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League leaders Chelsea travel to the Etihad stadium today to face Man City who are just one point behind them in the table.

Chelsea are on a seven match winning streak since changing to a 3-4-3 formation. This stretching all the way back to September’s 3-0 defeat at Arsenal scoring 19 goals and conceding just one in the process.

The match will feature the Premier League’s two top scorers Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero who are both locked on 10 goals each.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea have been unchanged for the last six league matches and are expected to make it seven on Saturday.

Kurt Zouma is fit again following an anterior cruciate ligament injury, he isn’t likely to feature with Conte wanting to keep the same defence that’s done so well in the last 2 months.

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John Terry will miss out again with injury, while Cesc Fabregas and Willian are set to be on the bench.

POSSIBLE LINE UPS

Man City: Bravo; Kolarov, Otamendi, Stones, Fernandinho, Sagna; Fernando, Silva, De Bruyne, Nolito, Aguero

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Chelsea have lost six of their last eight games away to Man City in all competitions, with their only win coming courtesy of a Branislav Ivanovic strike in February 2014.

Man City won 3-0 in both Premier League meetings last season. Chelsea beat them 5-1 in a FA Cup fifth-round game in February in which the visitors fielded a weakened side.

Chelsea have won 11 games away at Manchester City in the Premier League.

Chelsea could record eight consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since 2010 (the final three games of 2009-10 and first five in 2010-11).

That winning streak was ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City in September 2010.

This is Chelsea’s best winning streak in a single season since a nine-match run in 2006-07.

Diego Costa has been involved in 14 Premier League goals this season (scoring 10, assisting four) – more than any other player.

Nemanja Matic has provided six Premier League assists this season, which is one more than in his previous two campaigns combined.

WHAT THE MANAGER SAYS

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte:

“It will be a tough game, a great test for us for our formation.

“We know it won’t be easy, we face a really great team. We want to show we are working very well and growing and another step to show if something is changing from the start of the season.”

DATE AND START TIME

Kick off time is at 12.30pm (UK Time). The match will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

TV AND LIVE COVERAGE

Sky Sports 1 will show the game, highlights can be seen in the evening on BBC 1’s match of the day.

SCORE PREDICTION

Man City 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea are on a 7 match unbeaten run, both teams are playing well and this should be the hardest game of the season.

I grew up watching the likes of Zola, Di Matteo and Wise in the 90's. In 2004 i founded TalkChelsea.

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