Chelsea resumes their quest for Champions League football this Thursday as they play host to Man City who are back in action following their five-nil drubbing of Burnley.
The Blues who return to action on the back of an impressive second-half showing against Aston Villa in their last game will look to pick up all three points in this tie and pull further away from the chasing pack.
City meanwhile will look to build upon their impressive two games winning run since the return of football. The visitors head into the tie with eight goals in their last two games since the restart, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi are absent for Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola lost Aguero to a knee injury last time out while Phil Foden could miss this tie after going down with an ankle sprain. Meanwhile, Eric Garcia, Claudio Bravo and John Stones also remain out.
Head to head
Man City holds a superior head-to-head record for this tie, winning four out of the last five meetings between both sides. The Citizens won the reverse fixture 2:1 with first half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez enough to see off Chelsea following an early goal from Ngolo Kante.
Chelsea last five games in all competitions: WWWDL
Man City last five games in all competitions: WWLWW
Chelsea head into this tie with three consecutive wins in all competitions. Before the season’s suspension, the blues had three wins in six PL home games.
Frank Lampard’s boys are one of the worst performers at home among the team in the top half of the table. The Blues have won just seven of their 15 home games this season, scoring 22 times and conceding 15 times.
Both teams have succeeded in scoring in just two of the last ten competitive matches. However, four of their last five home matches have featured over 2.5 goals.
Man City meanwhile heads into this tie as favourites. Since the restart of the PL, the visitors have scored eight times meaning that they have scored 28% of the total goals scored since the restart (28).
Since the beginning of the season, the visitors have failed to score only three of the 30 matches they have played. They lead the league in numbers of goals scored and have not tasted a draw in 14 of their last games in all competitions.
However, the visitors have drawn one in 15 PL away games, winning eleven and losing five in the process.
They remain the league tops scorers on the road, but have not had any of their last four away PL games feature over 2.5 goals from them. In those four games, the Citizens scored a whopping 83.33% of their goals in the second half.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 4/7
Draw first half/City to win second half @ 17/4
Under 3.5 Goals @ 8/15