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Preview: Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole previews the match between Premier League champions Manchester City and current leaders Chelsea.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that midfielder Frank Lampard will be involved against his former club on Sunday afternoon.

The 36-year-old has played just 45 minutes for the Premier League champions, but Pellegrini could include him from the start on Chelsea's visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Defender Pablo Zabaleta will return after his suspension in the Champions League, Jesus Navas could get the nod over Samir Nasri, while Sergio Aguero is likely to replace Edin Dzeko in attack.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted at his pre-match press conference that striker Diego Costa is struggling with a hamstring problem but that the Spain international would be recalled to the starting lineup.

The return of Costa is likely to be one of a number of changes made by Mourinho, with Cesar Azpilicueta likely to replace Filipe Luis and Andre Schurrle in contention to partner Ramires and Eden Hazard in an attacking-midfield three behind Costa.

Chelsea currently hold a 100% record in the Premier League with their one blemish coming against Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Recent form

Manchester City: WWLDL

Chelsea: WWWWD

Possible starting lineups

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Lampard; Navas, Silva, Toure; Aguero

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Ramires, Hazard; Costa

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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The Chelsea team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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