Chelsea face champions-elect Manchester Metropolis on Sunday, conscious that Pep Guardiola’s aspect are virtually sure to win their fifth top-flight league title this time period.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect have a nineteen level lead over Chelsea after 28 video games, having defeated Arsenal Three-Zero on the Emirates on Thursday.
Chelsea stay fifth, and sit two factors behind fourth-placed Tottenham, that means they face a battle to safe qualification for the Champions League.
David Luiz is at the moment out with an ankle damage and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in coaching. Bakayoko is just not a great distance from coming back from damage.
Conte has confirmed that Ross Barkley is because of return from a hamstring damage and he’s going to journey to Manchester Metropolis, with the opportunity of making a return on Sunday.
Ethan Ampadu is also out after coming off injured within the Uefa Youth League win over Feyenoord, over per week in the past. He missed the FA Youth Cup sport towards Fulham on Tuesday evening and he’s receiving remedy, following his early substitution within the Neterlands.
Alvaro Morata made his first begin for over a month within the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United however he’s nonetheless battling ache from his again damage.
Chelsea at the moment don’t have any gamers suspended. Spain striker Morata is, nonetheless, one yellow card away from a two-match ban after accumulating 9 bookings.
Chelsea potential beginning line-up
After Chelsea’s 1-1 draw towards Barcelona, Willian hinted that the Blues may decide for the same method towards Manchester Metropolis, who play an analogous type of soccer to the Catalan giants.
That might imply Eden Hazard taking part in as a false 9, supported by each Willian and Pedro. Willian has netted in his final three video games and now has 12 targets for the season.
Morata’s poor kind may lead him to being unnoticed, as Conte seems to have settled on a primary eleven once more.
The busy winter schedule of two games-per-week has now eased off for Chelsea forward of their journey to face Metropolis, giving them an entire week to arrange. Guardiola’s aspect performed a Thursday evening, rescheduled sport, towards Arsenal forward of Sunday’s match.
Man Metropolis workforce information
Fernandinho dominated himself out with an ankle damage after Man Metropolis’s Carabao Cup ultimate win over Arsenal on the weekend. Fabian Delph stays suspended for Chelsea’s go to to the Etihad Stadium.
Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure are doubts with muscle accidents and sickness respectively, whereas Benjamin Mendy is on the long-term injured record with a torn cruciate ligament.
TV channel & kick-off time
The match takes place at 14:05 GMT on Sunday and it shall be proven dwell within the UK on Sky Sports activities.
Finest Opta match details
Chelsea have misplaced three of their final 4 Premier League video games – as many as that they had of their earlier23 within the competitors. Certainly, Chelsea have misplaced their final two Premier League away video games. They’ve not misplaced three in a row onthe highway since March 2013 below Rafael Benitez. The Blues have received their final three Premier League away video games towards sides beginning that day high of the desk, most lately a Three-1 victory at Man Metropolis in December 2016. Final season, Antonio Conte turned the primary supervisor to document the top-flight double over a aspect managed by Pep Guardiola. On this sport, Guardiola might develop into solely the second supervisor to take action to Antonio Conte, after Delio Rossi with Sampdoria vs Conte’s Juventus in 2012-13. Eden Hazard has had a hand in eight targets in his final seven video games towards Manchester Metropolis in all competitions (four targets, four assists).