Premier League preview: Chelsea vs Manchester City likely line-ups, team news and live streaming
Chelsea marked their return to the Premier League after the COVID-19 break with a narrow 2-1 away win over Aston Villa. Manchester City, on the other hand, proved to be a handful for Arsenal and Burnley in their opening fixtures.
Having an encouraging run under former player Frank Lampard, Chelsea will next host Manchester City, aiming to further cement their spot in the top-four. You can see the match live.
Where they stand in Premier League table
While Chelsea sit fourth on the Premier League points table -- just ahead of Manchester United -- with 51 points from 30 games so far, Manchester City sit second with 63 points from as many.
Though City have seemingly lost the title race to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s men are still way ahead of most teams in the league.
Likely starting line-ups
Chelsea predicted starting XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount
Manchester City predicted starting XI: Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez
Injury updates and team news
A huge boost for Chelsea will be the availability of Jorginho, who was suspended for the last two matches. The former Napoli man has been effective under Frank Lampard alongside fellow midfielders Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante.
However, Chelsea might miss the services of Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi, both of whom remain doubtful.
Manchester City will be without their star striker Sergio Aguero, who limped off the field during their last match against Burnley. The forward has been sidelined for the remainder of the season as he looks to undergo knee surgery.
Apart from him, Manchester City will have a strong squad to field for their away trip.
Chelsea vs Manchester City head-to-head
Chelsea have faced Manchester City 45 times in the Premier League, winning on 25 occasions and losing 13 times.
More recently, Manchester City have been victorious over Chelsea in four of their last five encounters. Pep Guardiola’s men also won the reverse fixture in November.
Players to watch out for
Chelsea will be hoping Christian Pulisic to extend his form on Friday after the American international changed the course of the game for the Blues against Aston Villa.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have a number of match-winners, like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and more, who could have an impact.
What they said
Frank Lampard: "We have a job to do and our job is to go up against one of the best teams in the world over the last few seasons and try to get a result."
Pep Guardiola: “He [Lampard] was an extraordinary football player and he will be an extraordinary manager. He had a really good season and I am delighted to watch his team. They are the elite of European football. They have incredible players in all departments."
Where to watch Chelsea vs Manchester City live
The match will kick off at 12:45 am on Friday, June 26, in India and will be broadcast live on TV on the following channels: Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.
Fans can also watch live streaming of Chelsea vs Manchester City on the Disney+ Hotstar platform.