bet365 match odds: Man City 1/2, Draw 18/5, Chelsea 6/1
It was Chelsea who inflicted a first league defeat of the season on City in the reverse fixture in December, ending the champions’ long unbeaten run.
That result seems to have pierced City's veil of invincibility. Pep Guardiola’s men have lost three more times since the defeat at Stamford Bridge, including back-to-back losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.
To their credit, City dusted themselves down and have hauled themselves back into the title race.
For different reasons both these sides will be keeping watching briefs on Liverpool’s home clash with Bournemouth and Manchester United's tie at Fulham on Saturday.
By the time they take to the pitch both City and Chelsea could be trying to reclaim lost spots in the league table.
If Liverpool and Manchester United win their matches they will leapfrog City and Chelsea into first and fourth respectively.
City claimed top spot on goal difference on the back of a 2-0 win over Everton in a rearranged fixture in midweek.
It was the Citizens’ second win in four days after beating Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday.
Chelsea bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield last time out. Manager Maurizio Sarri will be demanding more of the same at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City and Chelsea meet again in the Carabao Cup final on 24 February.
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both expected to be restored to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench for the midweek trip to Everton.
Bernard Mendy, Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo remain sidelined.
Apart from Gary Cahill and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has the luxury of picking from a full squad.
Cahill, who has hardly featured this season, is nursing a back problem, while Hudson-Odoi has a fever.
Antonio Rudiger is expected to return from the injury that caused him to miss the win over Huddersfield.
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