Feb 24, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
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Preview: Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the match against rivals Manchester United on December 9, 2012
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Sports Mole looks ahead to this Sunday's Premier League battle between Manchester City and Chelsea.

A 15-point gap could be separating Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premier League table by the time the blue half of Manchester line up against Chelsea on Sunday.

While City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to concede the title fight, a 15-point stretch could be too much of a gulf for City to handle, while the Blues aim to remain in the top four with Tottenham Hotspur breathing down their necks.

The league rivals, who played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in November, head into the contest on the back of the exact same form of three wins, one defeat and two draws in their last six league outings.

City are expected to welcome back Joe Hart, Gael Clichy and Edin Dzeko after they missed out on featuring in the club's 4-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup, while Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez could opt for Demba Ba up top in place of Fernando Torres.

Recent form

Manchester City: LDDWW

Chelsea: WLDWD

Possible starting lineups

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Toure, Garcia; Silva, Aguero, Milner; Dzeko

Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Lampard, Ramires; Mata, Hazard, Moses; Ba

Sports Mole says: 1-2

Edin Dezko
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