Manchester City look to close the gap to Arsenal at the top of the Premier League to five points as they travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight. Pep Guardiola’s side were frustrated last time out as they were held to a draw by Everton, but can take advantage of Arsenal’s stalemate with Newcastle.
Graham Potter will be hoping Chelsea can pull off a much-needed win on home soil to get their campaign back on track. The Blues were once again far from convincing as they drew with Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day, and sit tenth in the table going into this match. They are closer to the relegation zone than they are to City.
Erling Haaland has scored in all three of his side’s matches since the World Cup and leads the line for City, as Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo return to the starting XI. Mason Mount is ruled out with a knock for Chelsea. Follow all the action with our LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge.
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26 mins: Chelsea having a good spell here, they look the more dangerous in the final third.
Zakaria looks to lift a cross into the box, can’t get enough loft on it. City look to break as the ball breaks free, Kovacic does really well to beat Silva to it.
24 mins: Koulibaly off quickly for a change of boots.
That allows Chelsea to make their change at last, Chukwuemeka is on to replace Pulisic. Chelsea now have only one more opportunity, aside from half-time, to make a change.
Chelsea threaten to open the scoring, as Chukwuemeka has a shot blocked before Ederson denies Ziyech.
21 mins: Chelsea currently down to ten as De Bruyne breaks on the right, cross towards Haaland is cut out. The City forward has not had a single touch yet.
Ah here we go, he’s off the mark after holding the ball up in the corner.
Was eyeing a second from Cancelo’s cross, but Kepa off his line to claim it.
19 mins: Now Pulisic has gone down, looks to have hurt himself in that challenge from Stones.
Not looking comfortable at all, but he’s back on his feet and trying to run it off. Or not – he’s given up on that and admitted defeat.
Chelsea’s injury list is getting longer by the minute.
17 mins: Brilliant challenge fron Stones!
City caught on the ball and Cucurella pounces to launch the counter. He plays it inside to Havertz, slid through to Pulisic and his shot is blocked behind as Stones comes flying in when the American looked certain to score.
Resulting corner doesn’t beat De Bruyne at the near post.
14 mins: Not a huge amount of action at either end so far.
City with lots of the ball, but they haven’t looked particularly dangerous with this shape. This is a bit more like it as Gundogan makes the run in behind, cut back is too close to Kepa though and he can claim.
12 mins: Pretty much all of City’s attacks are coming down the right, Cancelo playing in that more advanced role.
He looks to drift inside, overruns it though and Chelsea hack it clear. Haaland has made a few runs up front, but he hasn’t had a touch yet.
9 mins: That’s better from Chelsea, working it nicely down the left as Zakaria plays it wide to Cucurella.
He looks to put it in early for Aubameyang who had started to make a run to the near post, cross isn’t the best though and it’s straight out of play.
7 mins: Rodri is actually playing defence and midfield, pushing up when City are in possession to leave Stones as the only centre-back. Having one position clearly too boring for him.
Chelsea struggling to get any sort of possession going, visitors dominating the ball as you’d expect.
5 mins: Looked to be his hamstring being stretched out – Sterling is going off. His night is over already.
It’s Aubameyang coming on, quickly being given some instructions but there’s not really any time for that!