Manchester City vs Chelsea preview: Blues must get season back on track against Premier League rivals after turbulent week

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium

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It’s a big game for…

Asmir Begovic: With Thibaut Courtois suspended after his sending off against Swansea, the £8m summer signing will make his first Chelsea start at the Etihad.

Best stat…

1 The number of league games that Chelsea lost in Jose Mourinho’s first title winning season as Manager (2004/05). The team they lost to? Manchester City.

Remember when…

Frank Lampard scored an 85th minute equaliser for City against his former club in September 2014. less than four months after ending his 13-year spell with the Blues.

Player to watch…

David Silva: Produced an outstanding performance at the Hawthorns on Monday night, demonstrating how a No.10 should play the game. Expect Mourinho to reinforce his midfield to combat the Spaniard’s threat.

Past three-meetings…

Chelsea 1 (Remy) Manchester City 1 (Silva), Premier League, January 2015

Manchester City 1 (Lampard), Chelsea 1 (Schurrle) Premier League, September 2014

Manchester City 2 (Jovetic, Nasri) Chelsea 0, FA Cup 5th Round, February 2014

Form guide…

Manchester City: W

Chelsea: D

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 4pm, Sunday 16th August

TV: Live on Sky Sports from 3.30pm, highlights on Match of the Day 2 BBC1, 10.30pm

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