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Manchester City have two first-team players unavailable for tomorrow afternoon, which ought to offer Chelsea at least some encouragement.

We have our work cut-out to get a result tomorrow, there’s no denying that. Manchester City may have fallen short of the standards they set last season, but they remain a force, and may well retain their Premier League crown – should Liverpool slip-up (again).

This game could be decided by fine margins, which is the whole reason that we’re taking into account Manchester City’s injury problems. As per Physio Room, they have just the two sidelined, and they’re regulars in the Etihad treatment room.

Both left-back Benjamin Mendy and captain Vincent Kompany have effectively been ruled out of the game. Neither have featured regularly for City over the past 18 months, so Pep Guardiola will be well adapted to their absence. That’s unfortunate from our perspective.

We are good enough to beat City when they’re at full strength, but we’re under no illusions, it’ll be a tough fixture. Even if we are unable to overcome the reigning champions, at least it’ll be one step closer to stopping Liverpool from winning the title…

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