In what is the tastiest fixture of the ninth round of Premier League matches, Chelsea host Manchester City in what could be an early indication of who has the most might when it comes to challenging for the title.
Both teams have already suffered setbacks this season, with Chelsea recording one loss while City have slipped twice, however, both have now pushed on and, while Jose Mourinho's side look particularly defiant in defence, City appear perpetually dangerous up front.
For all of City's pomp and firepower, there are a number of omens that suggest they will not be leaving Stamford Bridge with the three points following the final whistle on Sunday.
- Mourinho's ridiculous record: Jose is unbeaten in 64 games at Stamford Bridge while bossing Chelsea in the Premier League. That's a record of 50 victories and 14 draws
- Manchester City are a see-saw side in the current calendar year in the Premier League, losing five and winning five
- This is in contrast to Chelsea who, in 2013 games in their own manor, have embarked on a run of 11 triumphs and two draws since an early year blip (1-0 loss to QPR)
- City are often frustrated in West London and, out of 16 prior matches at Stamford Bridge, it is Chelsea who get the greater share of the spoils. Chelsea have won ten, drawn four and lost just two City
Their shared history in the country's capital neglects the performances of one of the form players in the division; Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine star is an attack-machine and has already created ten chances, is rarely off target (80% of his shots are on goal), he has assisted twice and scored six times in 502 minutes of Premier League duty, an efficiency rate of one goal/assist every 62 minutes. If he's on the pitch... expect him to be involved.
- Out of all the teams in the division, it is City have the best shot conversion rate with 20% of their shots resulting in goals.
Will John Terry (who blocks one shot every 11 minutes in the Premier League) be able to throw his body in the way of Aguero's efforts throughout the game? Will Chelsea score another victory over City at Stamford Bridge? Let us know in the comment section below...
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