The Blues will be heading up north this weekend. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of Sunday's big match...
Chelsea In Numbers
Chelsea were the last side to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.
Chelsea have not won in our past six Premier League away games against ‘big-six’ opposition (two draws, four defeats), losing the last four in a row.
Last weekend’s game against Huddersfield was the 37th time we have scored five or more goals in a Premier League match.
Gonzalo Higuain is our 134th different scorer in the Premier League (excluding own-goals).
Higuain is the first Chelsea player to score twice on his home league debut since Mario Stanic against West Ham in August 2000.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 12 (4 pens), Pedro 7, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Kante 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 3, David Luiz 2, Higuain 2, Alonso 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Rudiger 1, own-goal 1
League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 9
An away defeat: 0
Chelsea’s next three games
Thursday 14 February - Malmo v Chelsea - Europa League
Monday 18 February - Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Cup
Thursday 21 February - Chelsea v Malmo - Europa League
If selected, Antonio Rudiger will make his 50th start in the Premier League.
Andreas Christensen made his 50th for the club in all competitions against Huddersfield.
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
5 FA Charity/Community Shields, last in 2018
Pep Guardiola’s side have scored with their first shot on target in 15 Premier League games this season – six more than any other team.
City have won 13 of their past 14 Premier League home games, including each of their last three.
Manchester City have the best home record in the Premier League this season with 36 points from a possible 39. Crystal Palace are the only team to come away from the Etihad with points when they won 3-2 just before Christmas.
They have won the other 12 against Huddersfield, Newcastle, Fulham, Brighton, Burnley, Southampton, Manchester United, Bournemouth, Everton, Liverpool, Wolves and Arsenal.
Manchester City have scored at least twice in each of their last 14 Premier League home games, winning 13 of those. If they score twice on Sunday, they will set a new competition record for scoring more than once in consecutive home games.
City have scored an average 3.3 goals per home game in the Premier League this term.
Sergio Aguero scored his 14th hat-trick for City against Arsenal last week and his 10th in the Premier League. Only Alan Shearer has scored more Premier League hat-tricks (11).
Aguero has scored 22 goals in his last 18 Premier League games at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won six of their past eight Premier League games against ‘big-six’ opponents (one draw, one defeat to Chelsea).
Only Ederson has started all 26 Premier League games for City.
Fifty per cent of Manchester City’s goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been from set pieces; the highest ratio in the division (10/20).
Guardiola has lost more league games against Chelsea than he has versus any other team in his managerial career (three).
Manager Pep Guardiola
Days in charge: 954
Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Aguero 14, Sterling 10, Sane 8, Jesus 6 (1 pen), D Silva 6, Mahrez 5, B Silva 5, Gundogan 4, Laporte 2, Danilo 1, Fernandinho 1, De Bruyne 1, Walker 1, own-goals 4
MAN CITY’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Wednesday 6 February
Everton 0 Manchester City 2
Team 4-3-3: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte; Gundogan, Fernandinho, D Silva (c) (De Bruyne 89); B Silva, Aguero (Jesus 80), Sane (Sterling 59).
Scorers: Laporte 45+2, Jesus 90+7
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 14
A home defeat: 3
There are no suspensions.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Mike Dean is the official for his third Blues game this season. He was the man in charge at West Ham in September and at home to Man Utd in October.