Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 8 May 2021
Kickoff at 17:30 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
UK - Sky Sports
UK Radio - talkSPORT
Live text, audio and stats at mancity.com
Everything you need to know ahead of our Premier League clash with Chelsea.

WHEN AND WHERE

City host Chelsea on Saturday 4 May at the Etihad Stadium, with kick-off at 17:30 (UK).

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Fans in the UK can watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, whilst supporters from abroad can check out how they can tune in via the TV listings at the foot of the page.

If you are unable to watch the game you can follow minute-by-minute updates here on ManCity.com and the Man City App courtesy of our Matchday Centre.

City+ subscribers can also watch a full-match replay at midnight following the game.

WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE

Presenter, Natalie Pike will be joined by former City defenders, Joleon Lescott and Nedum Onuoha for this week's We're Not Really Here.

Join Natalie, Joleon and Nedum for all the pre-match build-up as well as a comprehensive, in-depth reaction at both half-time and full-time.

The show will be broadcasted across all of our digital platforms and will begin 65 minutes before kick-off at 16:25 (UK).

PEP PREVIEW

“I’ve always said the Premier League is the most important title... we have four games left to get one victory and tomorrow we will try to get it.

“When we have the Premier League, after the focus will be the final of the Champions League and everything will be related to the final.

“I am a cautious guy. In sport you don’t talk about it until you have it. We still need points.

"I have a lot of respect for Thomas (Tuchel)... in every place he has been he has always done really well and the teams are always a joy to watch.

"I have not been working with him so I don’t know [what he does], but he has always done really well.

"I am not surprised and huge compliments for what they have done so far."

TEAM NEWS

City make nine changes for today’s key Premier League home clash with Chelsea.

Ederson and Ruben Dias retain their places from the side that beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in Tuesday’s superb Champions League semi-final second leg victory.

Nathan AkeAymeric Laporte, Benjamin MendyRodrigo, Joao Cancelo, Raheem SterlingSergio Aguero, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus all come into the starting eleven.

Kyle Waker, Oleks Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Ilkay GundoganBernardo, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all revert to the bench.

John Stones misses out on the game as he completes a three-match domestic suspension while Kevin De Bruyne is also absent as he is not fully fit for selection.

It’s a vital fixture as a victory for City at the Etihad this afternoon would see us crowned Premier League champions.

TEAMS

CITY: EdersonAke, Dias, LaporteMendyRodrigo, Cancelo, Sterling (c), Aguero, Jesus, Torres,

Subs: Steffen, Walker, Garcia, Zinchenko, FernandinhoGundoganBernardoMahrezFoden

CHELSEA: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Kante, Gilmour, Alonso, Ziyech, Werner, Pulisic

Subs: Kepa, Emerson, Livramento, Zouma, Jorginho, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Ambraham, Giroud

FORM GUIDE

We go into the game on the back of Champions League triumph, after City booked a place in the Champions League final thanks to a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Domestically, last Saturday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace means Guardiola's side know victory over Chelsea would secure our third Premier League title in four years.

However, Saturday's clash will be anything but straight forward for City, as the visitors head into the game having lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games.

LAST MEETING

It was Chelsea who took the spoils the last time the two sides met, as Tuchel's side ran out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup semi-final last month.

However it was City who prevailed in the reverse league fixture, as a mesmorising first half saw us record a 3-1 victory, thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne.

Last result

All results

Premier League

C Palace
0
Man City
2
WATCH: Chelsea 1-3 City: Extended highlights

match officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. 

Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. 

VAR: Stuart Attwell. 

Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.

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