PREVIEW – Man City vs. Chelsea

PREVIEW – Man City vs. Chelsea

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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)

 

Team News:

– 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.

 

Statistics:

– 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.