An early dress rehearsal of this season’s UEFA Champions League final sees Manchester City aiming to seal their third Premier League crown in four seasons at home to Chelsea on Saturday. Three weeks before England’s blue giants are scheduled to clash in Istanbul, Turkey, the pair will meet at the Etihad Stadium for a warm-up act posing big implications of its own. One more win is enough to ensure runaway leaders City can no longer be caught in the title chase, while Chelsea need the points to ensure they can keep their place in the top four.
What TV Channel is City-Chelsea on?
NBC will handle broadcasting duties for an early preview of this season’s Champions League final, beginning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream Premier League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester City vs. Chelsea
When: Saturday, May 8
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Pep Guardiola is closing on a third Premier League title since moving to Manchester in 2016, and it was in December of that year that Chelsea last tasted victory at the Etihad. The west Londoners have beaten City four times in 11 encounters since then, with Guardiola winning the remaining seven (one via penalties). City inflicted a 3-1 defeat upon Chelsea when they visited Stamford Bridge in January, with the midfield trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan providing the goals:
But Chelsea have undergone a transformation since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager later that month. The German has made subtle changes to a world-class squad and sent the club to two major finals in a little more than three months as Blues boss. A Wembley win over Guardiola was necessary to take Chelsea to an FA Cup decider against Leicester City, just one of numerous tactical triumphs already on Tuchel’s record in west London:
Both coaches may think to rotate their assets after focusing their attentions on Europe in midweek. City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at home to finish a 4-1 aggregate result in their Champions League semi, while Chelsea ousted Real Madrid with an identical home win (3-1 on aggregate).
Aymeric Laporte should replace John Stones in the City back line due to the latter’s suspension, while the attacking trio of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will hope to start. For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta are the only injury concerns, though Tuchel also has deep enough reserves to hand some of his fringe players a start.
A European and domestic double would be a remarkable achievement for Chelsea considering the club’s situation in January, while City are still seeking a historic treble. Guardiola beat Tottenham to lift his fourth Carabao Cup in as many seasons last month, leaving Champions League gold as the main priority on May 29. The European showdown will play a major factor on the minds for both squads, but City and Chelsea turn their focus to the last lengths of the Premier League race in Week 35.