The lights will at last be back on at the Bridge on Thursday evening and we continue our build-up here with the key facts and figures ahead of the game...
Chelsea vs Man City head to head record
Chelsea and Manchester City lock horns for the 150th time in the league. The Blues have won 60 and lost 50 of the previous 149 meetings.
This will be only the second time Chelsea have faced Manchester City on a Thursday, the other being a 2-1 win for the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day in 1935.
Man City have won six and lost three of their past nine Premier League meetings with Chelsea.
The Citizens have lost more Premier League games against Chelsea (25) than they have against any other side in the competition.
City won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Etihad in November. The scorers were N'Golo Kante (21 minutes), Kevin De Bruyne (29), Mahrez (37).
Biggest league win for each team:
Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City 2007/08
Man City 6-0 Chelsea 2018/19
City’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 4-1 in 1978/79
Last season's corresponding match
CHELSEA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 0
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 08.12.18, 5.30pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 64); Pedro, Hazard (Giroud 90), Willian (Loftus-Cheek 75)
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Fabregas
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Booked Jorginho 63, Pedro 80
Scorers Kante 45, David Luiz 78
Manchester City (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; B Silva, Fernandinho, D Silva (c) (Gundogan 67); Mahrez (Foden 84), Sterling, Sane (Jesus 52)
Unused subs Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi.
Manager Pep Guardiola
Referee Michael Oliver
Chelsea are unbeaten in four Premier League games (winning three), netting at least twice in all four of these matches.
Chelsea are aiming to win three consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since November 2019.
Chelsea had 74 per cent possession in our win at Aston Villa, the 29th time this season we have had the majority of possession in a Premier League game, more than any other side.
Olivier Giroud has scored in three of the Chelsea’s past four Premier League games.
Frank Lampard has won 15 of his first 30 Premier League matches and is only the fifth Englishman of the 69 to have managed at least 30 games to have won at least half of his first 30 games. He is the first since Tim Sherwood in April 2015.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 13, Mount 6, Pulisic 6, Willian 5 (1 pen), Alonso 4, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Giroud 3, Kante 3, Azpilicueta 2, Rudiger 2, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Tomori 1
Frank Lampard took charge of the 100th match in his managerial career at Villa Park on Sunday wi. He has won 46 games. His record with Derby was 24 wins, 17 draws, 16 defeats. With Chelsea it is 22 wins, 9 draws, 12 defeats.
Olivier Giroud made his 50th Premier League appearance for Chelsea in the Villa game.
Man City stats
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: De Bruyne 28, Rodrigo 28, Ederson 27
Most goals: Aguero 16, Sterling 12, Jesus 10
Most assists: De Bruyne 16, Mahrez 8, B Silva 7, D Silva 7
Most clean sheets: Ederson 11, Bravo 1
Man City are the Premier League’s top scorers with 76 goals, 10 more than Liverpool (before this Wednesday’s games).
They have kept four clean sheets from their last five Premier League outings.
Man City lost their last Premier League game in London (0-2 v Tottenham). They have not lost consecutive games in the capital since December 2015.
Pep Guardiola’s side have lost seven Premier League games this season, one more than in their previous two campaigns combined.
Manchester City have lost two of their past three Premier League away games. They have not had a spell of losing three in four on the road since January 2017.
The Citizens have trailed in five Premier League games away from home this season and lost them all.
Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 16 goals (8 goals, 8 assists) in 17 Premier League starts this season.
City have scored 12 Premier League goals this season from outside the box this season, four more than any other team.
Manchester City have won 28 points away this term from a possible 45:
West Ham W 5-0
Bournemouth W 3-1
Norwich L 2-3
Everton W 3-1
Crystal Palace W 2-0
Liverpool L 1-3
Newcastle D 2-2
Burnley W 4-1
Arsenal W 3-0
Wolves L 2-3
Aston Villa W 6-1
Sheffield Utd W 1-0
Tottenham L 0-2
Leicester W 1-0
Man Utd L 0-2
Premier League scorers
Aguero 16 (2 pens), Sterling 12, Jesus 10, De Bruyne 9 (1 pen), Mahrez 9 (1 pen), B Silva 5, D Silva 4, Foden 3, Rodrigo 3, Gundogan 2, Otamendi 2,
Pep Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
Man City's last Premier League game
Monday 22 June
Manchester City 5 Burnley 0
Team 4-3-3: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho (Laporte 61), Zinchenko; B Silva, Rodrigo, D Silva (c); B Silva, Mahrez (De Bruyne 61), Aguero (Jesus 45+4), Foden (Sane 79)
Scorers: Foden 22, 63, Mahrez 43, 45+3 pen, D Silva 51
There are no suspensions.
In the Premier League, the deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the completion of the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea Jorginho 10, Kovacic 7, Christensen 5, Zouma 5, Kanté 4, Alonso 3, Emerson 3, Mount 3, Rudiger 3, Tomori 3, Willian 3, Abraham 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Pedro 1.
Man City Rodrigo 8, Gundogan 7, Fernandinho 6, B Silva 5, Sterling 5, Walker 4, Cancelo 3, Ederson 3, Otamendi 3, De Bruyne 2, Jesus 2, Mendy 2, Aguero 1, Angelino 1, Laporte 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Craig Pawson
Stuart Attwell is the official for his fourth Blues game of the season. The others were Arsenal (h), Brighton (a) and Sheffield Utd (h) that all ended in draws.
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