Preview: Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole looks ahead to the blockbuster Monday night Premier League game between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The two favourites for the Premier League title meet in a blockbuster Premier League fixture on Monday night as Manchester City take on Chelsea.

City entered the 24th round of fixtures as the league leaders, but must beat the Blues if they are to regain top spot following Arsenal's victory over Crystal Palace.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini was dealt a big blow last week when Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero was ruled out for a month with a hamstring strain.

Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo will lead the line as City aim to maintain their 100% home league record this season and win their ninth consecutive game.

The Citizens face a Chelsea side also on a good run of form. Jose Mourinho's team have gone eight matches unbeaten, winning six of those to come within three points of City.

When these two sides last met back in October, it was Chelsea who won the game in the dying moments through Fernando Torres after a defensive mix-up from City.

Torres is Mourinho's only real injury concern this time around and is definitely out of the squad, with Samuel Eto'o likely to lead the line.

January signing Nemanja Matic could make his full Chelsea debut if Mourinho opts for a more defensive 4-3-3 formation, instead of his usual 4-2-3-1 system.

Recent form

City: WWWWWW

Chelsea: DWWWWW

Possible starting lineups

City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Dzeko, Negredo

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Man City's Sergio Aguero scores the opening goal via the penalty spot against Viktoria Plzen during their Champions League group match on November 27, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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