1 January 2021

Chelsea vs Man City Preview; Ziyech In Contention  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea vs Manchester CityTeam news and stats ahead of Chelsea vs Man City in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm.

Team news

Hakim Ziyech could make his comeback from a hamstring injury in Chelsea's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Morocco forward Ziyech has been out since December 5 but has returned to training and could start at Stamford Bridge.

Man City will be without the five first-team players who have tested positive for coronavirus since Christmas Day.

Of the five now in isolation, so far only right-back Kyle Walker and striker Gabriel Jesus have been named.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a foot injury against Newcastle on Boxing Day but that is not thought to be serious.

Opta stats

Chelsea have won their last two Premier League home games against Manchester City, last winning more consecutively against them at Stamford Bridge between 2006-2009 (4).

Man City have only failed to score in one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (0-2 in December 2018), with the Citizens also keeping five clean sheets in this run.

None of the last 10 Premier League meetings between Chelsea (4 wins) and Man City (6 wins) have finished level, with the home side winning each of the last five in the competition.

Chelsea have failed to win their first Premier League game in each of the last four calendar years (D3 L1), since winning 3-0 at Crystal Palace in 2016.

Manchester City have won their first league game in 13 of the last 14 calendar years (L1), winning each of the last eight in a row since a 0-1 loss at Sunderland in 2012.

Manchester City have lost three of their last four Premier League games in London (D1), as many as they had in their first 19 league visits to the capital under manager Pep Guardiola (W14 D2 L3).

Frank Lampard has averaged 1.70 points per game as Chelsea manager, the same record as André Villas-Boas at the club in the Premier League. Of all Chelsea managers to have taken charge of 20+ Premier League games, only Glenn Hoddle (1.27), Ian Porterfield (1.28) and Ruud Gullit (1.65) have a lower such ratio for the Blues.

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne scored home and away against Chelsea in the Premier League last season - the last City player to score in three consecutive league games against Chelsea was Carlos Tevez (2009-2010).

Man City forward Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last nine appearances against Chelsea in all competitions, netting hat-tricks in this run in both April 2016 and February 2019.

36% of Chelsea's Olivier Giroud's 89 Premier League goals have been headers (32 of 89), including last time out versus Aston Villa - the Frenchman has scored more headed goals in the competition than any other player since his debut in August 2012 (32).

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