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16:00: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

  • Sergio Aguero scores first goal of the season to put City ahead.
  • Chelsea fail to muster shot on target in first half.
  • City can go top with two-goal victory at Etihad Stadium.
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Aguero netted at the fifth time of asking to put City ahead. Getty Images

Full time: Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea

Manchester City enhance their status as title favourites with a superb win to ease past champions Chelsea, who fail to win their first two league fixtures for the first time for 17 years. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho netted as the Blues were swatted away. John Terry was substituted for the first time under Jose Mourinho, who will surely be demanding some fresh defensive options ahead of the closing of the transfer window. For what it is worth (and that is very little) City are now five points ahead of Chelsea after two games and return to the summit of the Premier League with one of the three 100% records.

Well after that were back tomorrow with the Monday night game between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth. Until then, goodbye.

Chelsea denied a consolation. Costa hits the post with an outstretched shot and Cuadrado is denied from the follow-up.

Cuadrado tests Hart with a poorly hit near-post effort. City are going to win this at a canter. Chelsea look spent.

Goal: Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea (Fernandinho)

Consider a marker well and truly laid down ahead of the rest of the season as City grab a third. Chelsea get in a mess trying to clear the ball and the ball falls the way of Fernandinho, who lashes the ball beyond Begovic.

Goal: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea (Vincent Kompany)

Chelsea commit the cardinal sin of conceding a goal from a set piece in a tight game and the points after going to Manchester City. Kolarov's corner sees Kompany outmuscle Branislav Ivanovic and head in off the post.

Huge moment in the game as Chelsea go close. The visitors have three-on-three and Diego Costa springs free, cuts back inside and finds Hazard who takes a touch and is denied by Hart. Huge chance for the champions.

Jesus Navas replaced by Samir Nasri for Cty. Around 25 minutes for someone to play a match-winning role in this game. Sergio Aguero currently hogging the headlines.

Juan Cuadrado on for Ramires with over an hour played. We have only seen glimpses of the Colombian since his arrival in the Premier League and how Chelsea could do with his influence now.

Game has become a scrappy encounter in this second half. City create the best opening since the break and Navas finds Toure, whose shot from the pull back is gathered by Begovic.

Terry played every minute of last season league title winning campaign, but is withdrawn half-way through the second game of the season. Interesting to see what Jose Mourinho says about that come the end of the game.

Ball in the net for Chelsea but the offside flag is raised. Hazard clips the ball into Ramires, who toe-pokes the ball beyond Joe Hart by the whistle has gone. Ramires and co. wheel away in celebration and are understandably disappointed when the decision becomes clear.

"A slight pull" is the reason for Terry being withdrawn at the break, according to Sky Sports. Either way, it hasn't changed much as City press for a second and from Kolarov's cross Cahill kicks the ball again Costa and Chelsea survive.

Second half under way at the Etihad Stadium. One change for Chelsea and it sees captain John Terry replaced by Kurt Zouma. No immediate signs of an injury, which means it is a tactically decision. Interesting.

Half time: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

The first half ends under a cloud as Diego Costa has to be separated from confronting Fernandinho, who was guilty of an elbow on the Spaniard before the break. An unpleasant end to a half which City dominated for long periods, but though Sergio Aguero has them ahead they could be left to rue a series of missed chances. Begovic has had to be terrific to keep the Blues in it.

Amid the incidents, City should have doubled their lead when Mangala met a Kolarov free-kick ahead of Begovic, but only headed wide.

Gary Cahill and Diego Costa both suffer head injuries and are being treated on the pitch by Chelsea's new medical team. The Manchester City fans take this as an opportunity to ridicule Jose Mourinho, who of course has tinkered with his backroom team this week. Not a great moment for everyone involved.

A glimmer of encouragement from Chelsea. A sustained period of possession ends with Fabregas shooting wide from 20 yards.

Goal: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea (Sergio Aguero)

A huge understatement that this has been coming. City ahead through Sergio Aguero after some neat interplay first between Silva and Toure and then between the Argentine and Toure. Aguero turns inside Cahill and tucks the ball beyond Begovic.

How are City not ahead? Sergio Aguero could have had four and he spurns probably his best chance as Kolarov's cross is ducked under by John Terry but he is unable to turn the ball home, instead sliding it wide.

Aguero denied again. The Argentine receives the ball from Kolarov, spins away from Cahill and before Terry can get a block in he shoots goalwards and Begovic makes a good save. A minute later Navas feeds Aguero, and the Chelsea 'keeper makes another good low stop.

First chance for City inside the first minutes as Silva slips Aguero through and Begovic makes a god low save to keep out the Argentine.

Teams are out and we're ready to go at the Etihad Stadium, whose south stand looks resplendent.

Apart from the first citing of Raheem Sterling in City blue, there is another new addition at the Etihad Stadium to feast upon. The south stand has been given a refurbish, had its capacity increased by 6,000 and brings today's possible attendance towards 55,000. If so, that would be City's biggest for four decades.

Some notable changes for both of these title contenders from their opening matches. There is just one for Manchester City and it sees Sergio Aguero replace Wilfried Bony in attack. Raheem Sterling makes his home debut.

For Chelsea, there are two enforced changes. Asmir Begovic replaces the suspended Thiabut Courtois, while Ramires come in for injured Brazil counterpart Oscar. Jamal Blackman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are on the bench.


Manchester City v Chelsea

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

After a week where the attention has been on anything but, thank goodness for football? The off-the-field furore surrounding Eva Carneiro, and some of the irresponsible reporting which has followed since, has worked to overshadow this game which sees the Premier League top two collide at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City's win at West Brom has seen them installed as title favourites after just one game, as Chelsea stumbled to a 2-2 draw with Swansea. Neither team can win the title, let alone lose it, this afternoon but a victory would send a strong message to the team which is expected to be their closest challenger for the championship. Team news on the way.