Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea vs Manchester City

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England, FA Cup, 1/8 – Final

17 April 2021 – 20:30


Manchester City


Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to face each other in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The Blues reached the semis after celebrating a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, while City beat Everton with a 2-0 score.

Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.

“Both of these teams are in the Champions League semi-finals, and they will be hoping they meet again in the final of that competition, in Istanbul on 29 May.

“Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will treat this tie exactly the same as he would if they were meeting in Europe – first and foremost he will make sure his side are not open, and then he will try to hit City on the break.

“I can’t see Tuchel just going for it on Saturday, put it that way. It is not in his DNA.

“But I don’t think his game plan will work. City are going to have so much of the ball that they will create chances.

“If Pep Guardiola’s side score the first goal then that could be curtains for Chelsea. I wouldn’t say the same applies if Chelsea score first though.

“City had to work hard to get past Everton in the sixth round, but they found a way through in the end. This will be a similar story.”

Lawrenson’s score prediction: 0-2 


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