Manchester City vs Chelsea team news: Diego Costa starts for Blues, Raheem Sterling handed home debut

Team news from the recently expanded Etihad Stadium

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is able to name Diego Costa in his starting line-up for the Premier League trip to title rivals Manchester City.

The Spain international is perpetually touch-and-go with recurrent injury problems, but the Portuguese boss is happy to start him over Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy.

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Asmir Begovic continues in goal for the visitors as Thibaut Courtois continues to serve his three match ban for being sent off against Swansea City last weekend.

City, meanwhile, hand a home debut to new signing Raheem Sterling while the impressive David Silva continues in midfield.

Bacary Sagna starts at right-back while Vincent Kompany will provide his unique blend of stability and authority at the back.

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nasri, Demichelis, Bony, Iheanacho.

Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy.