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Why Zinchenko & Nathan Ake are missing for Manchester City vs Chelsea

Why Zinchenko & Nathan Ake are missing for Manchester City vs Chelsea

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off will see Manchester City and Chelsea go head-to-head at the Etihad.

The tie is of huge importance to both sides when it comes to the 2021/22 PL title race.

Chelsea head into the game sitting a full 10 points adrift of Man City with 21 games played each.

Should they lose on Saturday and that gap widen to 13, one would have to assume that, even if Thomas Tuchel’s side play well for the rest of the campaign, they will not be able to overturn such a deficit.

Manchester City, on the other hand, would no doubt be left disappointed if their lead over the Londoners was reduced to just seven points, though such a gap remains decent breathing space, nonetheless.

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Why Zinczenko is missing for Manchester City vs Chelsea

As is the norm, both sides would release their starting line-up an hour before kick-off.

Despite having some covid issues of late, which saw Pep Guardiola miss Man City’s FA Cup win last weekend, the Sky Blues were still able to put out a fairly strong squad on Saturday.

One of the only noticeable absentees from the entire matchday squad was Oleksandr Zinchenko.

However, an explanation for Zinchenko’s absence has been provided, with the left-back understood to be out with a knock:

Nathan Ake is also missing the tie because he is short of full fitness.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6