Manchester City vs Chelsea: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Etihad

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The Independent Online

Manchester City will need to pick themselves up after a last-gasp Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now not won any of their last three games, so the visit of a thus far invincible Chelsea has come at a difficult time for the Sky Blues. Edin Dzeko has not found the net all season, so Pellegrini will look to Sergio Aguero who already has three goals this campaign.

Chelsea are in unstoppable form in the Premier League, winning all four of their fixtures so far this season. New arrival Diego Costa has scored seven goals, while Cesc Fabregas is dissecting defences at will, registering six assists already.

The Blues won last time they visited the Etihad in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho will be more confident than ever of retaining their place at the summit of the table.

Video: Premier League review

KICK OFF… Sunday, 4pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

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

Manchester City 0 Chelsea 1 (Ivanovic), Premier League, February 2014

Chelsea 2 (Schurrle, Torres) Manchester City 1 (Aguero), Premier League, October 2013

STATS…

Manchester City have collected 12 yellow cards this season – the most in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard has been the most successful dribbler in the Premier League this season – completing 25.

Chelsea have had 30 shots on target this season – the most in the Premier League.

ODDS…

Manchester City to win: 2.40

Chelsea to win: 2.80

Draw: 3.40

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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