Sergio Aguero
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is back to full fitness and is likely to start against Chelsea on Sunday.Getty Images

Premier League champions Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, 16 August.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 4pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Live Radio coverage will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the match on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.

Overview

The reigning Premier League champions travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on one of the main title contenders in the second week of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Manchester City are in a buoyant mood following a comfortable victory over West Bromwich Albion in the opening game of their league campaign. To the delight of the club and the fans, Yaya Toure looked to be back to his old self, which is not good news for their opponents, as he single-handedly destroyed the Baggies with two of the three goals in a 3-0 win.

Manuel Pellegrini will have the services of last season's top scorer Sergio Aguero, who will make the attack that consists of Sterling, Silva and Navas a potent threat to Chelsea's backline.

Chelsea come into the game following a disappointing draw against Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign. Moreover, they will be without Thibaut Courtois, who is under suspension after being sent off during their clash against the south Wales team.

Apart from their on-field troubles, the club is mired in controversy off it, following the dismissal of first-team doctor Eva Carneiro from the Chelsea dugout.

Jose Mourinho, despite saying that the clash between the two title contenders is not very important, will want his team to get back to winning ways at the earliest.

What Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "Maybe this is not the best moment for such an important game but it is the same for both teams. No one has an advantage, except we have home advantage. We cannot be thinking about winning the title in the second game of the season but we must remember the importance of picking up as many points as we can at home."

Jose Mourinho: "I cannot say it's crucial, it's decisive, or it's very, very important. But it is two title contenders, and three points.The season is very long. Thirty-eight matches is an eternity, a marathon which started last week and ends in around 10 months. If you can get three points and your opponent zero it is important. But for sure I am not going to say the game decides anything for the winner or anything for the loser."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Manchester City to win: 10/9
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Chelsea to win: 25/9

Team News

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Navas, Sterling; Aguero.

Chelsea

Possible XI: Begovic; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Moses, Hazard, Willian; Costa.