Chelsea v Manchester City: match preview

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Chelsea v Manchester City: probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Chelsea Match previews Chelsea v Manchester City: match preview

Chelsea’s complaints about a lack of recovery time after Wednesday’s eye-catching success at Atlético Madrid have been overshadowed somewhat by the untimely loss to injury of Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Agüero for Manchester City. Yet the visitors will still arrive at Stamford Bridge brimming with attacking intent, and Antonio Conte’s side, rejigged or not, will need to rescale the heights of their display at the Wanda Metropolitano to check the leaders’ progress. The suspicion is this could actually end up as fascinating a duel between Conte and Pep Guardiola as the players out on the field. Dominic Fifield

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

Venue Stamford Bridge

Last season Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1

Live BT Sport 1

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season G3, Y9, R1, 3.67 cards per game

Odds H 9-5 A 6-4 D 5-2

Chelsea

Subs from Caballero, Eduardo, Rüdiger, Zappacosta, Scott, Clarke-Salter, Fàbregas, Kenedy, Batshuayi, Willian, Musonda

Doubtful Pedro (match fitness), Morata (match fitness)

Injured Drinkwater (calf, 14 Oct)

Suspended David Luiz (last of three)

Form LWWWDW

Discipline Y13 R3

Leading scorer Morata 6

Manchester City

Subs from Bravo, Mangala, Touré, Foden, Adarabioyo, Díaz, Delph, Gündogan, Sterling, Zinchenko

Doubtful None

Injured Agüero (rib, Dec), Mendy (knee, Apr), Kompany (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Form WDWWWW

Discipline Y14 R2

Leading scorer Agüero 6

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