Chelsea vs Manchester City preview: John Stones ruled out until after international break

By Ric Turner, Fri 10 November 2023 15:01

Chelsea vs Manchester City preview: John Stones ruled out until after international breakEngland defender misses trip to Stamford Bridge but injury not as bad as first feared

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 12th November 2023

Venue: Stamford Bridge, West London

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: C Pawson VAR: J Gillett

Odds: Chelsea 4/1, Draw 11/4, City 8/11

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports


Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Squad (from): Sanchez, Bettinelli, Petrovic, Disasi, Cucurella, Badiashile, Thiago, James, Colwill, Gusto, Maatsen, Fernande, Mudryk, Ugochukwu, Palmer, Gallagher, Caicedo, Sterling, Madueke, Jackson, Broja

Injured: Fofana, Chilwell, Lavia, Nkunku, Chalobah, Chukwuemeka

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol, Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Kovacic, Grealish, Rodri, Silva, Nunes, Foden, Bobb, Haaland, Doku, Alvarez

Injured: De Bruyne, Gomez, Stones

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

John Stones is ruled out of the trip to Stamford Bridge after suffering a muscular injury against Young Boys in midweek.

The defender was withdrawn at half-time on Tuesday night, and it was initially feared that he could be missing for some time, but manager Pep Guardiola today offered a more optimistic prognosis.

“He is injured,” he said at Friday's press conference.

“He is not ready for tomorrow and we will see after international break. I don’t know (whether he will be ready) for Liverpool.

“The doctor says it's not as bad (as first thought), but still I don’t know.

“When he is going to be fit again, he will be back.”

City won their last game against at Stamford Bridge 1-0, thanks to a Riyad Mahrez goal. Overall City have won 65 of the 175 games played against the Blues, with 39 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol, Rodri, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland

Score prediction: Chelsea 1 City 2