Chelsea vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Having made it to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time, Manchester City will now be aiming to strengthen their position in the top four of the Premier League when they travel to Chelsea.

At the beginning of the season this may have seemed like a fixture that could have had a large bearing on the destination of the title, but for Chelsea it is merely a case of giving youngsters a chance to impress and attempting to finish as high up the Premier League table as possible.

Their last game ended in Guus Hiddink’s first defeat since returning as interim manager as they were outdone by Swansea City, meaning that they remain in 10th place and simply waiting for the season to come to a close.

With the quality of players on display, this should still be a match more than worth watching, and it is another chance for striker Alexandre Pato to prove that he deserves to stay in West London beyond the summer as he looks to rebuild his career.

The Brazilian took some time to build up his match fitness after joining before netting from the penalty spot when he eventually made his debut at Aston Villa. It will also be a major test for young defender Matt Miazga, as he comes up against the sheer quality of Sergio Aguero.

A penalty miss from Aguero did not prove costly as City registered a famous and hugely significant victory over Paris St. Germain, getting on top of their opponents with a hardworking and disciplined showing that was more than worthy of a place in the last four of the Champions League.

Once again this season it was Kevin de Bruyne who made all the difference, scoring the vital goal and doing enough to suggest that he is now extremely important to how the club fares. How his absence was felt during his recent injury lay-off.

In their last Premier League match it was de Bruyne again who made his presence felt, coming off the bench to inspire a narrow victory over West Bromwich Albion. That encounter also saw a first Premier League start of the season for Samir Nasri, who scored the winner to mark an impressive performance of his own.

Diego Costa will be back for Chelsea after he completed a three-match ban, but they are still unable to call upon Eden Hazard, Loic Remy, John Terry and Kurt Zouma.

This is likely to come too soon for Man City duo Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling, who are not far away from recovering from calf and groin injuries respectively.

Last Meeting: This had the makings of a key game in last season’s title race and the 1-1 draw that resulted ensured that Chelsea maintained a five-point lead over City at the top. Loic Remy gave the hosts the lead in a disappointing match four minutes before the interval with a close range finish, only for David Silva to level shortly after Thibaut Courtois flapped at a cross.

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