Manchester City can move a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table by beating Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium this lunchtime.
An early start pits the top two teams against each other with the onus on the visitors to cut back on City’s 10-point advantage and beat this title race.
Pep Guardiola’s team has won seven consecutive times in all competitions and the last ten matches in the Premier League. In addition, they defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season to recover from their recent Champions League grief in Porto.
As for Thomas Tuchel Blues, a fun week in cup competitions saw him secure a place at Wembley in the Carabao Cup and an FA Cup fourth round match at home to Plymouth. But four of the last five league matches have ended in a draw.
With the match kicking off at 12:30pm, catch up on all the latest updates with James Robson at the Etihad and Matt Ferry…
28 minutes: Azpilicueta plays wide with Pulisic and has room to take it on.
He keeps it for a very long time, and when he finally tries to dig it into the chest, Cancelo returns to the ban. Azpilicueta then tries to pass it back to his teammate, who is offside.
26 minutes: Could Chelsea break here now, because it’s up to Lukaku?
He turns around and looks to run to the Stones but the touch is really heavy, and the England defender can clear it. Lukaku should have put up with it better than that.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
It’s great to see the fluidity of City’s attacks compared to Chelsea.
Sterling, Foden, Grealish, and Bernardo are constantly swapping positions, making it seem like they always have an extra guy.
Compare that to Chelsea, who broke just moments ago, but Lukaku was surrounded by so many City shirts that Ziyech’s cross must be absolutely perfect. was not.
24 minutes: Grealish has ample space and De Bruyne has space in the penalty area where it is played for him.
He tries to cut him back towards Foden, but he doesn’t do it quite right and he’s straight at Kepa. The pressure is starting to build but there are no clear opportunities yet.
22 minutes: Chelsea are very solid in form, but City can hardly find some space in the penalty area.
De Bruyne does a gentle tour of the overlap to open up some room for Silva to cut inside. He passed a ball to Sterling, but the winger was on his heels as he ran away.
20 minutes: Foden with a pass to Grealish, and he has a chance to take on Rudiger.
Instead, he picks back Cancelo, but Rudiger quickly passes to get him back and then wins a free kick for his team. Fans outside enjoy it.
18 minutes: Foden sends her to the crate but she’s right above everyone else and out of play.
Kepa steps up the defenders, wanting to send his goal kick onto the field and give his team a little bit of ground. He kicks it right for an entry throw which doesn’t help his team much.
16 minutes: City dominated possession As you’d expect, Chelsea have struggled off the counter since Lukaku’s chance.
Sterling sprinted forward and pushed toward the penalty area, Sarr had a huge slip challenge to halt his lead. Another corner.
14 minutesThe corner was taken short, before Sterling raised the ball to the back post.
Stones rises well to win the header, but heads straight for Kepa and gives the Spaniard a comfortable enough save.
13 minutes: City opens Chelsea, as Cancelo hoists a beautiful ball over the top for De Bruyne.
He keeps it in the box and puts it back in the box, but Chelsea have enough bodies to clear. The hosts quickly returned to attack, but Canquillo breaks inside and his shot is deflected back for a corner.