Manchester City are winless in two matches in all competitions, their worst run this season. They could be as many as 12 points behind Liverpool by the time they host Chelsea and dropping points here is simply not an option for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Chelsea have won their last six matches in the Premier League and have won five in a row away from home in the competition since losing 4-0 at Manchester United on the opening weekend. They are the league’s top scorers on the road this season (18 goals).
City ran out 6-0 winners the last time they hosted Chelsea in the league, though expect a much more difficult game for the home side on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s side have their tails up at the moment but City remain favourites.
Manchester City-Pep Guardiola has plenty to ponder after Manchester City moved nine points behind Liverpool before the international break after a 3-1 defeat to their rivals. The gap could even be 12 if Liverpool beat Crystal Palace before this match.
Rodrigo and David Silva made remarkable recoveries to make the matchday squad against Liverpool and are both expected to start here, while Guardiola will also hope to have Ederson available. Bet Now
Bernardo Silva serves a one-match ban this weekend after admitting a breach of FA rules. His absence should ensure both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez start against Chelsea.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are in competition for a starting berth in attack, though Jesus could also feature from one of the wings.
Angelino was a surprise starter against Liverpool last time out for City and should be replaced at left-back by Benjamin Mendy.
As neither John Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi have convinced of late, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fernandinho and Rodri started at centre-back.
Chelsea –A slight hip injury forced Christian Pulisic to pull out of the USA squad during the international break but Frank Lampard will hope to have him available here.
Jorginho will return to the starting XI after serving a one-match ban before the international break. It will be interesting to see how Lampard fits Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount into the same XI now everyone is available.
Kovacic would usually have dropped out of the team but he has played so well for Chelsea of late. Mount may even push into the front three at the expense of the likes of Pulisic or Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Cesar Azpilicueta will return at right-back on Saturday after dropping out of the team before the break, but there is still some uncertainty who will start at left-back between Emerson and Marcos Alonso.
Man City have won 23 of their last 26 home matches in Premier League.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Man City’s last 13 games (Premier League).
Chelsea have won their last 6 Premier League matches.
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 away matches in Premier League.
Man City have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 away matches (Premier League).
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