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Team news: Man City vs Chelsea

Christian Pulisic starts for Chelsea today with Mason Mount named on the bench for the first time in a league game this season. 

Tammy Abraham leads the line with Willian on the other flank. Jorginho returns from suspension and is supported in midfield by Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante, the Frenchman playing his 150th Chelsea game. 

Emerson is at left-back and Cesar Azpilicueta returns on the right. Reece James drops to the bench. 

Ederson and David Silva return for our hosts. 

Chelsea Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Abraham, Pulisic. 

Subs Caballero, Christensen, James, Mount, Pedro, Giroud, Batshauyi. 

Man City Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodrigo, D.Silva (c), Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling. 

Subs Bravo, Walker, Angelino, Otamendi, Gundogan, Foden, Jesus. 

The referee is Martin Atkinson.


Stats recap

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.


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.

Chelsea landmarks 

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).

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