Chelsea v Manchester City preview: Aguero and De Bruyne miss trip to Stamford Bridge

By Ric Turner, Fri 07 December 2018 16:58


Chelsea v Manchester City preview: Aguero and De Bruyne miss trip to Stamford BridgeGuardiola hails "excellent" job being done by Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 8th December 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: A Mariner

Odds: Chelsea 3/1, Draw 11/4, City 10/11

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Chelsea

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Squad (from): Kepa, Caballero, Green, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson, Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley, Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Giroud

Injured: van Ginkel

Doubtful: Barkley

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLWWL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus

Injured: De Bruyne, Bravo, Mendy, ?Aguero, ?

Doubtful: Zinchenko

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge through injury, although manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that both players are nearing a return.

Chelsea made an impressive start to the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, but have struggled a little of late, losing two of their last three league games. Guardiola, however, is an admirer of the Italian.

"The job he is doing is excellent. People don’t know how hard it is to create a style. He is going to do that.

"In pre-season when we played in the Community Shield, it was there. The team already played like he wants.

"He needs time. Maybe they don’t play for 90 minutes but for 55, 60, 75 minutes they are excellent.”

City's last away game at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-0 victory, with Kevin De Bruyne netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 55 of the 160 games played against Chelsea, with 39 draws and 66 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Chelsea 1 City 1

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