- Chelsea vs Man City kicks off at 1830EAT.
- City top the standings on 27 points.
- Chelsea are in tenth spot on 15 points.
Both sides come into the clash in high spirits as Chelsea ended Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the league with a 4-1 win on Monday while City booked their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League this season with two games to spare.
On the table, City boss proceedings as they sit top of the standings on 27 points with Chelsea a distant tenth, 12 points behind the reigning champions.
Having made it three wins in a row on the road, thanks to victories at Fulham, Burnley and Tottenham by an impressive aggregate score of 10-2, Pochettino will be hoping Chelsea bring that form home when the Cityzens, who are on a five-match winning streak in all competitions, come visiting.
The Blues have not netted in any of their last six head-to-head matches against City since their Champions League win in May 2021 and have blanked in three of their last four home league games this season.
Also, no current Chelsea squad player has scored against the Citizens in the top-flight, but in-form Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer are facing their former club.
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What time does Chelsea vs Man City start?
The Round 12 clash is expected to kick off on Sunday at 6:30pm Kenyan time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Man City Team News
Enzo Fernandez is anticipated to return to the squad as he hopefully suffered no serious effects from international team-mate Cristian Romero’s reckless challenge in the win over Spurs. Should Enzo not make it, Lesley Ugochukwu is the natural replacement.
At the back, Benoit Badiashile may receive the nod as the Blues’ closest physical match to Erling Haaland as well as a threat at set-plays.
Skipper Reece James is sure to start and, on the left, Levi Colwill may be preferred to the more swashbuckling Marc Cucurella.
For City, Haaland was among the goals again in midweek, putting to rest suggestions the league’s leading scorer might miss this fixture. His usual muse remains sidelined, though: one-time Blue Kevin de Bruyne set up no fewer than eight of the Norway marksman’s goals last season.
Ruled out, too, are two of the three centre-backs who coasted past Bournemouth last weekend, John Stones and Manuel Akanji.
The England man has excelled as an old-school libero, stepping into midfield when City have the ball to spray the ball and keep opponents pinned back. That augmented role is less likely for Cobham graduate Nathan Ake should he be selected alongside Ruben Dias this weekend.
Chelsea vs Man City head-to-head
Six straight defeats to Manchester City across all competitions since 2021 will not be a source of confidence, although only two were at the Bridge.
Prior to back-to-back 1-0 losses at Stamford Bridge, the Londoners’ most recent home league win came behind closed doors on 25 June 2020, a Willian penalty (plus red card for Fernandinho) clinching the three points for Frank Lampard’s men after De Bruyne had equalised Christian Pulisic’s opener.
You have to go back to 8 December 2018 for the Blues’ most recent top-flight win at a full Stamford Bridge, a thumped finish from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz’s deft header sealing the 2-0.
That was Chelsea’s 25th victory over the Citizens in the Premier League, making us the most successful side against them at the time (Arsenal and Tottenham had both beaten them 23 times).
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Chelsea vs Man City Prediction
Man City will be keen to open a three point gap before the league pauses for the international break and will definitely pile the pressure to get the results. The Cityzens are touted as heavy favourites to get the job done having not lost in the last six meetings between the two sides in all competitions.