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Alla Zakarian

07-12-2018 | 18:59 Football

Manchester City V Chelsea: Preview and Possible XI

Premier League: Matchweek 16
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Date: Saturday, December 8
  • Kick-off time: 11:30 PM
Two Premier League giants Manchester City and Chelsea meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues take on league leaders in the weekend’s most glamorous tie. Of the last nine meetings in all competitions between the two giants, City have won four and drawn one. Chelsea have suffered their first defeats in the league in their last two games. The Defeat to Wolves came after a damaging 3-1 loss to top four rivals Spurs. Meanwhile, Manchester City are still unbeaten in the league, winning 13 and drawing two. TEAM NEWS: Pep Guardiola has revealed that both Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne will be unavailable for Manchester City‘s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday. Maurizio Sarri confirmed at his Friday press conference that everyone is available though, as he evaluates who will start in training ahead of the match. FACTS: Manchester City have a chance to secure a second successive top-flight victory at Chelsea for the first time since January 1955. City also have an opportunity to beat Chelsea for the fourth time in a row in all competitions, something they have never done before. This is the 161st meeting between the teams. Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League away matches. City have never gone 15 without defeat on the road in the top flight. Leroy Sane has contributed a goal or assist in his last eight Premier League starts this season, striking six times and assisting a further five goals. POSSIBLE LINE-UP: Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling Maurizio Sarri 
Against Guardiola I have lost every match, so you have to ask someone else (laughs)
Pep Guardiola
Thank you (Sarri) but we are not the best. We have to win the titles and we didn’t win the title to be best team in Europe. The job he is doing is excellent. People don’t know how hard it is to create a style.
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
  • Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Betting and match odds Chelsea are priced at odds of winning 3.80 according to VBet, while a draw is available at 3.60. A win for Manchester City are priced at 1.98. Click here to see all of VBet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

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