Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have slipped up on a number of occasions already this season and have a hefty eight-point deficit to make up in their title battle with Arsenal, who were held by Newcastle on Tuesday.
After drawing with Everton at the weekend, City arguably must win at Chelsea as they face serious questions of their credentials despite Erling Haaland’s superlative goalscoring form. Plenty of issues are piling up at Chelsea however, following a drab second-half display in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest that took the shine off a post-restart win over Bournemouth.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Manchester City is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
The match will take place at Stamford Bridge in west London.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Man City
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 6.30pm.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the Sky go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the ground.
Chelsea vs Man City team news
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Silva, Cucurella; Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Pulisic; Havertz, Sterling
Subs: Bettinelli, Chalobah, Humphreys, Hall, Jorginho, Gallagher Chukwuemeka, Hutchinson, Aubameyang
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva, Haaland, Foden
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Akanji, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis.
Chelsea vs Man City prediction
Chelsea have drawn two, lost two against sides in the top six this season and look vulnerable to another beating here - although there are certainly some cracks in City’s armour.
A 1-0 City win.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
City have won these two teams’ last three meetings without conceding.
Chelsea wins: 71
Man City wins: 62
Chelsea vs Man City match odds
Man City: 13/20
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).