Ahead of Chelsea’s second game of the season, we preview their clash with title rivals Manchester City on Sunday (4pm GMT KO).
The Blues will look to bounce back after a somewhat disappointing 2-2 opening day draw at home to Swansea, the aftermath of which has overshadowed the week – John Fearn and Eva Carneiro, two of Chelsea’s doctors, will not be joining the away contingent on Sunday at the Etihad.
City on the other hand will look to make a statement of intent by beating the team that took the title from them last season, after cruising to a 0-3 win at West Brom on Monday night.
Last six games:
Manchester City: WDLWLW (including friendlies)
Chelsea: LWWLLD (including friendlies)
– Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was sent off against Swansea last Sunday. Asmir Begovic is to replace him.
– Oscar is out after picking up an injury in training.
– Gael Clichy could return after recovering from an ankle injury.
– Fabian Delph and Fernando are both out.
– Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four against City (won two, drawn two).
– Manchester City have won their last seven Premier League games – they have kept six clean sheets in that period.
– The last time Chelsea didn’t win their opening two Premier League games was in 1998.
– Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in their last six games.
– City completed 693 passes against West Brom on Monday night – 212 more than any other Premier League side on the opening weekend.
Starting XI last time out:
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Bony.
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.