Man City vs Chelsea
In his limited minutes for City is been clear to see that Alvarez posses real quality. That really came to fruition in the World Cup as he was an integral piece of Argentina’s side.
Alvarez has averaged 1.47 shots on target in his appearances this season and we’re after 2 or more here. But you’ve got to take in to account that he’s set to lead the line as opposed to playing in support of Haaland and also, Grealish starts on the left who’s more focused on creating than shooting.
This man is a complete and utter bombscare. Always tearing out of position and making clumsy challenges, he was booked late on in the midweek meeting of the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.
He averages 1.52 fouls/90 and will have to deal with the likes of Mahrez, Alvarez and KDB interchanging around him.
Koulibaly is a strong centre back. He wins headers, he’s physically imposing but he’s terrible with players playing sharp passes around him.
Another advantage with a player like him is offensively, he’s the target for every Chelsea set piece so there’s every chance he lands this selection by being too forceful in the opposition area.
He’s made at least 1 foul in 12 of his last 13 matches for club and country, he racked up 3 in midweek vs the same opposition.
Rodri commits by far the most fouls in the City team, he’s committed 12 more than anyone else. Some of that is down to his style but also that he’s the shield for the defence, it’s the job of that player in the City side to break up play and stop the rare counter attacks.
Rodri averages 1.75 fouls P/90.
The midweek game was pretty tame and I can’t expect anything different here, especially with it being the cup.
City average just 1.12 cards and a key to this is the fact that Chelsea draw so few.
They draw just 1.35 per game. There’s so few direct runners in the Chelsea team, especially in midfield and deeper areas that they rarely get opposition players carded. That’s magnified even more so with the loss of Reece James, which massively culls their attacking output and xG.
There were 2 late cards in midweek, up until then it was very very tame. City dominate the ball so much for long periods, that teams sit off rather than dive in. Chelsea will stay regimented.
City themselves didn’t get a card in midweek.