Manchester City vs Chelsea: Premier League preview

With City so far ahead, even a loss to second-placed Chelsea wouldn’t exactly derail their own push for the title though a win would all but put the west London side out of contention.

Frankly, Pep Guardiola teams just do not let 13-point leads slip.

Still, Chelsea can obviously take heart from their Champions League triumph over the champions and have recently hit form following a difficult December.

A real heavyweight clash, here’s all you need to know.

Date, kick-off time and venue

The Premier League game is scheduled for a 12.30pm kick-off time on Saturday January 15, 2022.

The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will host.

Where to watch Manchester City vs Chelsea

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog, James Robson will be providing live updates.

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Manchester City vs Chelsea team news

City are still waiting on a couple of players to return from Covid-19, thought to be Ederson, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Riyad Mahrez is away at AFCON.

Chelsea, meanwhile, welcomed both Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante back from the virus during the win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and Malang Sarr impressed too.

The young Frenchman could start at the Etihad with Andreas Christensen testing positive to join Reece James (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring) and Edouard Mendy (AFCON) on Chelsea’s absentee list.

Manchester City vs Chelsea prediction

Here’s where it gets tricky.

Chelsea have proven they can beat City under Thomas Tuchel’s watch but Guardiola’s side are usually so strong at home. During December, it might have seemed fair to suggest the champions would romp to victory but Chelsea’s recent improvement is worth noting.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

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