Premier League: Chelsea v Man City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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Rafael Benitez will take charge of Chelsea for the first time, with Premier League champions Manchester City coming to Stamford Bridge. Both clubs have had weeks they would rather forget, City bundled out of the Champions League before the knockout stages and Chelsea close to elimination after disappointing midweek results.

In the league, Chelsea's form has been particularly average, with 1-1 draws against Swansea and Liverpool followed by a 2-1 defeat at West Brom, leaving the early-season pace-setters in third spot, four points behind leaders City.

While Roberto Mancini's City side have at least been keeping up appearances domestically while their European dream slipped away. City sit top of the Premier League table, one point clear of arch-rivals Manchester United, after 12 games played.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, ending their hopes of making the last 16 of the Champions League.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm


Chelsea 2 (Torres, Bertrand) Manchester City 3 (Toure, Tevez, Nasri), Community Shield, August 2012

Manchester City 2 (Aguero, Nasri) Chelsea 1 (Cahill), Premier League, March 2012

Chelsea 2 (Meireles, Lampard) Manchester City 1 (Balotelli), Premier League, December 2011


Carlos Tevez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games against Chelsea

There have been five penalties awarded in the last six Premier League games between Chelsea and Man City

The last four Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended as home wins

Chelsea have not gone three games at Stamford Bridge without a Premier League win since December 2008


Chelsea to win: 2.55

Manchester City to win: 2.70

Draw: 3.40

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm and highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm