Sunday, February 21, 2016

FA Cup:Mikel,Iheanacho on collision course

Two proud clubs will be facing each other today with both hoping to redeem themselves after losing their previous games. Chelsea will be hosting Manchester City, looking forward to getting back on
the winning track after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of French club Paris Saint-Germain in Paris for the Champions League. However, today’s match will be a lot more challenging for Chelsea who will be missing team captain John Terry due to a hamstring injury. Manchester City, on the other hand, has been struggling as of late with a couple of losses to Tottenham and Leicester City. While the defeat to Tottenham wasn’t really surprising considering that the club is also a title contender, the one against Leicester City at home is a cause for alarm. Incidentally, two Super Eagles players, John Obi Mikel and Kelechi Iheanacho who scored solitary goals for Chelsea and Manchester City in their defeats to Tottenham and Paris Saint Germain will feature for the two Premier League giants in today’s encounter. Considering the mediocre play of both clubs the last time out, this tie is actually a toss-up. Manchester City won six of the last 11 games against Chelsea, which means they are out today hoping to maintain that streak. However, Chelsea is also trying to maintain its own streak of winning 24 and losing only one in their last 29 FA Cup games in Stamford Bridge. City, the 2014 Premier League titleholders will need to regroup the soonest possible time. The good thing going for them though is that skipper Vincent Kompany is expected to play. There is a good chance that Oscar, after achieving full recovery from a calf injury, will start for Chelsea and Eden Hazard will step aside. Also, Nemanja Matic is finally eligible to play after the European suspension, while Kurt Zouma isn’t expected to be back in action anytime soon with his knee injury, and Radamel Falcao is likewise out with the thigh injury.

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