Both sides are expected to firmly challenge for this season’s title, and thus will be out to secure bragging rights early on in the campaign.
Chelsea’s title-defence got off to a terribly disappointing start, as they drew 2-2 with Swansea City at Stamford Bridge, with Thibaut Courtois being shown a red card early in the second-half.
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Diego Costa was unexpectedly named in Mourinho’s starting XI last week, in what was a line-up with no changes to the side that stunned England’s top flight in the 2014-15 campaign, and is likely to again start in Manchester.
Courtois, meanwhile, is serving his one-match ban, and Asmir Begovic will thus take his place as the the No.1 for the clash against the Citizens.
Here’s our predicted Chelsea XI…
GK – Asmir Begovic
The 28-year-old replaced Courtois following the Belgian’s red card last week, and impressed on his domestic debut, suggesting that he could well challenge for the No.1 spot.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea’s full backs will need to be at their best today with such pace in the City attack. Azpilicueta continues to impress, but competition is surely a must to keep the Spaniard on his toes.
CB – John Terry
Terry was handed a stern test by the Swans’ Bafetimbi Gomis in their opening game, but will face an even tougher task to keep Sergio Aguero away from goal.
CB – Gary Cahill
Despite competition from Kurt Zouma, Cahill deservedly remains Mourinho’s first-choice to partner Terry. News that the Blues are interested in Everton’s John Stones, however, may have worried the England international.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Last week, the accomplished Ivanovic was given the runaround by Swansea’s Jefferson Montero, and this week, will have £49m man Raheem Sterling to contend with.