After drawing 2-2 away to Arsenal last night, the Blues return to the capital to take on league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

City will be hoping to go one better than Sunday’s draw at the Emirates, which seen the Blues let their lead slip twice after goals from, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero were cancelled out by Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi equalisers.

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The hosts come into the game on the back of a shock defeat to relegation threatened, Crystal Palace on Saturday, as Antonio Conte’s side let a one-goal lead slip before losing the game 2-1.

City will be looking to close the gap on the table-toppers as Pep Guardiola’s men sit 11 points behind the London club in fourth.

The return leg of the fixture resulted in a defeat for City at the Etihad back in December after squandering a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1.

Last time, City travelled to Stamford Bridge in league competition they recorded an impressive 3-0 win, courtesy of a superb Aguero hat-trick. Guardiola will be hoping to replicate this result, as the Spaniard travels to Chelsea for the first time in charge of City.

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Team News:

Heading into the clash City are again without the long-term injured Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus. However, a positive for the Blues is the Brazilian youngster did return to independent training this week.

After appearing on the bench on Sunday City skipper, Vincent Kompany finally looks like he has returned from his injury woes, and could make his first league appearance since November where the Belgian was subbed off due to injury after 36 minutes away to Crystal Palace.

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In the Chelsea camp, Conte has no real absentees, with Victor Moses expected to return to the squad, after missing Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.

Danger man:

The main threat for Pep and his side will be Eden Hazard. The winger is seen as the leading man in this extremely strong Chelsea side and is always seen to be at the heart of every Chelsea attack.

His pace, strength and skill allows him to beat defenders in all departments, and the City back line will have to be at the top of their game to keep the Belgian playmaker at bay.

Hazard has contributed in both creating and finishing for Chelsea this term, with the 26-year-old finding the net 11 times, and assisting his teammates on five occasions in the league this season.

Prediction:

This is no doubt City’s toughest test of the season, with Chelsea sitting seven points clear at the top, and only losing twice at home all season. However City’s convincing away form, and Chelsea’s hiccup at the weekend gives the Blues more of a chance than many are making out.

Chelsea 1-1 City.

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