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Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Manchester City in the Premier League

Chelsea eased past Huddersfield on Saturday as goals from Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, and David Luiz secured a 5-0 victory for the Blues. Maurizio Sarri’s men are in the fight for a top-four finish and a loss against champions Manchester City could potentially drop them down to sixth place.

The Blues have won just two out of their last five games in the league, which included an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

Chelsea won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 2-0 thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz. City will look for revenge as they try to catch league leaders Liverpool.

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Maurizio Sarri’s side have been incredibly lucky on the injury front. The former Napoli boss has every player at his disposal for this weekend’s clash against Manchester City.

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Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted XI

Kepa Arizzabalaga (GK)

The 24-year-old Spaniard has been in fine form for Chelsea since arriving in the summer. He has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League. A certain starter this weekend.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

The experienced defender has played every minute in the league this season for the Blues. The 29-year-old has three assists to his name and is one of the first names on the team sheet.

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David Luiz

Antonio Rüdiger (CB)

The 25-year-old German international has played 24 times this season for Chelsea. His recovery pace, positioning and ability to get stuck in to win the ball back makes him a very important player for the Blues.

David Luiz (CB)

Luiz has just missed one game in the league so far and is expected to start on the left side of the defence. The Brazilian has scored two goals and has provided two assists.

Marcos Alonso (LB)

Alonso, like the rest of the backline, has been ever-present in Sarri’s eleven and has started 24 times this campaign. He is also in line to start on Sunday.

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N’Golo Kante

Jorginho (CDM)

The former Napoli man followed Sarri to Chelsea and has since been the most important player in the Italian’s system. Chelsea’s transition from defence to attack is mostly dependent on him being the pivot in midfield. He generally starts every game in the league.

N’Golo Kante (CM)

Kante has been converted into a box-to-box midfielder and his late runs in the box to finish off Chelsea’s moves makes him a very dangerous player.

Ross Barkley (CM)

The 25-year-old could be handed his ninth start of the season by Sarri on Sunday. In his previous appearances for Chelsea this season, the former Everton star has scored three goals and assisted four.

Eden Hazard (LW)

Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea this season. The Belgian has scored and assisted a combined of 22 goals this season and is a nightmare for his opposition.

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Eden Hazard

Willian (RW)

With three goals and five assists this season, Willian is expected to start on the right for the Blues. His skills, pace and trickery combined with a brilliant right foot will cause problems to any defence.

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Gonzalo Higuain (ST)

On loan from Juventus, the Argentine forward opened his Chelsea account in style with two outstanding goals against Huddersfield. Higuain’s runs and positioning inside the box coupled with his clinical finishing makes him a devastating forward.

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