Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.
John Terry and Frank Lampard remain unavailable for Chelsea, and we are awaiting news on Daniel Sturridge, who missed the midweek defeat to Juventus with a hamstring strain. Everyone else is fit and available and will be looking to impress new manager Rafa Benitez.
Chelsea's form hasn't been good, and ultimately led to Roman Abramovich making yet another managerial change. Chelsea have taken two points from a possible twelve in the Premier League, which isn't good enough for a side that was sitting top of the pile a month ago. In the Champions League, Chelsea have lost two of the last three games and have left qualification to the next stages out of their own hands. We are looking for an immediate response on Sunday.
Chelsea have won six out of the last seven games between these sides at Stamford Bridge, with the most recent being the 2-1 win last season. Goals from Raul Meireles and Frank Lampard gave us the three points after Mario Balotelli had opened the scoring for the visitors. City remain the only unbeaten side in the Football League. The same applied when we played them last season, and we all saw what happened.
Chelsea win at 2.55. I fancy us to get our season back on track with a win against our title rivals.
Under 1.5 goals at 4.60. Neither side wants to lose this one and it could be a tight, tense affair.
Fernando Torres to score first at 8.00. Rafa's back and is sure to get Torres firing again. The Spaniard has something to prove and will look to get a goal on Sunday.
Score prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Man City (10.00)
Man City perspective: Ric Turner, BlueMoonMCFC.
Captain Vincent Kompany picked up an injury in the midweek draw with Real Madrid, and is likely to miss out. Gael Clichy and Mario Balotelli are also doubtful, whilst Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell remain absent. Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry are pushing for recalls to the starting XI having been benched for the Madrid clash.
City are beginning to rediscover their domestic form, with six wins in the last seven games. The 5-0 scoreline in the win against Aston Villa last Saturday flattered City somewhat, but Roberto Mancini will be encouraged by another clean sheet and chances being converted at the other end. While our Champions League campaign has been fairly disastrous, a 1-1 against Real Madrid in itself isn’t a bad result and confidence will be gained by the way we matched them in the second half.
Our record at Stamford Bridge over the years hasn’t been great, although we were unfortunate to lose their last season when a blatant penalty appeal was ignored with City leading 1-0 and dominating the game. We memorably won 4-2 at the Bridge in 2010, and also comfortably beat Chelsea in this season's Community Shield. Beware, however, the “new manager syndrome”, even if it is Rafa Benitez.
The draw at 3.50. Neither side will want to lose this one, and I think the draw is the likely outcome.
Under 2.5 goals at 2.30. I can see this being a cagey affair with few goals.
Sergio Aguero to score at 2.80. Aguero has scored five goals in his last four games, evidence that he is returning to top form.
Score prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Man City (7.50)