Chelsea travel to Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League and need a positive result to climb back into the top four.

The Blues have one of the most difficult away trips in the league though in store when they visit the Etihad Stadium, where they lost 1-0 last season and were outplayed.

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Maurizio Sarri’s team though did beat Manchester City 2-0 in the home meeting this season at Stamford Bridge and that should give them confidence.

Chelsea will need to find a way of coping with the opposition’s midfield, which could consistent of the dazzling trio of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

Sarri will surely rely upon Jorginho and N’Golo Kante in his midfield, but who will complete his team’s trio remains a mystery.

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Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic have rotated frequently for the third midfield position this season, but Chelsea should opt with powerhouse Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead.

Chelsea should spring a surprise on their opponents by starting the England international and he could make a huge difference at the Etihad.

Loftus-Cheek gives his team some extra quality going forward when he plays and could be dangerous on the counter attack.

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The 23-year-old has scored six times in just 20 games across all competitions this season and is someone fans are crying out to see more of.

He also adds a physical presence that could combat Manchester City and the element of surprise would be a nice tactic.

Loftus-Cheek has made three appearances from the bench since returning from injury and Sunday would be a great time to throw him back into the mix, where he can continue to show his potential on the biggest stage.

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