The UEFA Champions League features arguably the most important match of the season as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lock horns with Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.
Blue is the colour for this year’s Champions League final, as Manchester City and Chelsea board their flights to Porto seeking to end the strangest of seasons with the biggest prize of them all.
The two Premier League giants have been impressive this season and could mark a landmark moment in their history this weekend.
Manchester City have been exceptional under Pep Guardiola this season. They have already managed to win both the Premier League and the Carabao Cup during the campaign.
Manchester City have been in fantastic form since mid-December.
City have won 20 of their last 22 Premier League games and 33 of their last 36 in all competitions.
The Cityzens are a tactically robust unit and could win the first UEFA Champions League trophy in their history on Saturday.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have enjoyed some early success under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues have been a thorn in Manchester City’s side and could complete their renaissance with a victory in this fixture.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions – a run that includes a cup win over City and a 2-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Man City vs Chelsea predictions:
- Man City have won 33 of their last 36 matches (all competitions).
- Man City have won 20 of their last 22 matches (Premier League).
- Man City have won their last 3 home matches against Chelsea (Premier League).
- Man City have lost only two of their last 30 Champions League fixtures.
- Chelsea have conceded 1 goal or less in 24 of their last 25 matches (all competitions).
- Chelsea have seen under 2.5 goals in 18 of their last 20 matches (all competitions).
- Chelsea have lost three of their last four matches.
- Chelsea have notched one or fewer goals 15 times since Tuchel took the reins.
Chelsea have an impressive record against Manchester City and have won 70 matches out of a total of 168 games played between the two teams. Manchester City have managed 59 victories against Chelsea and have a point to prove in this fixture.
Saturday’s Champions League final will mark the 169th meeting between Man City and Chelsea in all competitions, with the Blues boasting 70 wins compared to the Citizens’ 59.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the Premier League earlier this month and ended in a 2-1 victory for Chelsea. The Blues also dumped Manchester City out of the FA Cup this year and will want a similar result this weekend.
Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League in January.
City have won four of the last six meetings and each of the last three at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite his fluffed penalty, soon-to-be Barcelona attacker Aguero has struck 15 times in 22 games against Chelsea for City, and the two clubs have not met in Europe since the 1970-71 Cup Winners’ Cup, where the capital side overcame their English rivals in the semi-finals before ultimately winning the tournament.
Manchester City have one of the strongest squads in the world at the moment and have blown their opponents away this season. Guardiola has had his problems against Chelsea in the past, and will have to address the chinks in his side’s armor this weekend.
Chelsea have also been inconsistent this month and cannot afford to put a foot wrong against Guardiola’s side. Manchester City hold a slight upper hand on paper and could create history with a victory this weekend.
Our prediction: Man City win @ 1.91