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Blues face Man City in top three showdown

28/09/2017

Third-placed Chelsea host second-placed Manchester City on Saturday, looking to go level on points with Pep Guardiola's side.

A win would also be a huge psychological boost for the Blues, as City are one of the favourites to win the title this season, along with fellow Manchester side United and Chelsea.

The two sides have been very even in recent years, but Chelsea have the edge. The Blues have won four of their last ten league encounters against the Sky Blues, only losing three.

Last season Antonio Conte's men beat City at home and away, winning 3-1 at the Etihad and 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

It's their home record that gives Chelsea the edge, however: the Blues have only lost one of their last five meetings with City at the Bridge.

If they want to win this time, Conte's side will have to be disciplined in defence and deadly up front. City have one of the most expensive teams ever assembled, with Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Leroy Sane and main man Kevin de Bruyne in attack.

And that's not even mentioning Sergio Aguero, who is one goal away from City's best ever goalscoring record.

If there's one side that can stand up to that at the back, and equal it in attack, it's Chelsea.

Eden Hazard proved on Wednesday that he's back to his Premier League Player of the Year best, while Alvaro Morata has hit the ground running. With Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Willian providing even more threat, City's defence are going to be up against it.

In defence, Chelsea have conceded only five goals in six games, with new boys Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger slotting in easily, while David Luiz and Gary Cahill are still up there with the best in the business.

Don't forget the fortress-like midfield of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko, or the wing specialists Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. Of course, Thibaut Courtois would make any team as the number one.

The match kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday. Check out BridgeKids shortly after for a full match report!

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