Chelsea v/s Manchester City
Place: Stamford Bridge
Date: September 30
Time: 10 pm IST
TV: Star Sports Select HD
Live Streaming: Hotstar
Premier League leaders Manchester City and defending champions Chelsea meet in a crucial match of gameweek 6 in London on Saturday.
It will be meeting between two of league’s most in-form teams, which, if recent games are anything to go by, is sure to serve up goals.
City average 3.5 goals a game in the Premier League this season and they have amassed a total of 16 in their last three league matches, conceding none. They have scored five goals or more in their last three Premier League games, so Chelsea’s first task will be to stop them.
The hosts have not been as prolific as City, but the likes of Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi have been steadily increasing their goal tallies in the last five outings.
Chelsea won both games between the teams on their way to the title last season, winning 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium last December before triumphing 2-1 at home in April.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is expected to start in the Premier League for the first time while defender David Luiz completes his three-match domestic suspension. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is the only definite injury absentee.
City will be without Sergio Aguero after the striker suffered rib injuries in a car crash on Thursday. Left-back Benjamin Mendy is a long-term casualty after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in last week’s 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
Captain Vincent Kompany, who has missed the last six games, remains on the sidelines with a calf injury.
Man City: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mangala, Danilo, Delph, Toure, Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Jesus.
Chelsea: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.