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Three ways Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

Three ways Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

Table-topping Chelsea showing early title credentials

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boss Thomas Tuchel long to right the ship at Stamford Bridge and push the club far beyond the level found under former midfield icon Frank Lampard in just a little over half a season.

Fresh off a top-four finish last term and an unexpected Champions League win against Premier League rivals (and Sunday opponent) Manchester City, Chelsea have once again strengthened in the summer transfer window and entered the 2021-22 campaign as arguably the favorite to go on and top the league come May.

Thus far that prediction is proving to be correct as the Blues currently sit at the Premier League summit, level on 13-points with both Liverpool and Manchester United while having the joint-top goal difference (+11). Tuchel’s men have allowed just a single goal across their opening five fixtures as well, a feat only equaled by City and the Reds, which sets up a massive 6-point clash that could see Chelsea push ahead of Pep Guardiola early on in the campaign while keeping pace with their closest rivals in the table.

As Chelsea are set to clash with Aston Villa in the third round of the Carabao Cup tonight, the question of how Tuchel might deploy his troops to bag all three points at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday is already on the minds of many. Here are three possibilities.

The Tuchel go-to

Three ways Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

The tried and tested 3-4-2-1 that has been on full display in every single Chelsea fixture this season, this is a deployment that is hard to argue against given the results it has garnered since the German tactician has taken up the Stamford Bridge touchline. The only question could come by way of whether N’Golo Kanté or Mateo Kovačić would start, but this XI would hardly shock anyone when the team sheets are released.

Chelsea firepower on full display

Three ways Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

Bold, and meant to push City early and control proceedings on the scoreboard, there is a massive element of risk to this and the likelihood that Tuchel would put faith in it is rather slim. But the potential to tap into the hopeful budding understanding between Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner would be at the heart of this deployment in a bid to hit City on the break while offering multiple creative avenues through Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, or the ability to bypass midfield via Jorginho or a diagonal ball from one of the wing-backs.

A conservative Chelsea approach

Three ways Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

Maybe a bit too conservative for even a pro-active tactician like Tuchel, this deployment would look to really hunker down the center of the park and disrupt City’s ability to operate in central areas while highlighting the box-to-box capabilities of both N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić. The defensive stability offered by Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta would hopefully off-set City’s penchant for focusing on wide areas to create chances.


Chelsea betting odds, next game:

Brighton vs Chelsea odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Brighton vs Chelsea Full time result
Brighton
15/4
Draw
11/4
Chelsea
8/11
Brighton vs Chelsea Result/Both teams score Yes No
Brighton 8/1 6/1
Chelsea 3/1
Draw 4/1 17/2
Brighton vs Chelsea Correct Score
Brighton
Chelsea
Brighton vs Chelsea Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Romelu Lukaku7/4 7/4 1/1
Kai Havertz11/4 11/4 6/4
Mason Mount11/4 11/4 6/4
Neal Maupay3/1 3/1 9/4
Callum Hudson-Odoi15/4 15/4 9/4

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Chelsea FC 22 28 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
15 Everton FC 19 -10 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 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

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
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
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 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
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6