Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night as they overcame Everton 2-0, however they may start this clash in second depending on the outcome of Liverpool’s welcome of Bournemouth on Saturday.
That being said, City are only top on goal difference, while the Reds have a game in hand on their title contenders.
Chelsea breezed past Huddersfield last weekend, but they have lost their last three away games in all competitions, succumbing to defeat at Tottenham, Arsenal and Bournemouth since the turn of the year.
They’ve also won only one of their last five visits to the Etihad Stadium, though won the reverse fixture 2-0 as goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ruined City’s chances of an unbeaten season.
City look set to add to Chelsea’s recent away woes and exact revenge on the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. The result should move the champions back to the top of the table, unless Liverpool can make up a seven-goal difference between the pair this weekend.
Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is again without Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany for the welcome of Chelsea.
Benjamin Mendy is a doubt with a ongoing knee complaint, though Guardiola will hope to have him fit to at least make the squad here.
The City boss should bring Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling into the XI that started the midweek 2-0 win at Everton, with Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva the players to drop out.
Chelsea- Maurizio Sarri has no injury issues ahead of Chelsea’s visit to defending champions Manchester City.
The Italian could bring Antonio Rudiger back into the side at the expense of Andreas Christensen, it what would be his only change from the XI that started the 5-0 win over Huddersfield.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 14 home matches (Premier League).
Man City have won 13 of their last 14 home matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 9 home games (Premier League).
Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in 9 of their last 11 home matches (Premier League).
Man City have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
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