Chelsea’s trip to Manchester City this weekend is one of the biggest fixtures in the Premier League this weekend.
It provides an early insight into a game between two sides expected to compete for the Premier League title throughout the rest of the season with Chelsea the league favourites and City, the current champions.
We’ve looked at both side and judged who would make it into a combined eleven.
GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)
We’ve opted for Joe Hart ahead of Thibaut Courtois because he has more Premier League experience and two title winning campaigns to his name. Courtois is a world class goalkeeper but he’s only a few games into his Chelsea career.
RB – Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
The experienced Argentine is arguably the best right-back in the Premier League. He’s a tough, gritty and physical player who is capable of getting the better of even the youngest and quickest wingers.
CB – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
City’s captain has been one of the most consistent players in the division. He’s comfortable and consistent in a variety of different situations and quick.
CB – John Terry (Chelsea)
Terry is the first Chelsea player to make it into our combined side because of his experience and consistency over a remarkable period of time for the club.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has used the Spaniard on the left hand side of his back four for over a year despite the fact he’s a right sided player. He’s comfortable in any role he’s asked to perform by Jose Mourinho.
RM – David Silva (Manchester City)
Normally plays on the left for City but we had to find somewhere to fit him in. His ability to dictate games through the way he controls the ball is extremely impressive.
CM – Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Fabregas has looked comfortable since he came back into the Premier League. He’s got more assists than any other Premier League player so far this season and is showing no signs of slowing down.
CM – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Toure makes it in because he’s a world class player and can change any game when he’s on form and focused. He’s been heavily criticised following the defeat to Bayern Munich but he’s a special player.
LM – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard was Chelsea’s best player last season. His best ability is to drive and dribble at the opposition with great pace and control over the ball as he accelerates.
ST – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Aguero is a great player to have running between the opposition midfield and attack. He can pick any slight weakness in a back four and exploit it.
ST – Diego Costa (Chelsea)
The best striker in the Premier League this season. Seven goals in four games speaks for itself.