Both Chelsea and Manchester City have already proven themselves to be legitimate title contenders this season and both sides will be keen to get a major boost for their title ambitions with a win over one of their main contenders for the title.
Chelsea might have their lowest starting points total in 6 years but this hasn’t stopped Jose Mourinho’s side from sitting third in the table going into the weekend’s fixtures as they sit just 2 points behind leaders Arsenal.
will get an additional boost in the backline as Ashley Cole has finally recovered from his rib injury and likely to regain his spot in the team at the expense of Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
With Cole now fully recovered, it means that Marco Van Ginkel is the only fitness problem Jose Mourinho has going into the crunch against big-spending Manchester City.
One fact that will certainly aid Chelsea is that The Blues are on a good run of form at home in 2013 having won 11 of their last 14 Premier League ties since the start of the year.
This won’t deter Manchester City from trying to pick up the 3 points on Sunday afternoon as The Citizens are just one point behind their title rivals and they know a win will put them 2 points clear of Chelsea at the final whistle.
With Vincent Kompany still out injured, there are some questions as to who will play in defence and a surprise inclusion could be Martin Demichelis as the Argentinean has started to resume training following a persistent knee injury.
Alongside that, Jack Rodwell is set to be included in the squad for the first time this month after the England midfielder has now regained full fitness after some injury problems hampered his start to the new season.
Whilst City’s away record has been abysmal this season, they can still turn to the driving attacking duo of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo to pose Chelsea numerous problems with the partnership having scored a combined total of 9 goals already this season.
There is little to separate the two sides going into the clash at Stamford Bridge but both Chelsea and Manchester City ideally need the three points if they are to stay in touch with leaders Arsenal.