Hello and welcome along to live coverage of Chelsea’s mouth-watering Premier League clash with Manchester City, a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final later this month.
While focus on the European showpiece in Istanbul is far away at the moment, City could wrap up the Premier League title this weekend if they beat Thomas Tuchel’s side, who have lost just twice in 24 matches since the German took charge.
Chelsea have already beaten City under Tuchel’s watch as well with the Blues winning 1-0 at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final last month.
The Blues need to keep up their momentum in the race for the top four as well this weekend. Tuchel’s men occupy the final Champions League place, three points ahead of West Ham in fifth with four games to go.
Spurs are a further two points back in sixth while Liverpool another couple of points away from Spurs and seven behind Chelsea.
Tuchel will be without Mateo Kovacic for an eight game in a row this afternoon with a hamstring injury but the midfielder is the only injury absentee for the trip to the north west.
The German did hint at making changes however, saying: “I imagine we’ll need some fresh legs and fresh minds, guys who want to show they deserve a chance in a big fixture.
“If there will be new stuff tactical, I don’t know, I haven’t decided yet. I have to look at who is available. There is a high possibility we will see some changes.”
We will have all the build-up, match action and post-match reaction from the Etihad throughout the evening so don’t go anywhere for the next few hours, we have got you covered.
Source by Football London