City’s youngsters will be full of confidence after they did what the senior side couldn’t, ripping apart Bayern Munich in emphatic style as they ran out 6-0 winners.
Chelsea will also feel very positive heading into the clash after they pulled off a solid 4-0 against Steaua Bucharest as they continued their good start to the UYL in its first season.
Attention for both teams will now switch back to domestic football and repairing what has been a bad start to the Under-21 Premier League for both sides.
Chelsea find themselves just inside the top half of the table, frustrated by their recent form which has seen three wins in a row sandwiched in between two defeats.
Their record of three wins and two defeats is surprising when considering they have an almost replica set of stats to Sunderland, the side currently heading the top of the table.
Fortunately for the Blues, their two main strikers are both in good form with Isaiah Brown on four goals from five matches this season and Islam Feruz just behind on three goals from five games.
For City, it’s been a far worse story. They are 17th in the table and have only managed to win one league game this season.
They have won just one match in their last five so the aim has to be to get some points on the board and start finding some consistency which appears to be missing from the current side.
The problem has been the attack, with the defence conceding just one more goal than Sunderland, Tottenham and Wolves all inside the top six.
The emphatic manner with which City destroyed Bayern Munich will give them confidence that they can add to their eight goals scored so far.
There’s no clear threat in Patrick Vieira’s team with Albert Rusnak and Marco Lopes both on two goals and Adam Drury, Harry Bunn and George Glendon all on a single strike.
Both sides concede a lot of goals and their attacks are in form following the latest round of UYL matches. Don’t expect this to be a narrow 1-0 win either way although that result would suit either side perfectly.
Which way do you see this one going?
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