Chelsea vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 30 January 2015 15:33

Chelsea vs Manchester City previewSamir Nasri back in training and could be on bench

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 31st January 2015

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, J Collin Fourth Official: J Moss

Odds: Chelsea 6/5, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 11/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1


Manager: Jose Mourinho

Squad (from): Blackman, Cech, Courtois, Ake, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Christensen, Filipe, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Salah, Willian, Drogba, Remy, Schurrle, Solanke.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Fabregas, Filipe, Ivanovic

Suspended: Costa

Form guide: WWLDWW

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic

Injured: None

Doubtful: Mangala, Nasri

Suspended: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDWDWW

Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are absent again due to the Ivory Coast's ongoing participation in the African Cup of Nations. Samir Nasri, however, could be in contention after recovering from a groin injury, whilst Eliaquim Mangala is a minor doubt according to manager Mauel Pellegrini.

"Samir Nasri is coming back, I'm not sure if he's a 100 per cent. We will see with the doctor but he worked the last two days with the squad," Pellegrini said.

"Mangala had a little problem with his shoulder today we will see tomorrow. They're the only two problems I have."

The match has been billed as a "title decider" by some, but Pellegrini was keen to play down the significance of the game

"It's a very important game, it's not the game that will decide the title because after that we have to play for 45 more points," he continued.

"If you remember from years ago this club won the title being eight points behind United. In football you never know but it's a very important game and it's important for us to close that gap as soon as we can."

City's last away game at Stamford Bridge ended in 2-1, with Sergio Aguero scoring for City, before a late calamitous mix-up between Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic gifted Fernando Torres the winner. Overall City have won 50 of the 151 games played against Chelsea, with 38 draws and 63 defeats.

Read the views of Chelsea fan Denise here.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1