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Manchester City v Chelsea: Combined XI

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Manchester City host Chelsea this weekend in a mouthwatering FA Cup clash at the Etihad. The fifth round tie sees two of the Premier League title contenders do battle on Saturday evening, with City looking for revenge after their home defeat to Jose Mourinho's side just two weeks ago. 

With an array of talent in both squads, GMS contributor Alex Brown has put together a combined starting XI, featuring players from both teams to create an ultimate City and Chelsea eleven. 

How many of these players would make your team? 

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech 

An outstanding servant for Chelsea, with a clean sheet record second to none, Cech takes his place in between the sticks. A top shot-stopper, good on the ball, and a real commander in the penalty area, Cech brings a stability to the Chelsea defence, a quality that helps reassure the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill in front of him. 

Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta 

A tough choice at the right side of defence, but Zabaleta gets the nod for me just ahead of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. Solid in defence, the Argentine offers plenty going forward too, with a good crossing ability that means he picks up his fair share of assists. 

Centre-back: Gary Cahil 

It was two from three for me at centre-back, with Chelsea's John Terry unlucky to miss out. Opting for one from each side, his defensive partner Gary Cahill is included, a reward for his recent run of form at the heart of the Chelsea back four. Like Terry, Cahill isn't afraid to put his body on the line, making numerous blocks and tackles along with last-ditch clearances. The defender also pops up with the odd goal now and then, and with a quick turn of pace has turned into the complete defender. 

Centre-back: Vincent Kompany 

Considered by many as the best centre half in the league, there was no way Vincent Kompany could have been left out the team. City look a far better side when the Belgian is in the team, and worryingly fragile when he isn't. Another who gets himself on the scoresheet from time-to-time, a tough tackler and strong in the air, this defender has got the lot. 

Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov 

With Chelsea's Ashley Cole losing his place in the side, City's Aleksandar Kolarov is the pick at left-back, with his attacking qualities making all the difference. Deadly from free-kicks, Kolarov is also a fantastic crosser of the ball, making him the complete modern-day full back. 

Centre-midfield: David Silva 

David Silva's inclusion adds some real creative quality to the side, with the Spaniard holding the ability to open up defences with a fantastic array of passing. A strong dribbler, Silva's imagination and technical skill make him a vital part of the Manchester City team. 

Centre-midfield: Nemanja Matic

With three players patrolling the centre of midfield, Nemanja Matic has been included to play the holding role, to sit just ahead of the back four and provide them with extra defensive cover. Despite only joining Chelsea in January, Matic has been hugely impressive so far, and his performance against City recently showed just what a valuable asset he already is for Jose Mourinho. 

Centre-midfield: Yaya Toure 

Africa's player of the year, and one of the Premier League's top midfielders, Yaya Toure's inclusion comes as no surprise. With 12 league goals and counting this season, Toure has become a vital part of City's attack with his composed finishing as well as his long-range strikes, not to mention some impressive free-kicks. A powerful runner and comfortable on the ball, Toure would be a welcome addition to any side in world football. 

Right-forward: Eden Hazard 

Chelsea's golden boy and arguably the best player in the Premier League on current form. A brilliant display at the Etihad a fortnight ago was followed by a superb hat-trick last week against Newcastle, taking his tally to 12 league goals for the campaign. The Belgian not only excels in attacking areas, but works hard for the team without the ball, meaning his spot in the side was a no brainer. 

Left-forward: Willian 

On the opposite side, Chelsea teammate Willian also gets the nod, with the Brazilian forward also beginning to make a significant impression on the field. Much like Hazard, Willian posses both an attacking threat, as well as important defensive cover with high levels of pace and fitness. If Willian can start to find the net on a more regular basis, Chelsea will have some player on their hands. 

Striker: Sergio Aguero 

Sergio Aguero's absence through injury could have a huge outcome on the game later today. The Argentine has been in superb goal-scoring form this term, with 15 Premier League goals. Aguero is a player who can score all types of goals, as well as create them for his teammates. A willing runner also, he is the complete forward and will be a huge miss for City in any game he misses. 

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