All glitz and glamour remain point towards the third English Champions League final this weekend. Manchester City look set to search for their first Champions League win against Chelsea. The match schedules for Saturday at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, with kickoff at 10 pm.
Blue remains the colour of the Champions League final. Both teams had successive fortunes in the Premier League with a top-four finish. Pep Guardiola’s men advanced to the final stage after dumping PSG in the semi-finals. On the other hand, Chelsea proved many wrong by thrashing Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
The Estadio do Dragao sets to come alive with 165,000 fans in the showpiece event. City will be searching for their first treble to top off an impressive season. On the other hand, the Blues will hope to relive their 2013-14 season, where they lifted the coveted trophy.
Pep Guardiola is, without any doubt, one of the most accomplished managers of this generation. He managed to conquer it all at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. However, the only spot empty in the trophy cabinet is a Champions League title for the Citizens.
On the other end, Thomas Tuchel is no stranger to the grandest stage of them all. Furthermore, he took PSG to the finals before falling out to Bayern Munich. Therefore, a top-four finish is already guaranteed for Tuchel.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have 36 games against each other, with Man City taking 17 wins while Chelsea with 16 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Man City 5-0 Everton
Brighton 3-2 Man City
Newcastle 3-4 Man City
Man City 1-2 Chelsea
Man City 2-0 PSG
- Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea
- Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City
- Blues 0-1 Leicester City
- Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
- Man City 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester City Team News
Ilkay Gundogan will shake off a recent injury scare picked up during training. Fernandinho’s recent heroics against PSG might earn him a spot alongside Rodri. Joao Cancelo faces an uphill battle to beat Aleksandar Zinchenko at left-back.
Chelsea Team News
The most significant decision for Tuchel is deciding who starts between the sticks, with Eduoard Mendy a doubt to start. N’golo Kante expects to begin this weekend despite missing the final day of the Premier League. Mateo Kovacic will look to demote Jorginho to the bench.
Prediction and Odds
Pep will put out a master tactical class to outwit Tuchel, but the form does not come into question given it’s the finals.
- Manchester City Win
- Goals Under 3.5
- Mahrez to Score