Premier League leaders Chelsea and third-placed Man City will fight it out in the weekend, where the winner could claim the league summit.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last two EPL meetings with Chelsea, both at a 3-0 result. While Chelsea beat them 5-1 in a FA Cup fifth round game in February, the visitors were fielding a weakened side.
However, the Manchester side hasn’t won three in succession against the Blues since the 2010/11 season.
City would also have to wait to determine if Raheem Sterling is fit to play, after being forced off in the win against Burnley after suffering a knock. Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan could earn recalls to the starting line-up after being rested during their League Cup fixture mid-week.
Chelsea on the other hand have collected just two points from their last four league games against City (D2, L2), which is their longest winless streak against them in the competition’s history (four games). They have now lost six of their last eight games away to Manchester City in league and cup, with their only win coming courtesy of a Branislav Ivanovic strike in February 2014.
But a record that holds to their advantage is that Chelsea has won 11 games away at Manchester City in the Premier League – their highest total against a particular team in the competition’s history.
Blues manager Antonio Conte may name an unchanged side for a seventh consecutive league game. John Terry remains sidelined while Mikel John Obi’s muscular problem will be assessed.
Manchester City 2 -1 Chelsea