It was the Blues who denied City the possibility of a quadruple this season after they won the FA Cup semi-final meeting between the teams recently – and they will have another big clash in the weeks ahead, after both reached the Champions League final.
In addition, Chelsea are still trying to secure themselves a top-four finish to ensure participation in next year’s competition – they can go third in the table if they take the points here, after Leicester’s shock home defeat to Newcastle on Friday night.
It might only be a matter of time until City lift the title anyway, but they’ll be keen to do it on home soil as well as gain a measure of revenge for the Wembley defeat.
Both sides and managers, meanwhile, will be aiming to gain any measure of upper hand in the mind games ahead of the European Cup final – whether that will be in Istanbul or elsewhere. Follow our live coverage of Man City vs Chelsea below.
27 mins: It’s just not quite coming together for Man City. Nathan Ake steps up to intercept a loose pass and then feeds the ball into Raheem Sterling. He carries the ball into the box as Sergio Aguero darts for the six-yard area. Sterling squares the ball without looking up and Aguero has already overrun the pass leading to Chelsea taking over.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:57
24 mins: That’s been the way of the game so far. Set pieces whipped into the box or shots from range. There hasn’t been a decent chance on goal since Ferran Torres’ breakaway in the opening few minutes. Sergio Aguero wins a corner for Man City and once again Chelsea deal with it. Marcos Alonso heading it behind.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:54
21 mins: Reece James is tackled over on the right wing and he wins another free kick for the visitors. Hakim Ziyech swings the set piece into the middle of the box aiming for Timo Werner. The ball goes over him and is met by a strong header from Nathan Ake who clears the danger for City.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:52
18 mins: Benjamin Mendy goes on a nice little run from the left wing and dribbles the ball into the left side of the penalty area. There’s a cluster of dark blue shirts in front of him so he cuts it back to Rodri who runs onto the ball and drills one from range. Azpilicueta is in the box to deflect it behind for a corner.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:47
15 mins: Chelsea’s free kick from the right edge of City’s penalty area is whacked straight into the wall and the home side clear the danger.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:46
Yellow card for Sterling!
12 mins: Nathan Ake loses the ball to N’Golo Kante who manages to squeeze it forward towards Timo Werner. He’s in a race with a back tracking Raheem Sterling to win the ball and Sterling dives in. His studs are pointing up and he lands on Werner’s ankle, giving Chelsea a free kick and picking up a yellow card.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:44
6 mins: Manchester City are playing with such a high line, their centre-backs are holding position on the halfway line from a Chelsea goal kick. Sterling weaves forward with the ball and shakes off a tackle. He gives it to Jesus who shoots from range and has his effort blocked. The ball comes to Mendy who lets fly first time and fires a shot wide of the far post.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:39
Early chance for Torres
3 mins: A simple aerial ball into the channel from Man City should get dealt with by Andreas Christensen but he fails to clear the lines. Instead the ball comes to Ferran Torres who injects a bit of pace into proceedings to carry the ball into the right side of Chelsea’s box. Sergio Aguero is waiting as an option but Torres goes it alone and has his shot blocked by a diving Antonio Rudiger.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:35
Timo Werner gets the match underway
Kick off: Can Manchester City tie up the title this evening? We’re about to find out as Chelsea kick off proceedings.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:31
Here come the teams
The two sides head out onto the pitch at the Etihad. Yet another reminder that Man City will win the Premier League title if they win today, Chelsea will move up to third with three points.
Michael Jones8 May 2021 17:28