Manchester City will be looking to get revenge on title rivals Chelsea when they take on the champions at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
The Citizens come into the game off the back of a 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, sending them top of the league on goal difference. In midweek, City fought off a resolute Shakhtar Donetsk side to win 2-0 in the Champions League which puts them top of their group. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling sealed the three points for the home side.
Since then, Benjamin Mendy has been ruled out until April 2018 with a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) caused during the Palace game, and Sergio Aguero has recently been involved in a car accident whilst in Amsterdam with a broken rib. It will be a changed team for this weekend’s game, with Gabriel Jesus expected to lead the line for City.
Chelsea also played during midweek and managed to get a victory away to Atletico Madrid after a last-minute winner from Michy Batshuayi. The champions beat the Citizens in both matches last season on the road to their second league title in three seasons. The home side will be buoyed on by their big victory against their European rivals, but City will offer a completely different threat to what the Spanish side possess.
The last time these sides played was when Chelsea won 2-1 at the same venue as this weekend’s game, with Eden Hazard’s brace cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s equaliser.
Here is how we think Pep Guardiola will line up his team for the match.