Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Without a doubt the most interesting tie of the FA Cup fifth round will see Premier League holders Chelsea play host to title-chasing Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. This season has been pretty disappointing for both sides, but the Blues appear to be going through a good moment, despite the fact that their 12-match unbeaten run came to an end at Parc des Princes. Guus Hiddink's men proved they had overcome the most difficult period and there will be plenty of positives to be taken from the PSG game. Meanwhile, Manchester City are largely struggling at the moment, with back to back home defeats to title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur all but ending their Premier League title hopes. Taking also into account numerous injuries to first team players, poor form of their key men and busy schedule, we have reason to doubt that the Citizens will end the barren run at Stamford Bridge.
Highlighted Player (Samir Nasri):
Samir Nasri is a French footballer who plays for Manchester City. The former Arsenal man used to play for Marseille in the past and he began his youth career at Pennes Mirabeau in 1995. Nasri is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. The France international was born on 26 June, 1987 in Septemes-les-Vallons, the suburbs of Marseille. He is 175 cm tall and it has to be noted that his parents are Algerian. Samir Nasri has won two Premier League trophies with Manchester City, but he was not as successful during his spell with Arsenal. It is well known that Arsenal fans were angry with Nasri when he signed a four-year contract with Manchester City in 2011. The transfer fee was in the region of £25 million. The French footballer has 41 caps for the national team, but he retired from international football on 9 August, 2014.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.