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How Chelsea could line up against Manchester City

How Chelsea could line up against Man City
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Chelsea could line up for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no fresh injury concerns to work around for Saturday's Premier League battle with table-toppers Manchester City at the Etihad.

The Blues came through the EFL Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur unscathed but remain without Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah for the time being.

With Mendy away at the Africa Cup of Nations and also COVID-19 positive, the forgotten man Kepa Arrizabalaga will act as the last line of defence once more.

Thiago Silva's return from COVID-19 infection is timely with Andreas Christensen now positive, so Malang Sarr could earn another start alongside Antonio Rudiger at the back.

Compatriots Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso may feature on the flanks on Saturday, but Tuchel has a major call to make in the middle of the park.

N'Golo Kante is also back from his own coronavirus woes, but Mateo Kovacic's man-of-the-match showing against Liverpool could lead Tuchel to give the Croatian the nod alongside Jorginho.

Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku will expect to hold their places in the final third, although Timo Werner could find his spot under threat from Kai Havertz.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Kepa; Silva, Rudiger, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku

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2Liverpool22146258193948
3Chelsea24138348183047
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd2211563630638
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham23114841311037
6Arsenal2111373325836
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs2011362624236
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2110471916334
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2261242323030
10Leicester CityLeicester207583437-326
11Aston Villa2182112832-426
12Southampton2251072634-825
13Crystal Palace225983134-324
14Brentford2365122638-1223
15Leeds UnitedLeeds215792440-1622
16Everton2054112435-1119
17Norwich CityNorwich2244141345-3216
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2129102143-2215
19Watford2042142340-1714
20Burnley181981627-1112

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