Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Chelsea vs Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday (starting at 8.15 p.m.).
Chelsea will welcome Jorginho from suspension for his Premier League clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, a game that could seal the title for Liverpool.
Manager Frank Lampard is likely to rotate his starting lineup since Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Aston Villa to deal with the team’s congestion.
Defender Fikayo Tomori is still sidelined by a muscle complaint and could be within a week of being ready to show up. Forward Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in training but not fit, so he will be lost.
Man City has no record scorer Sergio Agüero, who underwent knee surgery after suffering an injury in Monday’s win over Burnley.
Defender John Stones (ankle) may return to contention soon, and No. 2 goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (thigh) has also been training.
Forwards Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who were on the bench when manager Pep Guardiola made eight changes Monday, could return to the starting lineup.
Liverpool, which defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday night, will be crowned champion if City don’t win.
Chelsea have alternated between defeat and victory in their last four Premier League home games against Man City, winning this exact match 2-0 last season.
Man City have won six of their last nine Premier League meetings with Chelsea (L3), as many as they had in their previous 34 against them (W6 D7 L21).
Chelsea have kept only one blank sheet in their last 11 Premier League meetings with Man City, although it was in this exact match last season (2-0).
Man City lost their last Premier League match in London (0-2 vs Tottenham). They have not lost consecutive games in the capital since December 2015, the first loss of which was also against the Spurs.
Manchester City have won 18 of their last 20 Premier League matches on weekdays (Tuesday to Thursday), losing the other two against Leicester and Newcastle in 2018-19.
Chelsea had 74% possession in their 2-1 win at Aston Villa, the 29th time this season that they have had the most possession in a Premier League game, more than anywhere else.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has won 15 of his first 30 Premier League matches and is only the fifth Englishman of 69 to have achieved at least 30 games having won at least half of his first 30 games, and the first from Tim Sherwood in April 2015.
Sergio Agüero of Manchester City has scored 10 goals in his last nine appearances against Chelsea in all competitions, including scoring two triplets in that race. In six Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, Agüero has participated in seven goals (5 goals, 2 assists).
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is looking to score in three straight Premier League appearances for the first time since January 2017, when he played for Arsenal. Giroud has scored in his last three Premier League starts against Man City, although they were between January 2015 and May 2016.
Man City striker Gabriel Jesus has scored six goals and assisted four more in 16 Premier League appearances in London, averaging one goal or assisting every 74 minutes in the capital. He has scored or assisted in seven of his eight London starts.
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