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Manchester City vs Chelsea preview

Manchester City are only 5 games away from securing the Premier League as they head into a exciting battle against Chelsea today.

Chelsea face champions-elect Manchester City on Sunday, aware that Pep Guardiola’s side are almost certain to win their fifth top-flight league title this term.

City are unbeaten in their previous 26 home league games,since a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea in 2016, which was the catalyst result for the Blues to go on to win the title.

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Manchester City

Kyle Walker could miss out for Manchester City with a niggling calf problem.

The England full-back had to limp  out of Thursday’s 3-0 win at Arsenal and is now a doubt for Chelsea’s visit.

Raheem Sterling could also be absent as he overcomes a muscular problem, with Fernandinho (hamstring) and Benjamin Mendy (knee) definitely out and Fabian Delph banned.

                City Predicted XI(Goal.com)

Chelsea

Midfielder Ross Barkley could return to the Chelsea match-day squad.

Barkley has returned to training following a hamstring injury and head coach Antonio Conte is yet to decide whether or not to select the former Everton forward on the bench.

Defenders David Luiz (ankle) and Ethan Ampadu (hamstring) and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (undisclosed) are out.

Chelsea Predicted XI (Goal.com)

Opta match facts

  • Manchester City won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in September – they’ve done the Premier League double over Chelsea twice before; in 2009-10 when Chelsea won the title, and in 2015-16 when Chelsea were reigning champions.
  • Chelsea won this fixture 3-1 last season, but haven’t won back-to- back league games at the Etihad Stadium since a run of four wins between 2005 and 2008.
  • Man City have won their last 13 Premier League home games, netting at least twice each time. The Premier League record for scoring more than once in consecutive home games is 14, by Liverpool in the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Chelsea have lost three of their last four Premier League games – as many as they had in their previous 23 in the competition.
  • The Blues have won their last three Premier League away games against sides starting that day top of the table, most recently a 3-1 victory at Man City in December 2016.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • Eden Hazard has had a hand in eight goals in his last seven games against Manchester City in all competitions (4 goals, 4 assists).

 

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