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Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview

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Can Aguero lead City to victory? (©GettyImages)
Can Aguero lead City to victory? (©GettyImages).

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League title favourites clash.

Although it's very early in the season, this match can be crucial for both team's seasons, as a victory for Chelsea would propel them to second and open a four-point gap over the Citizens, but a win for City would mean they will move in front of Chelsea.

Howard Webb will be the referee of the big clash and he will have to make the right decisions on Sunday afternoon.

Team News:

Ashley Cole is available for Chelsea after suffering a rib problem, while playing for England in the qualifier against Ukraine.

The left-back was close to recovering in time for Chelsea's match with Schalke in the Champions League and now is expected to slot straight back into the Starting XI.

Jose Mourinho's only absentee is Marko van Ginkel, who is out with a knee injury for six months.

Manchester City will have to play without injured captain Vincent Kompany, who is sidelined by a thigh injury.

Martin Demichelis is also likely to miss the clash with Chelsea, although he is close to match fitness, but is yet to feature for Manchester City since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell is fit and could be involved on Sunday, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Manager Quotes:

Jose Mourinho: "We have to play our game. We are going to play our game and let's see if our game is enough to win against them. "I just play every game the same way. We want to win. To win is good, to lose is not good. (But) in this moment, with the way the Premier League is going week after week, no result will put a team in a great situation, no result will put a team in a difficult situation."

Manuel Pellegrini: "Of course it’s an important moment, it’s always important playing against a team that has a lot of chance to win the league. It’s a tough game for Manchester City, we are one point behind them and we must play well if we want to win."

Match Facts:

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 64 Barclay's Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W50 D14).

Man City have won just two of their previous 16 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (L10 D4), with both victories ending 4-2 (Jan 1993 and Feb 2010).

This is Chelsea’s lowest points tally (17) after eight Premier League games in a season since 2007/08 (12).

Since the start of 2012-13, only Stefan Kiebling (12) has scored more headed goals than Negredo (7) in the top five European leagues.

Chelsea have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side (5).

Possible line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Torres

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Garcia, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko.

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