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  • November 25, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Manchester City

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Two of the top three meet in an eagerly anticipated clash on Sunday as the hosts look to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge following Roberto Di Matteo's shock dismissal.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole
Mikel, Ramires,
Hazard, Oscar, Mata
Torres
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Maicon, Nastasic, Lescott, Zabaleta,
Toure, Garcia
Silva, Nasri,Tevez
Aguero

Rafa Benitez will be without his captain John Terry (knee) for his first game in charge, with the Chelsea defender injuring himself against Liverpool and not expected back until December.

Frank Lampard (calf) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) also remained sidelined.

Roberto Mancini has real concerns over captain Vincent Kompany (knee), after he left City's Champions League match against Real Madrid on crutches.

He joins Gael Clichy (ankle), Micah Richards (knee) and Mario Balotelli (back) on the injury list at Eastlands.

James Milner is expected to to be fit after recovering from a hamstring concern.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chelsea has not gone three games at Stamford Bridge without a Premier League win since December 2008, but has lost just two of its last 15 home games.
  • The Blues have both scored and conceded in their last seven Premier League games.
  • Chelsea is behind only Arsenal with victories against Manchester City, the Blues' 20 trailing the Gunners' 21.
  • Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez (pictured) has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • There have been five penalties awarded in the last six league meetings between the two sides.
  • City is unbeaten in their last eight Premier League away games, winning five.
  • The champions have conceded more than one goal away from home only once in 11 months in the league.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker

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