Manchester City are at the Etihad Stadium for this weekend’s Premier League showdown versus Chelsea.
The Citizens attained the 75-point mark after a 3-0 triumph over Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday night, and they will be aiming for a victory over the Blues on Sunday in order to edge closer to the English crown.
On the contrary, the Blues need a positive result out of their Manchester trip, having already fallen two points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League spot. They come off a 2-1 defeat to City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United.
Manchester City (Manchester Evening News):
Following the 3-0 league triumph over Arsenal, Pep Guardiola allayed fears over a calf injury to Kyle Walker by suggesting that the Englishman had only suffered a minor knock. Aside from this, Raheem Sterling is a potential contender to make the matchday squad after building up his fitness following a muscular problem. Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy remained sidelined for the game, though the latter has provided an update on his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament injury. Speaking to the club’s official website, the ex-Monaco man was positive about making a comeback next month, and he is hoping to feature in the Manchester derby.
Chelsea (Official website):
Speaking ahead of the Citizens game, Antonio Conte confirmed that there were not any major injury concerns from the previous outing at Old Trafford. Nevertheless, the Blues will be without the services of teenage defender Ethan Ampadu with a hamstring problem (physioroom), and he has joined the likes of David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the treatment room. Other than this, there was a positive update on Ross Barkley, who returned from a muscular strain earlier in the week, and Conte is expected to make a decision on whether the midfielder makes the bench on match day.