Unbeaten Manchester City travel to the capital to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening.
City maintained their two point advantage over Liverpool in midweek with a 2-1 away win at Watford. Riyad Mahrez scored one and assisted Leroy Sane as a rotated City side claimed another three points.
Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 defeat away at Wolves. The Blues took the lead in the first half after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s goal deflected in. Wolves hit back with a quick-fire double in the second half to stun the visitors.
Chelsea have won just one of their last four matches in the Premier League, which has seen the drop down to fourth in the table. Defeat this evening would likely see the Blues be leapfrogged by London rivals Arsenal.
Manchester City did the double over Chelsea last season, winning 1-0 on both occasions. Kevin de Bruyne scored the winner at Stamford Bridge last September.
With no new injury concerns, Chelsea boss Sarri is likely have a full strength matchday squad at his disposal once again, after the Italian made five changes for the defeat against Wolves.
David Luiz is likely to come back in for Andreas Christensen in defence, with Jorginho taking back his place from Cesc Fabregàs. Sarri may find space for Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a reward for his good performances of late.
Having rotated their squad in the Watford game, City will look to put out their strongest team with returns likely for Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling. The back four will likely be restored with Aymeric Laporte coming back in for Vincent Kompany.
Guardiola is unable to call upon first choice left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee), so Fabian Delph is likely to take his place, with young Oleksandr Zinchenko missing due to injury (face). Kevin de Bruyne (knee) remains out and is unable to feature against his former club.
The two sides have faced each other 42 times in the competition. Chelsea have 24 wins to City’s 11.