Fourth-placed Chelsea are bidding to further stretch their lead and improve their chances of qualifying for the Champions League when they welcome reigning league champions Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
Frank Lampard’s charges claimed a hard-fought come-from-behind 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Aston Villa in their last clash, and will be eager to see their way past an in-form Citizens outfit who ran rampant over Burnley with a 5-0 hammering earlier this week.
Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Italian midfielder Jorginho will return to boost Chelsea’s midfield options, while Christian Pulisic is expected to start after making a huge impact off the bench for the Blues in their Villa win.
Another player who could be handed a start is French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud, who was a substitute in their last match, scoring the winning goal.
The reigning league champions will be without influential striker Sergio Aguero who injured his knee in Monday’s 5-0 win over Burnley.
Phil Foden is expected to be handed a starting berth after putting in an impressive display against the Clarets.
Pep Guardiola will bring all his big guns back, with Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all expected return to the starting XI at Stamford Bridge.
Captain David Silva is set to drop out of the side for a rest having started their last two outings.
The Citizens have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Premier League matches.
Chelsea on the other hand will fancy their chances against a dangerous City side, as the former have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven Premier League matches.