The early kick-off pits the top two against each other with the onus on the visitors to cut down City’s ten-point advantage and make a fist of this title race.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won seven in a row in all competitions and their last ten Premier League matches. In addition, they downed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season to bounce back from their Champions League final heartache in Porto.
As for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, an enjoyable week in cup competitions has seen them book a spot at Wembley in the Carabao Cup and a fourth-round FA Cup tie at home to Plymouth. But four of their last five game in the league have ended all square.
With kick-off at 12.30pm, follow all the latest updates with James Robson at the Etihad and Matt Verri…
James Robson at the Etihad
That was a wonderful save from Kepa. City should be 1-0 up, but he was off his line quickly to block Grealish’s shot.
Chelsea are finding this hard going enough without gifting City chances as Kovacic just did.
Only five minutes until half time, but Chelsea have got to get more of the ball and be more accurate with it.
41 mins: Pulisic down holding his shin, and he’s not happy with the referee. He’ll be fine to continue.
Foden and De Bruyne try a play the one-two, both go down claiming a free-kick. Neither get one.
Chelsea playing it out from the back and they very nearly gift City a goal. Kovacic’s loose pass and it falls to Grealish who is completely free.
Into the box, Kepa is out well to get a touch on the shot and it’s just wide of the far post. Grealish should really have scored.
38 mins: Another corner for City, but once again it comes to nothing. Haven’t been able to cause any real problems from set-pieces.
Walker whips a ball through to De Bruyne and he’s in behind the Chelsea the defence. Squares it towards Grealish in the box, but Rudiger is back to clear it away. And now the offside flag goes up.
35 mins: Brilliant from Foden, suddenly clicks into top gear and bursts past Kovacic, Azpilicueta and Rudiger.
It’s a really nice ball into the box too… no City shirt in there. Alonso has time to control, work it onto his left foot and then wins a cheap free-kick.
33 mins: Decent ball from De Bruyne to the far post, Alonso has to put it behind for a corner as Laporte put pressure on him.
Chelsea deal with the corner well too, as Rudiger heads it away.
31 mins: Kovacic robs Rodri in midfield, and then wins the free-kick as the Man City man tries to win it back.
It’s not been a hugely eventful first half an hour at the Etihad, but Chelsea have been solid enough at the back to keep it level. Need to make more of their opportunities on the break though.
Kovacic brings down Silva who cut across him, late challenge. Yellow-card.
28 mins: Azpilicueta plays it wide to Pulisic and he has space to run into.
Keeps hold of it for too long, and when he eventually does try to drill it into the box, Cancelo is back to block. Azpilicueta then tries to pass it back to his teammate, who is in an offside position.
26 mins: Can Chelsea break here now, as it’s played up to Lukaku?
He turns and looks to run at Stones but the touch is a really heavy one, and the England defender can poke it away. Lukaku has to be holding it up better than that.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
It is fascinating to see the fluidity of City’s attacks in comparison to Chelsea.
Sterling, Foden, Grealish and Bernardo constantly interchange positions, which makes it feel like they always have an extra man.
Compare that to Chelsea, who broke moments ago, but Lukaku was surrounded by so many City shirts that it meant Ziyech’s cross had to be absolutely perfect. It was not.
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