Predicted Chelsea XI vs Manchester City: Nkunku starts in 4-2-3-1 formation

Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City who find themselves in an unusual position on the points table. Pep Guardiola will not want to waste any time in regaining the top spot and having Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland at his disposal will only bolster his chances in doing so. The West Londeners will have to be at the peak of their powers and ensure that their players are firing on all cylinders if they plan to take anything home from this game.
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1. Goalkeeper - Djordje Petrovic (Serbia)

Petrovic consistently exceeds expectations and is proving to be one of our best signings over the last few seasons. In spite of being the third youngest goalkeeper in the league, he doesn't look out of place at all and will be decisive against City's potent attack.

2. Right Back - Malo Gusto (France)

In the absence of our skipper, Malo Gusto has proved to be an invaluable asset. The 19 year old has been underwhelming occasionally but with the amount of play time he's getting, he'll mature in no time.

3. Centre Back - Axel Disasi (France)

2024 has been bright for the Frenchman. Disasi has looked solid alongside Silva and has also managed to contribute to the attack ever so often. And with Badiashile out for another month, Disasi's spot in the playing XI is pretty much cemented.

4. Centre Back - Levi Colwill (England)

Thiago Silva would have been vital against Guardiola's attackers but the veteran seemed to have picked up a minor injury. Levi Colwill will have to step up and ensure that the supporters dont feel the void.

5. Left Back - Ben Chilwell (England)

Ben Chilwell has been ramping up momentum and should be up for the challenge. On his return, he found it tough to cope with his defensive duties but he looked rather relaxed in the last game.

6. Central Midfield - Moises Caicedo (Ecuador)

Caicedo has been one of the most underrated players at the club over the last few months. In spite of being positioned in an unfavorable tactical setup, he's been leaving nothing on the table and the game against the Eagles was another example of the same.

7. Central Midfield - Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)

The Argentina International has scored Chelsea's goal of the season this month and will be exerting his utmost to ensure that the Blues leave the Etihad Stadium with all the three points.

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8. Central Attacking Midfield - Conor Gallagher (England)

After scoring a match-winning brace to lead Chelsea's comeback in the last game, Gallagher's contract extension is in the news again. If he keeps the ball rolling, his time at the club will not come an end in 2025 for sure.

9. Right Wing - Cole Palmer (England)

Pochettino has been exploring Palmer's versatility but with Christopher Nkunku back and raring to go, he could move the young English International back to his natural position. When playing on the right wing, Palmer has managed to hit the nail on the head on almost every occasion.

10. Left Wing - Nicolas Jackson (Senegal)

Since returning from AFCON, Nicolas Jackson has brought unreal flexibility to the playing XI. He has looked lethal when operating from the left and can also help the side switch to a 4-4-2 when required. He'll definitely be one of the first names on Pochettino's team sheet.

11. Centre Forward - Christopher Nkunku (France)

Christopher Nkunku has already displayed glimpses of the quality he posseses. If the boys manage to keep him involved and not leave him isolated up top, facing Guardiola's Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium will not feel like an uphill battle.

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