It's a visit to the champions for Chelsea on Saturday, and our build-up to a big game begins with all the facts and figures you need...
Manchester City vs Chelsea head-to-head record
Man City have lost more Premier League games against Chelsea (25) than they have against any other side in the competition.
Chelsea have won one and lost three of our last four Premier League away games against Man City, including our heaviest-ever defeat in the corresponding fixture last season.
This is just the fifth time in the last nine seasons that Manchester City are facing Chelsea in a Premier League game while below us in the table. The Citizens haven’t won any of the previous four in that time (two draws, two defeats).
City have stopped Chelsea from scoring in five of the last six meetings in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard will meet as managers for the first time in a competitive fixture.
Biggest league win for each team
Man City 6-0 Chelsea 2018/19
Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City 2007/08
Chelsea’s biggest win at Man City: 4-1 in 1932/33 and 1966/67
Last season's corresponding game
MANCHESTER CITY 6 CHELSEA 0
Premier League, Etihad Stadium, 10.02.19, 4pm
Manchester City (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Mahrez 68), Fernandinho (c) (D Silva 75), Gundogan; B Silva, Aguero (Jesus 65), Sterling.
Unused subs Muric, Danilo, Otamendi, Sane.
Manager Pep Guardiola
Booked Gundogan 76
Scorers Sterling 4, 80, Aguero 13, 19, 56 (pen), Gundogan 25
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso (Emerson 72); Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 52); Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 65), Higuain, Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Willian, Giroud.
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Booked Jorginho 59, Alonso 69
Referee Mike Dean
Chelsea's away form
On the road, Chelsea have won five Premier League games in a row, scoring a total of 18 goals in those games (3.6 per game on average). The Blues last strung together a longer run of away league victories in December 2016 (six in total).
Chelsea are looking to win eight consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time in our history.
The Blues have scored 18 away Premier League goals, more than any other side this season.
We have, however, conceded 17 goals in our 12 league games, with no side in the current top nine conceding more.
Frank Lampard’s side have the second-best away record in the Premier League this season with 15 points from six games, one point behind Liverpool.
Frank Lampard is the seventh English manager to win six consecutive Premier League matches, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 with Newcastle.
Chelsea have won six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2017 under Antonio Conte, in our last title-winning season. The last time we managed more successive league wins was between October and December 2016, when we achieved a club record 13.
Tammy Abraham's 10 goals in 14 Premier League games makes him, at 22 years and 38 days, the second-youngest Chelsea player to reach double figures in the competition after Arjen Robben (21 years 342 days).
Abraham has scored the first goal in five different Premier League games this season, at least two more than any other player. Tammy is also the highest away scorer in the league in 2019/20, netting as many or more goals on the road than 15 of the other 19 clubs in the division (seven).
Christian Pulisic has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games, and is looking to become the first-ever American player to score in four consecutive appearances in the competition if he plays.
Frank Lampard’s playing record for Chelsea against Man City was 14 wins, one draw and six defeats, scoring seven goals.
For City, Lampard made 38 appearances scoring eight goals, including one against Chelsea at the Etihad in September 2014.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 10, Pulisic 5, Mount 4, Kante 2, Willian 2, Alonso 1, Batshuayi 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Tomori 1
N’Golo Kante’s next appearance will be his 150th for the club.
If selected, Marcos Alonso will start a Premier League game for the 100th time for the club and Mateo Kovacic will start his 50th Chelsea game.
Michy Batshuayi made his 50th career Premier League appearance (Chelsea 39, Crystal Palace 11) in our last outing against Crystal Palace.
Manchester City statistics
Premier League: Champions
FA Cup: Winners
Carabao Cup: Winners
Champions League: Quarter-finals
Community Shield: Winners
Top scorer all competitions: Sergio Aguero 32
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Ederson 38, Laporte 34, Aguero, B Silva & Sterling 31
Most goals: Aguero 21, Sterling 17, Sane 10
Most assists: Sane 10, Sterling 10, Aguero & D Silva 8
Most clean sheets: Ederson 20
Pep Guardiola’s side have 25 points from a possible 36, nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
Manchester City have already lost three Premier League games this season – just one fewer than they did last term, and one more than they did in 2017/18.
City have won 13 of their 15 Premier League home games in 2019, scoring 41 and conceding eight. They drew against Tottenham in August and lost to Wolves in October.
Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Chelsea than any other player in the competition’s history (10). The Argentine has netted eight goals in his last six against the Blues, including a hat-trick last season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have registered four clean sheets in their last 11 league games.
Pep Guardiola’s managerial record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Aguero 9 (2 pens), Sterling 7, B Silva 5, Jesus 3, D Silva 3, De Bruyne 2, Mahrez 2, Gundogan 1, Otamendi 1, Rodrigo 1, Walker 1.
Man City’s last Premier League game
Sunday 10 November
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 1
Team 4-2-3-1: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodrigo, Gundogan; B Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero (Jesus 71)
Man City’s major summer moves
Angelino - PSV Eindhoven
Rodrigo - Atletico Madrid
Joao Cancelo - Juventus
Vincent Kompany - Anderlecht
Patrick Roberts - Norwich, loan
Fabian Delph - Everton
Danilo - Juventus
Eliaquim Mangala - Valencia
Manchester City vs Chelsea referee and VAR
Referee: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Andre Marriner
Martin Atkinson’s one Blues game this season was our 3-2 win at Carrow Road against Norwich in August.
Bernado Silva is suspended.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea (23) Jorginho 5, Alonso 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Kovacic 2, Tomori 2, Willian 2, Emerson 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Mount 1, Zouma 1
Man City (24) Sterling 4, Ederson 3, Gundogan 3, Rodrigo 3, Otamendi 2, B Silva 2, Walker 2, Angelino 1, Cancelo 1, Fernandinho 1, Jesus 1, Laporte 1