Diego Costa should be recalled for key Manchester City clash

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Diego Costa should almost certainly be in line for a recall to the Chelsea starting XI for their keenly-anticipated clash with Manchester City this weekend having been confined to the substitute's bench for 74 minutes of Tuesday's Champions League draw with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

Costa has enjoyed an electric start to life in English football following his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid this summer, netting a quite superb total of seven goals in his first four top-flight games for the Blues.

Costa return

Persistent worries about a potential hamstring problem - as well as an obvious desire to freshen up the team - led to manager Jose Mourinho resting the Spanish international in Europe, although a clearly under-par performance from replacement Didier Drogba led to Costa playing all of 16 minutes against spirited Bundesliga opposition.

In terms of other team news for Chelsea as they prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium, Mourinho appears to have few injury worries to contend with.

Loic Remy - who joined the club from West London rivals Queens Park Rangers shortly before transfer deadline day - is expected to be named on the bench, while Cesar Azpilicueta should reprise his role at left-back ahead of Brazilian Filipe Luis.

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City team news

Manchester City suffered their own disappointment in the Champions League this week, with a sensational performance from goalkeeper Joe Hart not enough to earn Manuel Pellegrini's side a hard-earned point against the might of Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena thanks to Jerome Boateng's deflected late strike.

Edin Dzeko was substituted 16 minutes from time in that encounter having suffered a back injury but Pellegrini sounded hopeful on Friday that he would not be forced to miss any coming matches.

Indeed, the Chilean revealed during the course of his traditional pre-match press conference that only Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Fernando were unavailable for selection ahead of the visit of Chelsea.

Eliaquim Mangala - who joined City in a big-money move from FC Porto in August - has yet to make his City debut and while the French defender is supposedly fit, it seems unlikely that he will make his debut in a game of this magnitude.

Much of the focus prior to kick-off will undoubtedly be on Frank Lampard, with the former England international having won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League during a stellar 13-year stint with Chelsea. 

Lampard talk

Lampard did start during last week's 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium but was swiftly replaced by Samir Nasri at half-time.

While Lampard will dominate many of the pre-match headlines, one of the biggest concerns for Pellegrini will be the underwhelming form of midfield lynchpin Yaya Toure.

The dominant Ivorian - who was City's top scorer during their successful 2013/14 campaign - has looked notably out-of-sorts in recent months and was heavily criticised for a lacklustre display in Bavaria.

Predicted lineups

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Nasri, Navas, Silva; Aguero   

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Oscar; Schurrle, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa

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