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How Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Saturday's Stamford Bridge showdown with Premier League leaders and champions Manchester City.

Chelsea welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking to arrest a recent slump in form.

Maurizio Sarri's side have won just one of their last four league games and have lost two of their last three, including a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek.

A 10-point gap now separates Chelsea from Pep Guardiola's side when just a few weeks ago the Londoners looked like potential title challengers, and defeat on Saturday could end any lingering hopes of clawing their way back into the race.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up against the champions.



Possible CHE XI vs. MNC

Out: Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: Victor Moses (back), Ross Barkley (ankle)

Sarri handed rare starts to Andreas Christensen and Cesc Fabregas at Molineux, but both are expected to drop out of the side for this one as the Blues return to full strength.

Jorginho and David Luiz will return in their place, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek could keep his spot in the side after scoring against Wolves. An ankle problem for Ross Barkley is likely to help his cause, although Mateo Kovacic is also in contention for a midfield spot.

There could be further changes up front, with Alvaro Morata once again failing to impress against Wolves and facing a battle to keep his place in the side under pressure from Olivier Giroud.

Willian was also underwhelming at Molineux and so Pedro - who has five Premier League goals to his name already this season - could come in to the front three alongside Eden Hazard.

> Click here to see how Man City could line up for this fixture

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Ross Barkley in action for Chelsea in the EFL Cup on January 24, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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