The Blues have lost their last six on the bounce against the Premier League champions and have shown little to suggest that a change of fortunes is imminent
Chelsea will know they must improve against Manchester City on Sunday despite a thumping derby win last time out against Tottenham.The Blues ran out 4-1 winners to end rivals Spurs' unbeaten run in a truly chaotic all-London clash on Monday night but arguably still flattered to deceive for large periods against nine men before Nicolas Jackson's hat-trick finally settled the game in injury time.
City will have been licking their lips at Chelsea's struggles as they plot a seventh consecutive win over the London side across all competitions, having hit struggling Bournemouth for six before sealing their place in the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare.
Chelsea vs Man City is scheduled for a 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday November 12, 2023.
The match will take place at Stamford Bridge in west London.
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning after the conclusion of West Ham vs Nottingham Forest on Super Sunday.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the ground.
Chelsea are still nursing one of the longest injury lists in the league, but will hope to have Armando Broja to call upon this weekend. Even so, Jackson will have earned the right to keep his place after his treble against Spurs.
Levi Colwill was withdrawn at half-time against Tottenham but that was a tactical decision, while Mykhailo Mudryk is fit again should Mauricio Pochettino opt to switch up his forward line.
Ben Chilwell, Romeo Lavia, Trevoh Chalobah and Carney Chukwuemeka are all still out, while Christopher Nkunku is not expected to return just yet.
Manchester City have been hit by another injury to John Stones, while fellow centre-back Manuel Akanji was a late withdrawal from the team to face Young Boys BSC with a back issue. The pair are not expected to be fit for the weekend.
The good news is that Erling Haaland has shaken off his ankle knock, and came roaring back in midweek with two goals, the second a rocket, to confirm City's place in the Champions League knockout stages. Sergio Gomez and Kevin De Bruyne are still out.
While Tottenham nearly punished Chelsea with nine men, and an absurdly high defensive line, few will bet against Manchester City picking the Blues off in London.
Pochettino will take measures to address the threat of the Premier League champions, of course, but I can't see past a City win here.
Man City to win, 3-0.
Chelsea wins: 71
Man City wins: 65
Chelsea to win: 4/1
Man City to win: 8/11