Cole Palmer to Star: Manchester City Lineup Prediction vs Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola talking to the media

The Manchester City lineup for this upcoming clash with Chelsea in the EFL Cup is tough to predict. Round three of the EFL Cup is usually a prime spot for rotation but The Citizens find themselves up against a very formidable opponent this time around.

Manchester City Lineup Prediction for Cup Tie With Inconsistent Chelsea

How Manchester City Have Lined-Up Recently

Changes to the lineup aren’t very common with names like Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Jack Grealish, and Erling Haaland basically guaranteed to be in the starting lineup.

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Whether that remains true for this cup tie remains to be seen as Pep Guardiola’s focus is no doubt on the title race with Arsenal.

Manchester City Recent Form and Tactics

Old reliable 4-3-3 has been the formation of choice for most recent games. There was a brief switch to a 4-4-2 but more often than not Guardiola resorts to a formation that he has utilised to great success in his career.

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The Premier League title challengers have a mostly spotless record in recent games, one loss to Liverpool aside. Things are looking up for the blue side of Manchester in this campaign.

Manchester City Injuries to Consider

The right-back spot is proving to be a problem area for the club going into this tie with The Blues. Joao Cancelo is suspended for this match, while Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are not fit to play.

Manchester City Lineup Predictions

We predict that the 4-3-3 will be the formation of choice once again with some light rotation:

GK – Stefan Ortega

LB – Sergio Gomez

CB – Aymeric Laporte

CB – Ruben Dias

RB – Rico Lewis

CM – Phil Foden

CM – Rodri

CM – Cole Palmer

AT – Riyad Mahrez

AT – Julian Alvarez

AT – Jack Grealish

Current Odds: Manchester City vs Chelsea

SkyBet unsurprisingly has the home side as the favourites to win and advance to the next round. At 4/9 odds the betting market is almost guaranteeing a win over Graham Potter’s charges.