chelsea team news

Chelsea have already added four new names to their squad including Kieran Dewsbury-Hall, who followed Maresca from Leicester. Maresca is expected to set the Blues up in a 4-3-3, which could see Dewsbury-Hall take up one of the midfield slots.

Thiago Silva has left, so there will be a different centre-back partnership. And Reece James is suspended for the first three games of the new season after his red card at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

Man City team news

The defending champions have been quiet in the transfer window, with only three players leaving so far and none coming in. Of course, that could all change over the next month. According to reports, Ederson could be on his way out, which would give Stefan Ortega the starting goalkeeper spot.

Chelsea vs Man City head-to-head

Although Chelsea did manage two draws against Man City last season, ending a run of six straight defeats without scoring, the Blues remain winless in their past nine games in this fixture. The last time Chelsea beat Man City came in the 2021 Champions League final.

Chelsea vs Man City H2H
Date Score Ground
20/04/24 Man City 1-0 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London
17/02/24 Man City 1-1 Chelsea Etihad Stadium, Manchester
12/11/23 Chelsea 4-4 Man City Stamford Bridge, London
21/05/23 Man City 1-0 Chelsea Etihad Stadium, Manchester
08/01/23 Man City 4-0 Chelsea Etihad Stadium, Manchester
05/01/23 Chelsea 0-1 Man City Stamford Bridge, London

How to watch Chelsea vs Man City live

Manchester City’s 2024/25 Premier League opener will be broadcast live at 4:30pm on Sunday 18th August on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.