Antonio Conte confident Chelsea's title charge remains firmly on track

With the shock loss to Crystal Palace, Chelsea must get a result to keep their comfortable lead at the top.

Chelsea dropped points at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday allowing Spurs to close the gap, but Merson feels Mauricio Pochettino's side will have to wait until Saturday - when they play hours earlier - to put more pressure on the leaders.

If Moses is once again ruled out tomorrow, Pedro is expected to continue to deputise in the right wing-back role after filling in against Palace at the weekend.

After winning eight Premier League games in a row against Manchester City between 2005 and 2009, the Blues have won just five of their last 15 against them in the top-flight (D3 L7).

Chelsea have announced they will freeze the price of every ticket at Stamford Bridge for the 2017/18 campaign.

"What happened in that game happened many, many things".

"Nobody thought that Chelsea could fight this season for the title, but we stay there", said Conte. "Whoever wins the league will deserve to win the league".

Chelsea will attempt to become the first side ever to beat a team managed by Pep Guardiola twice in one season, following their 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium in December.

"City are going to have to do something against Chelsea on Wednesday night for us to even be thinking about it [Chelsea being caught in the title race]".

"In Leroy Sane and, to a lesser degree on this occasion, Raheem Sterling they have players who have done the opposite of stagnate this season", writes Ronay.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Chelsea will be a big game and especially a big game away, it is important to learn from these kinds of games for the future".

Home supporters viewing from regular areas of Stamford Bridge will be paying the same amount they did during the 2011/2012 season - the momentous year the Blues lifted the Champions League trophy. In a worrying statistic for Antonio Conte, Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches.

Antonio Conte hasn't lost consecutive home league games as a head coach since November 2009, when his Atalanta side were beaten by Juventus and then Roma.

  • Julie Sanders