The season finale is upon us as Manchester City take on Chelsea in an all-English Champions League final on Saturday night.
Manchester City have already wrapped-up the Premier League title and the League Cup so they are gunning for a memorable treble in Portugal this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side ended the domestic campaign with a resounding 5-0 victory over Everton on Sunday which ensured they finished 12 points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top of the table. However, City will be expecting a far tougher task when they come up against a well organised Chelsea side on Saturday.
The Blues have stuttered in recent weeks as they lost to Leicester in the FA Cup final while they narrowly edged out the Foxes for the final Champions League qualification place on the final day of the season.
Chelsea looked to have blown it after losing 2-1 to Aston Villa but two late Tottenham goals consigned Leicester to a 4-2 defeat which handed Chelsea fourth place. Thomas Tuchel’s men have had one eye on the Champions League final lately so he’ll be hoping they return to form this weekend.
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Manchester City are priced as the 2/5 favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy. Chelsea can be backed at odds of 7/4 and many Blues fans will be tempted by that price considering they recently beat City in the league.
This is going to be a fascinating game but City are expected to edge it and you can back them to win 2-1 at odds of 7/1. Kevin De Bruyne is a key figure for the Citizens and if we back him to open the scoring in a 2-1 City win, we get odds of 60/1.
Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns to worry about following the win over Everton and Guardiola has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
The Spanish coach is expected to make changes with Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo all pushing for recalls. Sergo Aguero also put himself in contention after scoring twice off the bench at the weekend.
Chelsea will hand N’Golo Kante a late fitness test after he missed the defeat at Aston Villa will a thigh injury. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is also a doubt after being forced off with a chest problem at the weekend.
Andreas Christensen is back in contention after recovering from injury while Kai Havertz is also pushing to start after overcoming a knock.
Prediction: Man City 2-1 Chelsea