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Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Team News, Preview Featured

Written by  Saturday, 30 September 2017 08:44
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Chelsea welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League’s standout fixture of the weekend.

A win for Antonio Conte's side would move them level on points with the visitors, in what will be both teams' final fixture before the international break.
Team News

Chelsea go into the game with few injury problems; only Danny Drinkwater is sidelined and not expected back until October, per BBC Sport.
Manager Antonio Conte may make changes, however, with his side having been in Spain in midweek to take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City will be without defender Benjamin Mendy after the club confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and is to undergo surgery.

Danilo could come in to replace Mendy, although manager Pep Guardiola could switch formation and use Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling as a wing-back.

However, that looks unlikely as both forwards are in excellent form attacking-wise, having scored against both Crystal Palace last weekend and Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.

City are likely to be without Sergio Aguero following reports of him being involved in a car accident in Amsterdam that could rule him out for a couple of months, per ESPN:
Preview

This is a huge clash at the top of the table that pits two in-form teams against each other and will test the title credentials of both sides.

City head to west London having scored 16 goals without reply in their last three Premier League matches.
Chelsea are also on a good run, having beaten Stoke City 4-0 last time out, with Alvaro Morata again proving what a superb buy he has been with a hat-trick.
Chelsea may also be able to call on Eden Hazard, who is yet to start in the Premier League this season, per WhoScored.com.

Conte will surely want to have the Belgian's creativity and ability to go past players against City, particularly with Morata in such red-hot form.

The two teams look well-matched ahead of the game, but Chelsea will need to find an answer to City's in-form forwards if they are to get anything out of the game.

 

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