Manchester City vs Chelsea live! Score, updates, De Bruyne goal, stream

Manchester City vs Chelsea is a huge match in Saturday’s Premier League title race (watch live, 7:30am ET on Peacock Premium) when two heavyweights collide at the Etihad Stadium.

This is going to be epic.


Pep Guardiola’s boys are on fire at the moment, having won 11 games in the Premier League, putting them 10 points ahead of the table. Chelsea are second and this is a huge opportunity for City to crush Chelsea’s title hopes, while also making it very difficult for Liverpool in third. Guardiola changed his side skillfully over the festive period and the injuries have been fairly beneficial for City. Defensively, they continue to excel and they have so many options to attack midfield that everyone is no longer talking about signing a central striker. For now. City have struggled against Chelsea as they lost three in a row to Thomas Tuchel at the end of last season. However, they comfortably beat them at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and will be the glowing favorites heading into this match.

As for Chelsea, Tuchel will draw confidence from FA Cup, PL and UEFA Champions League victories against City at the end of last season, but he knows this will be their toughest test in the competition. The Blues are in the League Cup final and their confidence and defensive stability are beginning to return. Romelu Lukaku’s situation has now been resolved and everyone has moved on, and this feels like a crucial game in Chelsea’s season. Win and they could compete for the title, as many (including yours truly) tipped them off at the start of the campaign. To lose? Well, that’s pretty much good night Vienna to their title dreams. What a game this should be as Chelsea’s defensive juggernaut tries to stop City’s slick attack in a veritable clash of styles.

Here’s everything you need to know for Manchester City vs Chelsea.

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Live Analysis of Manchester City vs Chelsea – By Joe Prince-Wright

Thomas Tuchel asked about Romelu Lukaku who doesn’t get a serve: “Sometimes he has to do the serve. He had a lot of ball losses without any pressure. He had a great chance. Of course we want to be of service to him, but the performance up front, especially in the first half, we need to do much better.”

Kevin de Bruyne admits that today’s win effectively puts an end to Chelsea’s title hopes, but is still wary of Liverpool’s title fight.

FULL TIME: Manchester City are 13 points ahead with 16 games to go. Liverpool have two games in hand over City so it could close that gap to eight points, but Chelsea’s title hopes are now really over.

Phil Foden fires a shot over. Chelsea are now seizing opportunities, leaving gaps for City to exploit.

GOAL! Kevin de Bruyne does things with Kevin de Bruyne. Nice curled effort in the far corner. Manchester City lead 1-0!

Werner and Hudson-Odoi ahead of Pulisic and Ziyech. The latter two struggled to have any impact on the game.

WIDE! Raheem Sterling fired a shot wide of the far post.

Kepa knocks over a free kick from Kevin de Bruyne. That’s about it. Chelsea can’t come from their own half.

OPPORTUNITY! First a ball over the penalty area Sterling just misses the back post, while penalties are waved away. Then Kovacic plays into Lukaku on the break but his shot is well saved by Ederson. Bright start to the second half.

PEACE: 0-0. Narrow. Stretched. Chelsea have held on there, but that is the first time under Tuchel that they have failed to get a single shot in the first half of a game. ouch.

SAVE! Kepa with a great save. Jack Grealish clings to a loose ball after Kevin de Bruyne deflects Kovacic’s pass, but Grealish’s effort is missed by Kepa, who rushed off his line. Big chance for Grealish to give City the lead, looking at the sky in disbelief.

A beautiful run and cross from Phil Foden, but no one was in the penalty area to finish it. Cue endless Tweets about Man City needing a new number nine…

Our own Robbie Mustoe sums up Chelsea’s attacking problems perfectly.

City now begins to take control of the game. Lukaku, however, made a fine run at the break, but Hakim Ziyech’s ball was overhit. In the middle of the first half perfectly balanced.

OPPORTUNITY! Good play from Romelu Lukaku, he teases John Stones to win the ball, shoots to the goal and tries to play in Ziyech instead of shooting. Bal was overhit and Ziyech was offside. Lukaku should have hit that.

This is now starting to heat up. Marcos Alonso booked for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Chelsea fans tease City fans with chants of “Champions of Europe, we know what we are!” The English champions don’t want to be reminded of it That Champions League final in Porto last summer…

First big chance as a ball over the top sees Kepa fly out, miss a clearance that hits Azpilicueta and goes out for a Man City corner.

kick-off: We’re on our way at the Etihad Stadium! This is the biggest game of the season so far. At the end of this game we will know whether or not we have a title race for the second half of the season…

Hello! What a game we have in store today! City top the table, 10 points above Chelsea, in second place and a win today would almost end any title hopes for the west London club.

The team news is very interesting with USMNT’s Christian Pulisic starting for Chelsea ahead of Werner and Mount, while Man City have omitted centre-back Ruben Dias who is on the bench as John Stones comes in.

Manchester City team news, lineups

John Stones replaces Ruben Dias in the starting line-up, while Phil Foden and Jack Grealish both start. Aside from Riyad Mahrez being gone on AFCON duty, the rest of the starting lineup is as expected for City.

Chelsea injury news, line-up options

The Blues have eliminated Ben Chilwell for the season following his ACL injury and Reece James will miss a lot of time with a hamstring problem. That leaves Thomas Tuchel short on the wing, but Cesar Azpilicueta will line up on the right and Marcos Alonso on the left. Andreas Christensen is out after a positive COVID-19 test. The only other issues are that Edouard Mendy is with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, so Kepa starts in goal, while Trevoh Chalobah is out with a hamstring problem, so Malang Sarr starts again at center back. USMNT star Christian Pulisic starts in front of Mason Mount and Timo Werner on the attack.

How to watch Manchester City vs Chelsea live, stream and start time

Kick-off: 7:30 a.m. ET
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

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