ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — Chelsea will give Manchester City a guard of honour, as the champions play their first game since being confirmed as kings of the Premier League for a fifth time in six seasons.
Challengers Arsenal lost at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, as part of a late-season collapse which has seen the Gunners win just one of their last seven outings. It meant that City officially clinched the title, as they sit four points clear at the top with Arsenal having only one game left to play.
Pep Guardiola’s men still have three to go, with today’s clash with the Blues being followed by trips to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford. As such, the trophy will be hoisted this afternoon, with it being City’s final home game of a remarkable campaign.
Chelsea have nothing to play for other than a single position in mid-table, with Frank Lampard’s men sitting a point off 11th-placed Crystal Palace with two games in hand. The second of those is another trip just four miles from here, against Manchester United on Thursday.
The Sporting News is live from Manchester, with live score updates and highlights below, with postgame reaction to follow.
Man City vs Chelsea live score
Man City vs Chelsea lineups
Man City lineup (4-3-3): Ortega (GK) — Walker, Akanji, Laporte, Lewis — Phillips, Foden, Palmer — Mahrez, Alvarez, Gomez
Chelsea lineup (3-5-2): Kepa (GK) — Fofana, Koulibaly, Chalobah — Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez, Gallagher, Hall — Havertz, Sterling
Man City vs Chelsea updates, highlights
40 mins to KO: City have a couple of players who may be waving goodbye to Etihad Stadium this afternoon, with their contracts expiring this summer. Scott Carson is one of them, with the goalkeeper being an important presence in the dressing room, even if his opportunities have been extremely limited behind Ederson and Stefan Ortega.
The other, of slightly more concern, is Ilkay Gundogan. As yet, the midfielder’s future is uncertain, with some reports suggesting he’ll pen a new long-term deal at City, while others have linked him with Barcelona. The midfielder has been on fire in recent weeks, with back-to-back braces against Leeds United and Everton.
1 hour to KO: Team news is in. For Chelsea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kai Havertz Wesley Fofana all come in, following the 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest last time out.
Wholesale changes for the hosts, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne rested. Only Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji stay in the team which beat Real Madrid in midweek.
Champions’ Team News! 💙
XI | Ortega Moreno, Walker (C), Akanji, Laporte, Lewis, Phillips, Foden, Palmer, Mahrez, Gomez, Alvarez
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 21, 2023
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 21, 2023
1 hour 30 mins to KO: Frank Lampard is returning to this ground for the third time as a manager, losing here with Chelsea in 2019/20 and surprisingly drawing with Everton earlier this season. The former England international also spent one year at City as a player, featuring 32 times across a trophyless 2014/15 campaign.
2 hours to KO: Welcome to Etihad Stadium for Manchester City’s title party. They’re getting rather used to this — and there could still be a lot more to celebrate in the coming three weeks. An FA Cup final against bitter rivals Manchester United and Champions League final against Inter Milan will close out their season, with the chance to become only the second team in English football history to complete the treble.
The Citizens look unstoppable in that quest, currently riding a 23-game unbeaten streak, stretching back to a 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in February. Every single home game across three competitions since then has been won.
Man City have got Chelsea’s number.
In the last five games:
— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) May 21, 2023
What time does Man City vs Chelsea kick off?
This Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium kicks off at 4 p.m. local time.Here’s how that time translates across several territories:
|USA||Sun, May. 21||11 a.m. ET|
|Canada||Sun, May. 21||11 a.m. ET|
|UK||Sun, May. 21||4 p.m. BST|
|Australia||Mon, May. 22||1 a.m. AEST|
|India||Sun, May. 21||8 p.m. IST|
|Hong Kong||Sun, May. 21||11 p.m. HKT|
|Malaysia||Sun, May. 21||11 p.m. MYT|
|Singapore||Sun, May. 21||11 p.m. SGT|
|New Zealand||Mon, May. 22||3 a.m. NZST|
Man City vs Chelsea live stream, TV channel
|USA||NBC USA Network||Fubo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo|
|UK||Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League||Sky GO|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport 6 NZ||Sky Sport NOW, Sky Go NZ|
|India||Star Sports Select 2||Hotstar VIP,
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||Astro Go, sooka|
|Singapore||Hub Premier 1-3 (Ch. 221-222)||StarHub TV+|
Published at Sun, 21 May 2023 14:20:00 +0000