Manchester City vs Chelsea preview: No new injuries ahead of top-of-the-table clash

By Ric Turner, Fri 02 December 2016 16:26


Manchester City vs Chelsea preview: No new injuries ahead of top-of-the-table clashGuardiola gives players rare day off in build up to crunch match

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 3rd December 2016

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: S Burt, A Nunn Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: City 11/10, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 5/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Maffeo, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: Kompany

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWD

Chelsea

Manager: Antonio Conte

Squad (from): Begovic, Courtois, Eduardo, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Matic, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Costa, Moses, Batshuayi, Kante, Aina, Chalobah, Solanke, Alonso, Luiz

Injured: Mikel, Terry

Doubtful: Zouma

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Vincent Kompany is City's only absentee for the top of the table clash with Chelsea on Saturday. Fabian Delph is fit again, and John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan are available after being rested for the win at Burnley last weekend. Pep Guardiola also confirmed that he had given his players a day off earlier in the week, and having the rare luxury of no midweek fixture in the build-up to the game.

"We were 11, 12, 13 days without a day off," he said. "I like to give day off to the players when you have a lot of games in a row.

"That’s why we had two days off and we were training three days, to prepare, not only for the game against Chelsea, but the next ones too.

"We like to play football and we like to play games, that’s why we’re here.

"But sometimes when we have four or five or six months playing, playing, playing sometimes it’s good [time off] for the players, the staff, for physios everybody. It was good."

City's last home game against Chelsea ended in a 3-0 victory at the start of the 2015/16 season, with Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 52 of the 155 games played against Chelsea, with 39 draws and 64 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 1 Chelsea 1

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