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Chelsea vs Man City

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:00 AM

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COURTOIS,

IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA,

MATIC, FABREGAS,

WILLIAN, HAZARD, OSCAR,

COSTA

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

AGUERO,

SILVA, JOVETIC, NAVAS,

FERNANDO, MILNER,

KOLAROV, KOMPANY, DEMICHELIS,

ZABALETA,

HART

This is the biggest game of the Barclays Premier League season and one which could determine the eventual winners: leaders Chelsea or holders Manchester City?

Currently, there are five points behind these teams, with Chelsea looking to kick on after winning their last two Premier League games and scoring seven goals in the process. But there are only 16 games to go, so the pressure is on at Stamford Bridge.

Both teams are coming off a painful experience in the FA Cup: Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to League One side Bradford City while Manchester City suffered a similar fate, beaten 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium by Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

On Tuesday, Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 in extra time - and 2-1 on aggregate - to reach the Carling Cup final and an all-London affair against Tottenham. But the win may have come at a cost; Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for the City game after injuring a hamstring.

When these teams met at the Etihad, it was a controversial affair. Chelsea, had started the season with four straight league wins, scoring 15 goals and number 16 came via Andre Schurrle, but only after the home side had lost Pablo Zabaleta to a red card.

However, one of Chelsea's favourite sons, Frank Lampard, had only recently arrived in Manchester, and came on to steal an 85th minute equaliser, just seven minutes after replacing Aleksandar Kolarov.

Chelsea will be confident if they consult the history books; in 17 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge they have won just twice, in February 2010 and January 1993.

Last season Schurrle gave Chelsea the lead, Sergio Aguero replied and then Fernando Torres struck a 90th minute winner, the first of only five he scored last term.

Aguero is back after recovering from a knee injury but in the three games in which he has featured, he has failed to score, having netted 19 up to early December.

City are still without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony after Ivory Coast reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

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