Two of the Premier League’s top four meet on Saturday when Manchester City host Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s men will be desperate to bounce back from their damaging 3-1 defeat away to Liverpool before the international break, leaving them nine points behind Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.
As a reuslt, Chelsea now sit one point ahead of City in third place and will have outside title aspirations of their own. Frank Lampard has enjoyed a wonderful start to his life as Chelsea manager and will make it anything but easy for his counterpart.
Who will win in this battle of third vs fourth? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Man City v Chelsea and what TV channel is it on?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019
Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League & Main Event
Last five meetings: Man City v Chelsea
24 Feb 2019: Chelsea 0-0 Man City (3-4 pens) (League Cup final)
10 Feb 2019: Man City 6-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
08 Dec 2018: Chelsea 2-0 Man City (Premier League)
05 Aug 2018: Chelsea 0-2 Man City (Community Shield)
04 Mar 2018: Man City 1-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Man City (DWLWW) 9-2 Chelsea (DLWLL)
Ones to watch
Man City: Raheem Sterling
After sitting out England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro as a result of his dispute with Joe Gomez, Raheem Sterling returned to the action against Kosovo and bagged himself an assist during a fine performance.
He’ll want to keep that momentum going against Chelsea as City look to get back on track. If they’re to do so, the diminutive forward will play a key role.
Key stat: Only Sergio Aguero (9) has scored more Premier League goals for City this season than Sterling (7).
Chelsea: Tammy Abraham
Trips to the Etihad have been tough for Chelsea in recent years and a lack of goals has been a huge problem for them in this fixture.
Tammy Abraham has started this campaign in red hot form and if Lampard is to add another scalp to his impressive and growing collection, he’ll need another big performance from his young striker here.
Key stat: Abraham has scored more Premier League goals away from home than any other player this season (7).
Rodrigo and David Silva were surprise inclusions to City’s matchday squad against Liverpool but should be fit to feature once again here, while Guardiola will also hope to see Ederson return to action.
Bernardo Silva will serve his one-match ban for breaching FA rules regarding a racially offensive social media post with Benjamin Mendy, who should replace Angelino at left-back.
Guardiola has plenty to consider at centre-back with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi failing to impress.
Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, D.Silva, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero.
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Christian Pulisic missed the recent international break with a hip injury but should be fit to play here, while Jorginho should return after serving a one-match ban.
Ross Barkley remains doubtful but with Jorginho returning and N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount all available, Lampard has no shortage of midfield options anyway.
Despite the impressive form of Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta should return at right-back for this big clash.
Predicted XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Mount.
The pressure is all on Man City in the title race now after their defeat to Liverpool and the visit of a confident Chelsea side is likely one of the last fixtures Guardiola would have wished for.
Chelsea struggle at the back but have more than enough attacking talent to hurt a threadbare Manchester City defence in what should be an entertaining draw.
Scoreline prediction: Man City 2-2 Chelsea