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Manchester City vs Chelsea is a massive fixture in the Premier League title race on Saturday (watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on peacock bounty) as two heavyweights collide at the Etihad Stadium.

It will be epic.


Pep Guardiola’s boys are on fire at the moment and have won 11 Premier League games in a row, moving them 10 points clear at the top of the table. Chelsea are in second place and it’s a huge opportunity for City to deliver a hammer blow to Chelsea’s title hopes, while making it very difficult for third-placed Liverpool as well. Guardiola has rotated his squad expertly over the festive period and injuries have been pretty kind to City. Defensively they continue to excel and they have so many options in attacking midfield that everyone has stopped talking about them signing a central striker. For now. City struggled against Chelsea as they lost three in a row to Thomas Tuchel’s side at the end of last season. However, they comfortably beat them at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and will be heavy favorites heading into this game.

As for Chelsea, Tuchel will draw confidence from FA Cup, PL and UEFA Champions League final wins over City at the end of last season, but he knows it will be their toughest test in the league. Les Bleus are in the Coupe de la Ligue final and their confidence and defensive stability are starting to return. Romelu Lukaku’s situation is now settled and everyone has moved on, and it looks like a pivotal game in Chelsea’s season. Win and they could fight for the title, as many (including yours) advised them to do at the start of the campaign. To lose? Well, that’s pretty much goodnight Vienna for their title dreams. What a game it should be as Chelsea’s defensive juggernaut attempt to halt City’s deft attack in a veritable clash of styles.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea.

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Manchester City injury news, line-up options

John Stones is doubtful after suffering a stroke, while Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko recently tested positive for COVID-19. Liam Delap remains with an ankle injury and Riyad Mahrez represents Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations. Jack Grealish is expected to enter the starting line-up, while Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are expected to play as centre-backs.

Chelsea injury news, line-up options

The Blues have Ben Chilwell out for the season after his ACL injury and Reece James is set to miss plenty of time with a hamstring problem. That leaves Thomas Tuchel short at the back, but it’s likely Cesar Azpilicueta will line up on the right and Marcos Alonso on the left. Andreas Christensen is out after a positive COVID-19 test. The only other issues are Edouard Mendy taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, while Trevoh Chalobah is out with a hamstring problem.

How to watch Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream and start time

Kickoff: 7:30 a.m. ET
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
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