Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Simulating FA Cup Grudge Match Using FIFA 14

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

Manchester City's Martin Demichelis, left, and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Manchester City have the perfect opportunity to exact revenge from Chelsea when the English giants meet in a crucial FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manuel Pellegrini's side are yet to recover from the 1-0 loss Jose Mourinho's men inflicted on them on Feb. 3. The following Premier League draw with Norwich suggested this is a team that needs a big result to get back on track, something they can grasp when Chelsea return.

Can the Sky Blues return to form with a win? We let FIFA 14 on the Xbox One decide.


Manchester City vs. Chelsea: FIFA 14 Highlights

3'Confident start from Chelsea, who look to halt Yaya Toure in midfield once again.

5'Willian with the first real chance of the game.

15'Alvaro Negredo strikes the post with a decent effort from just inside the box. The Spanish striker stroked his shot toward goal and relied on curve to beat Petr Cech. While the goalkeeper struggled to make up ground, the frame halted City's progress with a deflection away from danger.

40'City looking the more likely to score, but even without John Terry and Gary Cahill, Chelsea look strong at the back.

HALF-TIME: Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

47'A fast start to the second half sees Willian crowded out in the City box just as he's about to pull the trigger. Jesus Navas launched a quick counterattack after the pass from Vincent Kompany, but he overruns the ball and Cech receives possession.

65'Edin Dzeko climbs above his marker in a decent position, but heads wide. The Bosnia really should bury chances like those. Mohamed Salah replaces Willian, Fernando Torres comes on for Samuel Eto'o.

88'—Drama at the Etihad! Salah, just minutes after coming on, wins it at the death for Chelsea. The Egyptian was afforded room inside the box and coolly slotted beyond Joe Hart. A huge for for Mourinho's team and the new signing!

92'—One last attempt at goal by Negredo. Cech easily catches.

FULL-TIME: Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (Salah)


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Can Chelsea repeat their previous 1-0 win like FIFA 14 predicts? Skybet currently has odds of 80-1 for Salah to score the only goal of the game. If it's anything like our last sim, you should probably put your life savings on this result.

Do you think Mourinho can out-think Pellegrini once again? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.