Rafa Benitez sees his Blues side take on table topping opponents in the opening game of his Stamford Bridge reign.
Spaniard Rafa Benitez takes the helm at Stamford Bridge following the unceremonious sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and the former Liverpool boss takes on top of the table Man City in his first fixture.
Chelsea fell to defeat at West Brom last weekend and were then thumped by Juventus in midweek and Benitez will hope his side will be able to recover from a tricky week as they host a Man City side who are beginning to get into gear, at least in Premier League action, with Roberto Mancini’s side remaining the only unbeaten side in the English top tier.
Venue Stamford Bridge, Sunday 4pm
Last season Chelsea 2 Man City 1
Referee Chris Foy
This season’s matches 9 Y15, R0, 1.67 cards per game
Odds Chelsea 6-4 Man City 13-8 Draw 8-3
Subs from Blackman, Hilário, Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Marin, Bertrand, Romeu, Piazón, Sturridge, Moses, Malouda
Doubtful Cole (ankle), Sturridge (hamstring)
Injured Terry (knee, 8 Dec), Lampard (calf, 1 Dec)
Form guide LDDLWW
Disciplinary record Y16 R2
Leading scorers Mata, Torres 4
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Kompany, Zabaleta, Milner, Dzeko, Sinclair, García, K Touré, Kolarov, Nimely, Balotelli, Razak
Doubtful Balotelli (back), Clichy (ankle), Kompany (knee)
Injured Rodwell (groin, 8 Dec), Richards (knee, 15 Dec), Guidetti (leg, unknown)
Form guide WWDWWW
Disciplinary record Y11 R1
Leading scorers Dzeko, Tevez 6
Chelsea have won six of their last seven home league meetings with Manchester City. The only defeat was a 4-2 loss in February 2010.
Manchester City have won five of their last seven games in all competitions against Chelsea, including August’s Charity Shield.
There has not been a draw in the last 14 league games between the two sides since a goalless encounter in February 2005.
Rafael Benitez is the ninth manager during Roman Abramovich’s ownership of Chelsea.
Benitez has only lost one of his previous 12 Premier League encounters with Manchester City and is unbeaten in his last 10.
Fernando Torres scored 56 goals in 79 Premier League appearances under Benitez at Liverpool.
Chelsea are without a win in their last four Premier League matches, having won seven of their first eight.
The Champions League winners have conceded nine goals in their last five Premier League games.
The Londoners have not kept a clean sheet in seven Premier League games.
Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League matches, their best top flight run since a 22-game sequence in 1936-37. They are the only team in England’s top four divisions who have not lost in the league this season.
They went 14 games unbeaten from the start of last season – a run which ended with a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City’s 5-0 win against Aston Villa sent the champions to the top of the Premier League table for the first time this season.
City have the best defence in the top flight, having conceded just 10 league goals so far this season.
Carlos Tevez has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea, only Alan Shearer (8) and Thierry Henry (8) have scored more.
Mario Balotelli is one game away from his is 50th Premier League appearance.