Manchester City or Chelsea? The Sportsmail experts give their verdict on the Champions League final

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Manchester City or Chelsea? The all-English Champions League final in Porto promises to be an exciting affair, but who will come out on top? Sportsmail experts, including MARTIN KEOWN and CHRIS SUTTON, give their verdict

  • Chelsea and Manchester City will compete against each other in the Champions League final
  • The English battle in Porto could be an exciting affair, with both sides looking glorious
  • Sportsmail experts have their say on who will be victorious in Saturday’s final

It’s almost here. The all-English Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea kicks off on Saturday and it promises to be an exciting affair as both sides prepare for their showdown in Porto.

Manchester City already have two trophies in their pocket after securing the Premier League title and the Carabao Cup this season, but are desperate for their first-ever victory in the competition.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are keen to end their up-and-down campaign with some silverware after finishing fourth in the league, but know they’ll take on Pep Guardiola’s side right away.

But who comes out best? Sportsmails experts have had their say.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s Man City face off in Saturday’s English Champions League final

IAN LADYMAN

Logic says City will win, but I feel like an upset is ahead. Anyone who beats Pep Guardiola’s team will have to score more than once, so I’m going for 2-2 in 90 minutes and a winner for Chelsea in extra time.

VERDICT: Man City 2-3 Chelsea (AET)

MATTE BARLOW

City are the best team in England and brimming with confidence, but Chelsea grasp the opportunity on these big European nights and thrive as underdogs in a tight final.

VERDICT: Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea could cause a big surprise - the Blues know how to win on the big occasion

Chelsea could cause a big surprise – the Blues know how to win on the big occasion

Thomas Tuchel's men have already beaten City twice and will have the mental advantage

Thomas Tuchel’s men have already beaten City twice and will have the mental advantage

JACK GAUGHAN

Pep Guardiola’s game plans in the knockout rounds are pleasing to the eye: the squad looks relaxed and ready to follow their manager’s instructions.

VERDICT: Man City 2-1 Chelsea

SAMI MUGS

Chelsea have hit bad form at the wrong time and City is not the side to face if you don’t play well.

Chelsea have beaten City twice this season, but they are not scoring much and that will hurt them in the end.

VERDICT: Man City 2-1 Chelsea

CHRIS SUTTON

Those two recent defeats against Chelsea in the FA Cup and Premier League count for nothing on Saturday.

City will play their A team instead of their B team, and it should be too much for their opponents on this occasion.

VERDICT: Man City 2-1 Chelsea

But Chelsea are in a tacky patch and this City side is not the team you want to play at the moment

But Chelsea are in a tacky patch and this City side is not the team you want to play at the moment

City seems relaxed for this confrontation and ready to obey the manager's instructions

City seems relaxed for this confrontation and ready to obey the manager’s instructions

MARTIN KEOWN

Pep Guardiola is in his fifth year as City manager and he is one win by getting the trophy he wants most. They’ve made it to the finals with their false nine system and I see his team finish the job.

VERDICT: Man City 2-0 Chelsea

DOMINIC KING

Pep Guardiola’s remarkable record in the final is no fluke. He has been building towards this moment for five years now. Expect an impressive display from City.

VERDICT: Man City 3-1 Chelsea

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