#BPL: Man City,Chelsea in Titanic Battle at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City will

take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in a clash of sides who many consider will be fighting it out for the title next May. Chelsea won this corresponding fixture 1-0 last season – the only team to come away from the Etihad in the league with a win – as Jose Mourinho’s side did the double over Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

However ,  City have already slipped to a home defeat this term – a 1-0 reverse to Stoke – and followed that loss with a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Those slip-ups see the champions already sitting five points behind early league leaders Chelsea, who have four wins out of four this term.

Star striker Diego Costa has come into the side to fire the Blues to the top, with seven goals already this campaign. Pellegrini will have to come up with a plan to contain the striker in what should prove a mouth-watering tactical clash with ‘Special One’ Mourinho, who was widely praised for the tactics employed to win at the Etihad last term.

Costa will start for Chelsea despite a hamstring problem. The striker was only a substitute in Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Schalke and cannot play more than one full game a week at present. City’s star striker Sergio Aguero is also set to start after he was rested for the Bayern Munich clash.

The game is sure to prove emotional for Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who left Stamford Bridge in the summer after 13 seasons, signing for New York City FC before being loaned to Manchester City in a six-month deal.
Both teams go into the clash after midweek UEFA Champions League games against German opposition – City going down to a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, while Chelsea were held 1-1 by Schalke.

Manchester City have only failed to score in two of their last 71 home league games; against Stoke last time out and against Chelsea last season. Meanwhile Chelsea have won away from home at Manchester City more often than any other team in Barclays Premier League history (11 times).

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