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 Marc Mayo…
Predicted Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Silva, Foden.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Kepa; Sarr, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Ziyech.
Early 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.
How to watch today’s game
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.
Welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of Manchester City vs Chelsea.
It’s a big one as the top two of the Premier League face off at the Etihad, so buckle up!
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