Two Premier League heavyweights go toe-to-toe this weekend, as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
The Blues currently sit in third place in the Premier League, and won their most recent league fixture in emphatic fashion – with a 4-0 away win over Stoke City last weekend. An Alvaro Morata hat-trick, as well as a solitary Pedro goal, saw Chelsea impressively coast past Stoke.
Antonio Conte’s side were also in midweek action in the Champions League. In a terrific performance at the Wanda Metropolitano, Chelsea came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in their Group C clash on Wednesday evening. Antoine Griezmann had opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Atletico, before Morata levelled the game. It looked like the game was heading for a draw, when Michy Batshuayi scored the winner with the last kick of the game to give Chelsea all three points.
Saturday’s opposition have been in fine form this season, and are one of two unbeaten sides in the Premier League so far this season. Their most recent fixture saw City comprehensively beat Crystal Palace 5-0 at home, with goals coming from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Fabian Delph, and a Raheem Sterling double.
Likewise, Manchester City were in European action during midweek. On Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola’s side hosted Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk, and continued their impressive form with a 2-0 win. Kevin de Bruyne, and a late Sterling goal was enough to keep City top of Group F after two games played.
After playing against Atletico Madrid, David Luiz will drop out of the team as the Brazilian serves the final match of his three match suspension, with Andreas Christensen set to take his place in the heart of the defence. Eden Hazard is likely to start his first Premier League match of the season, and Danny Drinkwater is the only likely absentee for the Blues this weekend.
Last season, Chelsea completed the double over Manchester City. Away from home, the Blues were 3-1 winners. In the return fixture at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard scored twice as Conte’s side were 2-1 winners.
There is no doubting that this fixture is critical to both team’s Premier League title aspirations, and despite only being in September, could play a huge part in deciding if the title heads to Manchester or London in May.