Chelsea v Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
Stamford Bridge
Monday, December 12. Kick-off: 2000

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Frank Lampard will make his 350th Barclays Premier League start for Chelsea, should he be recalled to the starting line-up by Andre Villas-Boas.

Jose Bosingwa also missed Champions League win against Valencia and is still an injury doubt, while the Blues are also without Josh McEachran.

For Manchester City, Michah Richards is rated at 50-50 following a calf injury.

Pablo Zabaleta is fit again and could replace Richards a right-back, but left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is still missing with a groin injury.


 

Mata has no City fear




 

Juan Mata insists Chelsea do not fear Manchester City, as the Blues prepare to face the Barclays Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge.

City have recorded 13 victories and one draw in their 14 league outings so far this season and, hence, sit top of the table, some 10 points ahead of their Monday night opponents.

Chelsea find themselves in the uncustomary position of fifth in the league, but a win will be enough for them to climb back into the Champions League reckoning.

It would also see them close the gap between the Blues and City to a more acceptable level - seven points - and further continue a recent resurgence for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

And, says Mata, Chelsea have nothing to fear when City travel to west London this evening.

"As a player, you have respect for Barcelona but you never have fear," explained the Spanish midfielder.

"So, no, we do not have any fear of City, especially because we're playing at home.

"We do have the ultimate respect for them because they're the league leaders but fear? Not at all."

He added: "It is very difficult that they (City) will win every game, as they are doing at the moment.

"So for us and the other teams, we just have to hope that they stop winning.

"They have a big points difference, but I think it is not impossible.

"If we win against City, we will have more confidence.

"The Premier League does not finish for another six or seven months. Nothing is impossible."

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