Sergio Aguero’s injury will force Manuel Pellegrini into making at least one change to the team which so impressively brushed aside Tottenham during the week. Edin Dzeko’s finishing was wayward in London but his overall contribution was excellent and he should be partnered by Alvaro Negredo, the Spaniard now having fully recovered from a slight shoulder problem.
Gael Clichy and Aleks Kolarov face a battle for a place on the left of defence, whilst, with Jose Mourinho expected to send out a defensive-minded unit, Martin Demichelis’s composure in possession and ability to bring the ball out from the back should see him get the nod alongside Vincent Kompany.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Mike Dean.
Prediction: MAN CITY 2 – 1 Chelsea – The visitors will arrive in the hope of a point and although they have the considerable threat of Eden Hazard in fine form, I’d expect them to sit deep, soak up pressure and try to counter-attack. The onus will be on City to break them down and although it may be tighter than many games at the Etihad this season, I’m still backing another victory with goals to be scored by Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Touré and Eden Hazard.