Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Premier League – Match Preview

Champions Manchester City know victory over Chelsea on Sunday will ensure they head into the international break as league leaders.

Chelsea recovered from an early goal to inflict a first defeat on Tottenham this season, winning 4-1 in an incredible fixture.

Spurs had two men sent off and suffered two injuries, with Nicolas Jackson scoring a second half hat-trick, exposing Tottenham’s high line.

Manchester City thrashed Bournemouth 6-1 last weekend, with Jeremy Doku scoring one and assisting four of the goals.

A comfortable 3-0 win at home to Young Boys midweek ensured their qualification from a favourable Champions League group.

Premier League form: Chelsea W3 D1 L1; Manchester City W3 D0 L2
Premier League top scorers
Chelsea – Nicolas Jackson 5 goals
Manchester City – Erling Haaland 11 goals

Match history
Manchester City won both league matches 1-0 last season on route to the title, with Riyad Mahrez scoring the winner at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City have a very good recent record against the Blues and have won the last six meetings in all competitions between the two.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0 – 21/05/23
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1 – 05/01/23
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0 – 15/01/22
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1 – 25/09/21
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 2 – 08/05/21

Team news
Chelsea will likely name the same XI that beat Tottenham, meaning Reece James will start consecutive Premier League matches.

Jackson who bagged the hat-trick on Monday is probably most at risk, with Mykhailo Mudryk a potential replacement.

Manchester City have a few defensive injury issues, with both John Stones and Manuel Akanji likely to miss out.

Phil Foden didn’t start the last league game and may well be among the substitutes here.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (4-3-3): Sanchez; James, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Silva, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland


Result: Manchester City
Chelsea are slowly improving under Mauricio Pochettino, but they are still well behind the champions

Correct Score: 0-1
Manchester City have won the last four league meetings against Chelsea by one goal to nil

Anytime Goalscorer: Erling Haaland
One of few sides he hasn’t scored against yet, so Sunday seems a good bet for him to end that record

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