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How Manchester City could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Chelsea as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling return.

Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in a match manager Pep Guardiola has described as a "final".

The champions returned to the summit of the Premier League table with a midweek win over Everton, although the destiny of the title remains out of their hands having played a game more than Liverpool.

Any slip-up against Chelsea - who have already beaten City once this season - would hand the Reds an even bigger advantage in the title race, so only a win will do for the hosts.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Guardiola could line his side up for the contest.



Possible MNC XI vs. CHE

Out: Vincent Kompany (muscle), Claudio Bravo (Achilles)
Doubtful: Benjamin Mendy (knee)

> Click here for the latest Man City injury and suspension news

Man City remain hopeful that Benjamin Mendy could be fit to return this weekend after missing the last four games due to his knee flaring up following his comeback from a lengthy injury.

The Frenchman may not be thrown straight into the starting XI for such a big game, though, particularly as Aymeric Laporte has impressed at left-back in the past two games, picking up an assist and a goal in those matches.

Nicolas Otamendi could therefore start once again, while the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will be hopeful of recalls to the side after being rested against Everton in midweek.

Bernardo Silva has established himself as one of Guardiola's most trusted players, but he played the full 90 minutes against both Arsenal and Everton and therefore may be rested for this one.

Sergio Aguero is expected to lead the line once again, despite Gabriel Jesus coming off the bench to make sure of the points at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

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

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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