Premier League defending champions Chelsea will host their strong title contenders Manchester City on Saturday which is expected to be a nail biting contest as both managers Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola will fight for supremacy here at the Stamford Bridge. With four wins and two draws, Antonio Conte‘s Chelsea tasted defeat only in one of their last 7 encounters with Manchester City at home.

The visitors on the other hand, lost both of their league games against the London club since Pep Guardiola took in charge last season. As a manager with exceptional spells with clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep has faced the London club 7 times and with 4 Draws and 3 loses, his first win against blues is still awaited. In their last six games, the Citizens managed to find the net 21 times in the Premier League as they are only two teams who have performed better than them in terms of scoring goals which includes the like of Newcastle United and their derby rivals Manchester United.

Team news    

Chelsea

Star midfielder Eden Hazard will be making his present felt as he is expected to start in the Premier League for the first time. “I’m pleased because, after a bad injury, now he’s fit. He’s in good form. His season is starting. I think this season has started for him with a big game against Atletico Madrid, and now he has to show this season that he deserves to stay at the top with the best, ” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was quoted as saying. David Luiz has completed his 3-match suspension after his sending off against Arsenal. The only doubt is their latest signing from Leicester, midfielder Danny Drinkwater. 

Manchester City

Coming as a major blow to the visitors, Sergio Aguero is a big loss for Guardiola’ s side as he his already making headlines since Thursday after sustaining rib injuries in an unfortunate car crash. “I don’t know what the supporters think. Some of them can be upset, some not. At the end it’s fortunate the injury is not bad. He is healthy. Accidents happen, City manager Pep Guardiola was quoted as saying. Their last week 5-0 bashing of Crystal Place saw Left-back Benjamin Mendy witnessing an anterior curiae ligament, while their captain Vincent Kompany is also ruled out as he is still recovering from a calf injury.

Players to watch to keep an eye on

Chelsea: Hazard, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Pedro and Cahill. 

Manchester City: Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva, Walker, Stones and Otamendi.

Match starts at: The game will begin tonight at 22:00 PM IST at Stamford Bridge.

How to watch Chelsea vs Manchester City

The match will have live broadcast on the Star network in India.

Online – Online streaming is available on Hotstar. 

Provisional squad update: 

Manchester City: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mangala, Danilo, Delph, Toure, Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Jesus. 

Chelsea: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.

First Published | 30 September 2017 8:03 PM
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