Everything You Need to Know About The Match Between Manchester City And Chelsea

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Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up between Chelsea vs Man City

Chelsea face Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday in a match that will have a considerable impact on the Premier League title race, with only one point between the sides at the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola’s City side sit behind Chelsea in third, with Liverpool second, while Antonio Conte’s men set the pace in the English top flight after a seven-game winning streak continued against Tottenham last weekend.   Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero are two of the favourites to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot award and are likely to be decisive for their respective teams on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne will also be out to make an impact as he faces his former club.

 INJURIES

Conte will be without John Terry, who is suffering from a glute injury which will keep him out for a number of weeks, as the Blues boss confirmed last weekend. John Obi Mikel was also said to have had a muscular injury last week, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been struggling for match time for both club and country having picked up a niggling back problem. Meanwhile, Chelsea welcomed back Willian from injury against Tottenham, and Cesc Fabregas has been available for selection without being picked for the past two weeks having recovered from a thigh injury.  Kurt Zouma is in line to make his first Chelsea start since his anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester United in February.  The France international has been playing for Chelsea Under-23s in recent weeks, but was left out against Feyenoord on Tuesday and could make the bench in Manchester.

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Vincent Kompany will miss Chelsea’s visit and is out for four-to-six weeks with a medial ligament injury. Raheem Sterling walked off the pitch against Burnley with an injury last weekend but is expected to recover in time, while Fabian Delph is City’s only other doubt.

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SUSPENSIONS

Costa has been one yellow card away from a suspension since he was booked against Arsenal in September, but has since cleaned up his discipline record to remain available. He will earn a suspension for Chelsea’s match against West Brom if booked.  Chelsea have no other players walking a disciplinary tightrope, but have David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta both on three bookings. Should the Chelsea squad reach 2017 without picking up another caution, they will avoid suspensions for yellow card accumulation.

Nicolás Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov will be suspended for City’s next game away to Leicester City should they pick up bookings against Chelsea.

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MAN CITY DOSSIER

City have won their last two Premier League games, while they also earned an impressive draw away to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League in recent weeks.

BEST MATCH FACTS

  • Chelsea have collected just two points from their last four league games against City (D2 L2), which is their current longest winless streak against them in the competition’s history (four games).
  • Sergio Aguero has scored four times in his last two Premier League games against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in his last league meeting against the Blues.
  • Diego Costa has the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in Premier League history (min. 10 scored), averaging one every 134 minutes.
  • Manchester City have won their last two Premier League meetings with Chelsea, while they haven’t won three in succession against the Blues since the 2010/11 season.
  • Chelsea have collected just two points from their last four league games against City (D2 L2), which is their current longest winless streak against them in the competition’s history (four games).
  • Pep Guardiola could become just the second Manchester City manager in the Premier League era to win his first meeting with Chelsea, following Roberto Mancini in 2009/10 (the Italian is the only one among Man City’s previous 10 managers in the competition to have done so).
  • Chelsea have won 11 games away at Manchester City in the Premier League; their most against a team away from home in the competition’s history.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored four times in his last two Premier League games against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in his last league meeting against the Blues.
  • Antonio Conte is the first Chelsea manager to win seven consecutive Premier League games within a single season since Jose Mourinho (nine wins in 2006/07).
  • Premier League players wearing the number 10 shirt have been responsible for the most goals this season (58); with Sergio Aguero (10 goals) and Eden Hazard (7) contributing 29% of that total.
  • Chelsea are the only Premier League side yet to score or concede a headed goal this season.
  • Manchester City have kept just two clean sheets in their 13 Premier League games under Pep Guardiola; only three sides have kept fewer shutouts so far this term.
  • Diego Costa has the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in Premier League history (min. 10 scored), averaging one every 134 minutes.
  • Costa has only failed to score or assist a goal in two of his 13 Premier League appearances this season – versus Man Utd at home and Arsenal away. He has been involved in a goal in each of his other 11 PL apps in 2016-17.
  • Chelsea; who have named an unchanged line-up for six matches in a row, have made fewer changes to their starting XI than any other top-flight side this season (7), while Man City have made a league-high 40 changes overall.

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