Manchester City vs Chelsea
|Date & Time||Sunday February 21, 2016, 11:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Chelsea 4/5 Draw 11/4 Manchester City 15/4
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The best game of the FA Cup fixtures will see Manchester City travel to London to take on Chelsea in what could be a really great game of football. Chelsea lost to PSG midweek their first loss under Gus Hiddink. Diego Costa, Oscar and Hazard will take the game to Manchester City on Sunday and I expect a reaction from Chelsea following their midweek defeat. Chelsea lost the game but played well in Paris and looked back to the team that won the Premier League last season. Willian has been terrific this season , Diego Costa, Hazard and Fabregas are all coming back into form and Hiddink will be looking to get another long run in the FA Cup.Last time Hiddink was in charge at Chelsea they won the FA Cup and expect them to try to win it again this season.
With Manchester City playing in Europe this week the rumours are out that Manuel Pelligrini will rest some of his starters in London. Manchester City have a strong squad though but with Pelligrini likely to rest Aguero, Toure and Silva it will be interesting to see how the rest of the squad stands up here. Sterling, Iheanacho, Navas and the two brazilian midfielders Fernando and Fernandinho will be key here. Vincent Kompany is fit again but will Manchester City risk their captain with so many important games ahead? The Champions League and Premier League will take precidence for Manchester City and I think because of this Chelsea are deserved favourites.
While I think Chelsea deserve favouritism I dont think they should be as short as they are in the betting. The draw appeals to me even with Manchester City resting some starters I think they have the quality to keep this game tight. These two could cancel each other out here and while neither team will want another fixture due to their heavy schedule I think we might just see this one finish a draw