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Chelsea - Manchester City Preview: Blues take on City in a close-season exhibition double-header

The Europa League winners face the Premier League runners-up in St Louis, Missouri, in the first of two Stateside post-season encounters before a second clash in New York

By Husmukh Kerai

Petr Cech
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Taylor
Loftus-Cheek, Ake
Moses, Oscar, Marin
Ba
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Rodwell
Silva, Tevez, Milner
Dzeko

There are several notable absentees for Chelsea's trip to the United States, with John Terry (ankle) the biggest name left off the plane. Ryan Bertrand, Ross Turnbull and Oriol Romeu also stayed at home.

Youngsters Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be included as Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard will take early leave to join up with Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, and Yossi Benayoun are all likely to make their final Chelsea appearances.

Manchester City, having recently joined forces with the New York Yankees baseball franchise to create an NYCFC MLS outfit, take all their big guns including Joe Hart, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and David Silva to St Louis.

Defender Kolo Toure (knee) and Scott Sinclair (shoulder) are likely to be the only absentees.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last time that Chelsea and Manchester City met was in last season's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in April. City went on to the final only to lose out to a late Wigan winner.
  • Carlos Tevez (pictured right) has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • There have been five penalties awarded in the last six league meetings between the two sides.
  • Chelsea's Player of the Year Juan Mata scored 16 goals and provided 20 assists in all competitions last season.
  • Chelsea also toured the US last summer, taking on AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and an MLS all-star side.
  • Manchester City's partnership with the New York Yankees comes after arch-rivals United had originally setup a commercial deal back in 2001.


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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Andreas ChristenDefender
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11OscarMidfielder
3Ashley ColeDefender
-Chris LoftusStriker
19Demba BaStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
21David SilvaStriker
-Albert RusnakMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
2Micah RichardsDefender
10Edin DzekoStriker
Probable Lineups
Petr Cech 1
Branislav Ivanovic 2
Gary Cahill 24
César Azpilicueta 28
Andreas Christen 0
Yossi Benayoun 30
Juan Mata 8
Oscar 11
Ashley Cole 3
Chris Loftus 0
Demba Ba 19
Joe Hart 1
Gael Clichy 22
Vincent Kompany 4
Pablo Zabaleta 5
Karim Rekik 44
Javi García 14
Yaya Touré 42
David Silva 21
Albert Rusnak 0
Sergio Agüero 16
Carlos Tévez 10
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