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BRIGHTON HOVE&ALBION 3-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – Two goals in two minutes from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy put Brighton Hove&Albion in front in the first half, before Romelu Lukaku reduced the gap for Manchester United with a header from a close-range. Then Pascal Groß converted a penalty to put the Seagulls in control at halftime.

A stoppage-time penalty scored by Paul Pogba was not enough for a late comeback and Josè Mourinho’s men suffer their second defeat in a row at the Amex Stadium (following the 1-0 defeat in the 2017/18 season).

MANCHESTER CITY 6-1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Three goals from Sergio Aguero led the Citizens to their second consecutive Premier League win after beating Huddersfield Town in style last night. The Argentinian star was clinical as he exploited properly an assist from goalkeeper Ederson in the 25th minute, when Pep Guardiola’s men took the lead at the Etihad Stadium. El Kun and Gabriel Jesus made it easier for Man City, who ended the first half with a 3-1 score.

David Silva canceled out Stankovic’s late-goal in the first half after curling a wonderful free-kick past Hamer in the 47th minute. Then Aguero’s third goal and an unfortunate own-goal from Kongolo secured a 6-1 win at home.

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Premier League winners Manchester City face FA Cup champions Chelsea in the Community Shield today. Here’s how both teams are expected to start:

Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Morata

Subs: Bulka, Christensen, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Moses, Willian, Abraham

Manchester CityBravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Ederson, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Diaz, Gomes

HT – CHELSEA 0-1 MAN CITY – Sergio Aguero scores a vital goal for Pep Guardiola‘s men in the 13rd minute. Chelsea struggling to go forward in a tough first period at Wembley. Man City also went close to double the score with Leroy Sané following a sloppy pass in midfield from latest Chelsea signing Jorginho.

FT – CHELSEA 0-2 MAN CITY The Argentina striker, who had two massive chances to score earlier in the second half, put the ball past Caballero following a mistake from Hudson-Odoi, well exploited by Stones, Gundogan and David Silva through a brilliant build-up. The current Premier League champions were dominant also in the second half, with Chelsea going close to scoring just in the 89th minute, when Ross Barkley fed Tammy Abraham, who collided with Man City keeper Bravo.

Chelsea fail to lift the Community Shield for the fifth consecutive appearance (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018).

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Manchester City hosted Chelsea in a top of the table mouth watering clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City headed into the clash haven’t not one a home game since september,but momentum was with Antonio Conte‘s men who came into this fixture at the back of seven straight wins. There was the surprise inclusion of Cesc Fabregas who haven’t starred for Antonio after the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.

Pedro Chelsea

 

But Manchester City bossed early proceedings and controlled the middle of the pack and went into the lead courtesy of a Gary Cahill own goal just before half time. But Antonio Conte’s men wouldn’t back down after going into the game as favorites,and they didn’t disappoint as Fabregas who hadn’t seen much of the ball in the first half found Diego Costa with a sublime pass which the Chelsea striker coolly controlled while brushing Nicholas Otamendi apart to finish off nicely.

Numerous chances fell to Pep Guardiola‘s side with Sergio Aguero going close and Kevin De Brunye “doing a Torres”, missing an open goal from five yards. Pep Guardiola would have been left unimpressed as his side failed to be clinical in front of goal as the Diego Costa goal sparked a Chelsea revival as Pedro who has been instrumental for Chelsea was brought off for Willian and Antonio Conte’s sub paid of with the Brazilian lashing out onto a lay off by Diego Costa to put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Man City pressed high to get an equalizer but were left exposed at the back as Marcos Alonso found Eden Hazard with a long ball and the Belgian punished the City defense putting Chelsea 3-1 up.

But the game was marred by violence during the closing stages as Sergio Aguero lunged into a challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho was involved in an altercation with Cesc Fabregas which resulted in both players being sent off. Antonio Conte’s men go top of the table with 4 points away from their closest rivals,and this win made it eight on the bounce for the Blues.

Chelsea Diego Costa

Chelsea (3-4-3): CourtoisAzpilicuetaDavid LuizCahill (c); Moses, KanteFabregas, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 49), Diego Costa (Chalobah 80), Hazard.
Unused subs: BegovicAinaIvanovicOscar, Batshuayi
Scorers 
Diego Costa 60, Willian 69
Booked 
Kante 49, Chalobah 90+5

Manchester City (3-4-3): Bravo; Otamendi, Stones (Iheanacho 78), Kolarov; Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Toure 76), Sane (Clichy 69); Silva (c), Aguero, De Bruyne.
Unused subs: Cabalero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Toure
Scorers Cahill (own-goal) 45
Booked 
Otamendi 17, Navas 81
Sent off Aguero 90+6, Fernandinho 90+6

Referee Anthony Taylor

 

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Chelsea

Diego Costa returns after and is seen as the favorite to feature against Citizens;

Eden Hazard, John Terry, Loic Remy and Nemanja Matic are injured, while Gary Cahill and Willian is still a doubt;

Thibaut Courtois is expected to return to the starting line-up as a substitute for Begovic.

Manchester City

Raheem Sterling is the only worry for Manuel Pellegrini;

Vincent Kompany may not be risked as he is short on fitness.

Yaya Toure remains a doubt after the Ivorian was named in the bench for the mid-week Champions League clash against PSG.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

CHELSEA – Courtois (Begovic), Baba, Miazga, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Diego Costa.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

MANCHESTER CITY – Hart, Clichy, Otamendi, Mangala, Zabaleta, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva, Navas, De Bruyne, Aguero

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

 

 

 

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