Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: “It’s normal that with 27 points available anything can happen in the league, but we are in a really good position.
“We haven’t had many days to prepare for this game but it’s the same for Man City. These teams have a clear identity.
“It won’t be easy because they are a very good team.”
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.
“They play less games, they have more time to prepare. But Chelsea will be in Europe next year and they have the quality to compete. Chelsea deserve to be where they are, they have won a lot of games and deserve their position.”
- Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.
- However, it was only City’s second win in 19 league and cup games away to Chelsea (D5, L12).
- After winning eight Premier League games in a row against Manchester City between 2005 and 2009, Chelsea have won just five of their last 15 against them in the top flight (D3, L7).
- There have been four red cards in the last five league meetings between these sides, with three being shown to City players.
- Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas’ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool.
- The Blues have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games – having recorded 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.
- Chelsea have scored in 24 of their 25 Premier League home matches since Jose Mourinho left in 2015. The only exception in that run was the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City 12 months ago.
- All five of Chelsea’s league and cup defeats this season have come in London.
- 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.
- Diego Costa’s next Premier League goal will be his 50th in the competition.
- City are unbeaten in eight league games, their longest such run under Pep Guardiola – although half of those matches have been draws.
- They could draw four consecutive league games for the first time since a run of seven straight draws in 2009.
- A Guardiola-managed side has never previously lost both league games against the same opponent in a single season.
- Guardiola could suffer six league defeats in a single season for the first time in his managerial career.
- Kevin de Bruyne has assisted 13 goals for City in all competitions this season, one more than he managed last term.
- Sergio Aguero has four goals in his last three league appearances against Chelsea, including a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last season, although he was sent off when the sides met in December.
- Of Aguero’s 14 Premier League goals this season, 10 have come away from home.