Costa peps up Chelsea ahead of Man City clash

6 - Even after losing to Crystal Palace, Chelsea have only dropped six points at Stamford Bridge all season, their other defeat coming back in September when they lost 2-1 to Liverpool.

Read on for a preview of what could be a season-defining clash in west London, along with team news, scheduling details and viewing information.

Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling was spotted training on Monday, possibly helping to make up the numbers given Victor Moses's continuing absence due to a toe injury.

Diego Costa believes Chelsea can knock Manchester City out of the Premier League title race if they beat them on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte, with the advantage of working with the team through the week, owing to the lack of European football, has moulded an intimidating side - one that defends perfectly and knows how to hurt teams on the counter-attack. Chelsea still managed to carve out plenty of opportunities against the Eagles, who were heavily indebted to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for keeping the hosts out.

While that made for compelling viewing for the neutral, Guardiola will know City can not afford go in with the same strategy against Chelsea. City, though, have scored 10 goals in their last four away league games.

Both sides will be looking back to previous year for comfort, with Chelsea winning 3-1 at the Etihad in December while City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April against an off-form home side with very little to play for.

Chelsea's defeat to Palace could well just be a blip in an otherwise excellent season for the west London outfit, and given the form of both City and the Blues this season it is hard to see how Guardiola's side will come away with anything better than a point on Wednesday.

116 - Goals scored between the two teams in the Premier League so far this season.

  • Julie Sanders