Chelsea host Manchester City this evening as they look to regain their grip on the Premier League title.
Antonio Conte’s men were ten points clear and appeared to be cruising to victory, but Crystal Palace had other ideas. Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke handed the visitors an advantage that Chelsea were unable to overturn, and their lead was cut to seven.
Tonight’s game provides an opportunity for the Blues to stamp their authority on the league and all-but end Man City’s title challenge. After three consecutive draws, City find themselves 11 points adrift of the top spot and cannot afford to allow that deficit to grow any further.
They will have to do it without Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus, however, who all miss out through injury. Victor Moses, who missed the weekend’s clash against his former club Crystal Palace, remains injured and is replaced by Kurt Zouma with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-wing-back.
A surprise inclusion for the visitors is Fabian Delph, who starts in the heart of the midfield. Vincent Kompany also returns at the back.
Here’s how both sides line up in full:
Team to face Man City: Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CHEMCI
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 5 April 2017
— Manchester City (@ManCity) 5 April 2017