A mouthwatering meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City kicks off the Premier League action this weekend, and our build-up begins with all the notable match stats and information...
Chelsea vs Man City head to head
Manchester City have won three of their last six Premier League away games at Stamford Bridge.
Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to win back-to-back away top-flight games against Chelsea for the first time since January 1955.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic (Havertz 77), Kante (Gilmour 64), Mount; Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 63), Werner, Pulisic
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Emerson, Jorginho, Abraham, Giroud
Booked: Pulisic 45+1, Kante 52, Kovacic 70
Scorer: Hudson-Odoi 90+2
Head coach: Frank Lampard
Manchester City (4-3-3): Steffen; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; B Silva, Rodrigo, Gundogan (Fernandinho 74); Sterling, De Bruyne (c) (Aguero 86), Foden (Mahrez 86)
Unused subs: Carson, Mendy, Harwood-Bellis, Mbete, Delap
Booked: B Silva 90
Scorers: Gundogan 18, Foden 21, De Bruyne 34
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Chelsea are looking to win four successive home Premier League games for the first time under Tuchel.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in six consecutive away Premier League games against the ‘big six’ (five wins, one draw), scoring 10 and conceding only two goals.
Chelsea have now kept more clean sheets (15) than we have conceded goals (14) in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel (24 games).
Our 14 goals this season have come from 11 different players: Lukaku 4, Alonso 1, T Chalobah 1, Havertz 1, James 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Pulisic 1, Rudiger 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1
Chelsea have kept more clean sheets in all competitions (24) than we have conceded goals (18) under Thomas Tuchel.
Man City stats
Premier League - Champions
FA Cup - Semi-finals
League Cup - Winners
Champions League - Runners-up
Top scorer all competitions - Ilkay Gundogan 17
This season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Cancelo, Dias, Ederson, Grealish and Gundogan all 5
Most goals: Torres 2
Most assists: Jesus 3
Most clean sheets: Ederson 4
Red cards: None
Since the start of last season, Ederson (23) and Edouard Mendy (19) have kept more Premier League clean sheets than any other keeper.
Against Southampton last week, Manchester City drew for the first time in 2021 (31 Premier League games), since a 1-1 encounter with West Brom at the Etihad in December 2020.
Manchester City have faced just six shots on target in the Premier League this season, with three of those coming in their opening match against Tottenham.
Manchester City had just one shot on target in the whole game against Southampton last week (Phil Foden in the 90th minute), their lowest tally in a Premier League match since March 2017 when they also managed just one, against Stoke City.
City have failed to score in two of their five Premier League games this season, as many as they had in their previous 30 in the competition.
Ederson has kept a clean sheet in 50 per cent of his Premier League games for Man City: 150 games, 75 clean sheets.
Pep Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
Man City's last Premier League match
Saturday 18 September 2021
Manchester City 0 Southampton 0
Team (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Gundogan, Fernandinho (c) (De Bruyne 65), B Silva (Foden 72); Jesus (Mahrez 67), Sterling, Grealish
Man City's summer transfer window
Scott Carson - Derby
Jack Grealish - Aston Villa
Sergio Aguero - Barcelona
Eric Garcia - Barcelona
Jack Harrison - Leeds
Ivan Ilic - Hellas Verona
Lukas Nmecha - Wolfsburg
Patrick Roberts - Troyes, loan
Philippe Sandler - Troyes, loan
There are no suspensions
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: Alonso 1, Mendy 1, Rudiger 1, Werner 1
Man City: Rodrigo 2, Grealish 1, Gundogan 1, Laporte 1
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Darren England
Michael Oliver’s first Chelsea game since our FA Cup final defeat to Leicester in May. His last Premier League game was our 4-1 victory at Crystal Palace the previous month.