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Chelsea v Manchester City - Preview and possible lineups

Pin Eden Hazard is expected to start for Chelsea. AFP
Eden Hazard is expected to start for Chelsea. AFP

Chelsea v Manchester City - Preview and possible lineups

Elliot Turnbull by Elliot Turnbull @rfutbol - 0 2,151

We take a look ahead to Saturday's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City from Stamford Bridge.

TEAM NEWS: 

Chelsea: Ross Barkley is back in contention after an ankle injury.

Jorginho and David Luiz are expected to return to the starting XI after being rested at Wolves. 

Manchester City: Record scorer Sergio Aguero will miss a third successive game because of muscle tightness.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is also a doubt due to a facial injury, while the match comes too soon for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

WHO IS SAYING WHAT?

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: 

"I knew very well that sooner or later we have to face difficulties. When you change the way of playing, the way of football, you need to change the mentality.

"You need to change the mentality in 25 minds, so it's not a short way. It's very difficult.

"We have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55, 60 minutes, then the first difficulty we went in blackout. We didn't react as a team, but as 11 players - in 11 different ways. So it's a big problem."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 

"Tomorrow is another huge demanding test for us. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be.

"I have been to Stamford Bridge many times and I have won once, last season; always I lose there. They are a good side, a really good team. When you see the XI and the people on the bench, they are a real contender."

Form: 

Did you know?

Manchester City have won the last three meetings in all competitions, including this season's Community Shield, without conceding a goal.

Manchester City are unbeaten in 21 league games since April, winning the last seven.

Guardiola's side could become the first club based outside London to win seven consecutive top-flight fixtures in the capital. They have equalled the record of six in a row, set by Portsmouth from December 1950 to December 1951.

Possible lineups: 

Chelsea:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Manchester City:
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

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