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League leaders Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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The reigning Premier League champions welcome current league leaders Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Cityzens come into this game following a tough 1-0 loss against Bayern in the Champions League and have not tasted victory following their win against Liverpool early in the season.

Manuel Pellegrini's men were held by Arsenal in their previous fixture and before that suffered a shock home defeat to Stoke City. The Chilean will hope his team gets up and running against the Blues and Sergio Aguero is set to start after being rested against Bayern during the mid-week clash.

City will be without form player Steven Jovetic, who is out with a hamstring problem and Edin Dzeko also is a doubt as the striker has been suffering from back problems after the mid-week clash.


Meanwhile, Chelsea are the form team in the league, but come into this game following a 1-1 draw against Schalke at home in the Champions League. But if their Premier League form is to go by, they are the favourites going into the clash against their main title rivals.

Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from and striker Diego Costa is set to start despite struggling with a hamstring issue. Ramirez could be brought in place of Willian to shore up the midfield. The Portuguese boss engineered a famous 3-2 victory in last season's fixture at the Etihad and will be looking at doing something similar this time around.

If Chelsea win the fixture, it will give them an eight point lead over City in the league table. Even though it is early in the season it is a massive advantage for the Blues.

What Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "I think we were unlucky in the last two games - against Bayern Munich in the way we lost with that goal and against Arsenal we deserved to win the three points. But things happen. We must win our next game at home and with that we will be two points behind the leader. That for me will be a very good start after playing Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. That is why it is important to win on Sunday."

Jose Mourinho: "Are we better than last season? We believe so. Do we have more potential than before? I believe so but we still have lots of work to do. In this kind of competition, with the quality of opposition we are up against and the number of teams fighting for the same objectives, it's going to be very hard. I'm not saying we have problems. Just that we have big space to improve."

Betting Odds (

  • Manchester City to win: 7/5
  • Draw: 27/11
  • Chelsea to win: 2

Team News

Manchester City

  • Injured: Steven Jovetic (hamstring), Fernando (Groin)
  • Doubtful: Edin Dzeko (back)
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva; Dzeko, Aguero


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas, Ramires; Oscar, Hazard, Costa