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  • December 12, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

PROSHOTS

The Eastlands club are yet to lose a game in the Premier League this season, having had a fantastic start with 12 wins and two draws in the 14 games they have played


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Romeu, Lampard
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata

MANCHESTER CITY

 
Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Toure, Barry
Silva
Balotelli, Aguero
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is missing long-term injury victim Michael Essien, who is not expected to be back until January. Henrique Hilario is a doubt to make the squad due to illness, while Josh McEachran is out with an ankle problem.

David Luiz misses out on this one due to picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against Newcastle United, which means he is suspended for this clash. It will prompt the Portuguese boss to make changes to his back line, with Branislav Ivanovic probably slotting in in his favoured centre-back position, while Jose Bosingwa should play at right-back.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini may also have to switch things around in defence after right-back Micah Richards fell prey to a calf injury in the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

The full-back is a doubt for this fixture, meaning Pablo Zabaleta should likely be given a look in.

Meanwhile, Aleksandar Kolarov remains in the treatment room due to a groin injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have conceded 11 goals in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this season. Only Norwich City and Wigan Athletic have shipped more at their respective home grounds among the teams outside the relegation zone.
  • But the Blues have still have a fairly healthy record at home, having scored in each of their last 14 games at the Bridge. Their tally of 19 in seven home games this season is bettered only by Manchester United (23) and Manchester City (24).
  • Daniel Sturridge (pictured right) has scored a goal in each of the west London club's last three Premier League games.
  • Manchester City have not lost a single game in the league this season, and no other team has scored as many goals (48) as they have so far.
  • Four of Roberto Mancini's charges feature in the top ten players who have created the most number of goals this season. David Silva (eight), Samir Nasri (six), James Milner and Micah Richards (five each) are on the list.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
26John TerryDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
15Stefan SavicDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
Players to Watch
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Juan Mata has been a real force for the Blues this season, with seven assists to his name so far. He will likely have to put in a performance worthy of the occasion if Andre Villas-Boas' men are to put an end to the opposition's undefeated run.
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sergio Aguero has been in fine form and will probably be looking to get the better of the Chelsea back-line, as their attacking brand of football has seen them conceding a lot of goals. Aguero has the poaching instincts to exploit any defensive shortcomings.
Prediction
Andre Villas-Boas has a fair amount of pressure to deal with, and yet another defeat - albeit to a formidable City side - may cause some unrest among the supporters, particularly considering the fact that the Blues have lost two of their last three Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini's men would be expected to put in another good performance, particularly after their victory over Bayern Munich - despite the fact that they went out of the Champions League nonetheless.

But all things considered, a draw could be on the cards.
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