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Manchester City celebrate yet another goal. Reuters

Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Monday in the most crucial game of the Premier League season so far.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is for 8 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Manchester City will look to go back on top of the table with a win over Chelsea after Arsenal's win at the weekend over Crystal Palace. City have been on an amazing run thus far, unbeaten in their last 19 games in all competitions and have won every game in the league since drawing 1-1 against Southampton. They have won their last eight games in the league and have taken their goals tally to 68, more than anyone else in the division.

City have also won all their games against the top five at the Etihad, beating the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United comprehensively and will be confident against Jose Mourinho's side who recently played out a goalless draw against West Ham.

However Chelsea are unlikely to be pessimistic given they have already beaten Manchester City at home 2-1, with Fernando Torres scoring the winning goal for the Blues. Mourinho was unbeaten in January and a win here would see them go level with City in the league and heighten their chances of pipping the east Manchester millionaires to the title.

The Blues will be without Torres, who is out with a knee problem, and may include new signing Mohamed Salah on the bench after hijacking Liverpool's deal for the midfielder.

What the Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: I don't know which way Chelsea will play on Monday. They have a style of play, maybe it's not the same style that I like, but everyone can play the way they want. I never criticise what other teams do. I think it is very important for every team to resolve the problem that they have every match.

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea try to win every game. We are not going to change our philosophy. We are going in a certain direction and just because we are playing a certain opponent doesn't mean we are going to change that.

Form Guide

Manchester City

  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): D W W W W
  • Last Result: Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

Team News

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Agüero (hamstring), James Milner (groin), Samir Nasri (knee), Javi Garcia (unspecified)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up:Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Silva, Jovetic, Navas; Negredo.


  • Injured: Fernando Torres, Marco Van Ginkel (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.