With a top-four clash taking place at Stamford Bridge this Saturday tea-time, club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview with key facts and figures ahead of the game...
Chelsea In Numbers
The Blues are unbeaten in 11 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (six wins, five draws), since a 1-3 defeat against Tottenham in April.
The Blues have lost three of our last 22 Premier League matches, winning 13 of them.
Five Chelsea players have started every Premier League match this season.
Eden Hazard has scored three goals in his past four Premier League appearances against Man City, though he has not netted in the last two.
Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his past three Premier League starts against Man City (also providing one assist).
Jorginho has made more passes in the opposition half in the Premier League than any other Chelsea player this season (797).
Hazard is our most fouled player in the Premier League this term (43).
Maurizio Sarri has not lost two successive league games as a manager since October 2016, when Napoli lost in Italy’s Serie A against Atalanta and Roma.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 7 (2 pens), Morata 5, Pedro 5, Barkley 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 2, Alonso 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Kante 1, Rudiger 1, own-goal 1
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 11
Chelsea’s next three games
Thursday 13 December - MOL Vidi v Chelsea - Europa League
Sunday 16 December - Brighton v Chelsea - Premier League
Wednesday 19 December - Chelsea v Bournemouth - Carabao Cup
Cesar Azpilicueta is due to make his 300th appearance for Chelsea. He will join 36 players who have reached that milestone for the club.
Chelsea 300 appearances club
R Harris 795, Bonetti 729, Terry 717, Lampard 648, Hollins 592, Cech 494, Wise 445, Clarke 421, Dixon 420, McCreadie 410, Bumstead 409, K Armstrong 402, Drogba 381, Osgood 380, Ivanovic 377, Cooke 373, Mikel 372, G Smith 370, Tambling 370, Bentley 367, H Miller 365, J Harris 364, Blunstone 347, Pates 346, Hinton 344, Houseman 343, A Cole 338, Harrow 334, Law 318, Hazard 317, Locke 317, Droy 313, Le Saux 312, Zola 312, Crawford 308, McNeil 306
MAN CITY IN NUMBERS
5 League championships, last in 2018
5 FA Cups, last in 2011
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970
5 League Cups, last in 2018
4 FA Charity/Community Shields, last in 2012
In their 61 Premier League games since Man City lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April 2017, Pep Guardiola’s side have won 51 and lost two, to Liverpool (Jan 14) and Manchester United (7 Apr).
They are on a 21-game unbeaten league run, winning 57 points from a possible 63, scoring 61 goals and conceding 10.
Manchester City are unbeaten in 14 away Premier League games, winning 11 and drawing three -scoring 32 goals and conceding six, never more than one conceded in a match.
City’s win against Bournemouth last weekend was Pep Guardiola’s 400th victory (out of 543) in his senior managerial career in all competitions.
City have won 17 points from a possible 21 on the road this term with five wins at Arsenal, Cardiff, Tottenham, West Ham and Watford.
Man City’s Leroy Sane has scored or assisted a goal in each of his eight Premier League starts this season.
Guardiola failed to win any of his first seven matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D4, L3) but has since won each of his last three against us.
Manager Pep Guardiola
Days in charge: 890
Pep Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Aguero 8, Sterling 8, Sane 6, D Silva 5, Mahrez 5, B Silva 4, Gundogan 3, Fernandinho 1, Jesus 1, Laporte 1, Walker 1, own-goals 2.
MAN CITY'S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Tuesday 4 December
Watford 1 Manchester City 2
Team 4-3-3: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Kompany (c), Delph; B Silva, Fernandinho, D Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sane.
Scorers: Sane 40, Mahrez 51
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 3
An away defeat: 14
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards will only count in the competition they are received. In the Premier League five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures (Watford on Boxing Day) will result in a one-match suspension.
2018/19 Premier League bookings
Kante 3, Morata 3, Rudiger 3, Alonso 2, Hazard 2, Jorginho 2, Azpilicueta 1, David Luiz 1, Fabregas 1, Christensen 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Willian 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This will only be referee Michael Oliver's second Blues game of the season. He officiated our 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Bridge in early November.