The Blues enter the game ten points behind their opponents after two defeats in their last three league games
Manchester City could effectively end Chelsea’s title bid before Christmas with victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
Marcos Alonsonadmitted as much this weekwhen asked about the consequences of defeat.
Until recent weeks, the Blues were considered potential challengers to City’s Premier League dominance, with eight wins in their opening 11 games.
Questions surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s tactics will dominate the pre-match discussion, as his possession-based philosophy is put to the ultimate test against Pep Guardiola’s side.
City remain unbeaten in the league this season and threaten to run away with the title yet again, however defeat would open the door to Liverpool, who linger just two points behind.
Where can I listen?
Chelsea vs Man City islive on talkSPORT, kick-off 5.30pm on Saturday.
What the managers are saying
Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “At the moment they are stronger than us, but our final target is to be the best team in Europe. We need to work, we need to improve. In 90 minutes anything can happen. We know it’s very difficult but we have to believe in it.”
Pep Guardiola (Man City): “Always Stamford Bridge is difficult. I have travelled there many times as a manager and won once – last season. Most times I lose there.”
Chelsea rested several key players for the 2-1 defeat at Molineux and have restored Jorginho and David Luiz to the starting line-up.
Sarri reported no fresh injury concerns, although Ross Barkley has been nursing an ankle problem.
City star Sergio Aguero has been ruled out and the game comes too soon for Kevin De Bruyne.
Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vincent Kompany are doubts.
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Hazard
Man City:Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling