Sunday 24 February 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 13:30
Tickets: Sold Out
Last Season: City 2-1 Chelsea
Match Officials: Referee: Andre Marriner; Assistants: D Cann, D England; Fourth official: M Jones
CITY – Vincent Kompany remains a serious doubt with the calf injury that has kept him out of the last four matches, while Micah Richards is still out but nearing a return. Gareth Barry has an ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup match with Leeds and will be assessed beforehand.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Sinclair, Nasri, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko.
CHELSEA – Frank Lampard returns after missing Chelsea’s Europa League match on Thursday, as will Demba Ba, Ashley Cole, and Branislav Ivanovic. Oriol Romeu (knee) remains absent.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Ake, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Ba.
If City fail to beat Chelsea, it will be the 1st time the Blues have gone 4 PL games without a win under Roberto Mancini.
City have only won 1 of their last 4 Premier League meetings with Chelsea but have won the last 3 in a row at home.
They have scored 25 goals in the final half hour of Premier League matches this season, more than any other team.
Carlos Tevez has failed to score in his last eight league appearances.
Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games.
Chelsea are vying to earn successive league wins for the first time this year.
They have earned 25 points from 14 league matches under Rafa Benitez, one point more than Roberto Di Matteo managed from two fewer games in charge.
Frank Lampard will make his 550th league appearance. He has scored 199 goals for Chelsea, three behind Bobby Tambling’s club record tally. He has scored in four successive Premier League appearances for the first time since August 2010 and has 11 goals in only 13 league starts this season.
Juan Mata has been involved in 19 goals (10 goals, nine assists) in 20 league starts for Chelsea this season.
Roberto Mancini again faced questions about his future at this week’s pre-match press conference. It’s becoming tiresome but see the video below for his latest rebuttal.
We’ve also gathered together pre-match quotes from Rafa Benitez, Demba Ba, Sergio Aguero and Mancini here.
Inside the Opposition:
This week, we spoke to two Chelsea fans, Ramon, who edits Mowing Meadows, and Sam, who’s a contributor to the Plains of Almeria site. Both are fascinating interviews. Part 1 with Ramon is here, and Part 2 with Sam is here.
Kick-off 3pm unless other wise stated
SAT 23 FEB 2013
Fulham v Stoke 12.45pm
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Norwich v Everton
QPR v Man Utd
Reading v Wigan
West Brom v Sunderland
SUN 24 FEB 2013
Man City v Chelsea 1.30pm
Newcastle v Southampton 1.30pm
MON 25 FEB 2013
West Ham v Tottenham 8pm