IN-FORM Manchester City travel to champions Chelsea on Saturday evening searching for an eighth straight victory in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been scintillating so far this season, their only blot a 1-1 draw with Etihad where they were hindered by going down to ten-men in the first half.
Since they’ve struck 26 goals in seven games and torn apart Liverpool, Watford and Feyenoord without reply.
After the shock defeat to Burnley on the opening day, Chelsea’s story has been similar – crushing wins and emphatic displays.
A 0-0 draw with Arsenal means they sit three points off City at the summit, but can reel in the gap with a win at the Bridge.
What time is kick-off?
THE game will be held at Stamford Bridge on Saturday September 30.
Things gets underway at 5.30pm.
Which channel can I watch it on?
YOU can catch this game live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 5pm.
Instead stay with us here on SunSport and follow our LIVE blog, whilst highlights will be on Match of the Day at 10.30pm BBC1.
What is the team news?
EDEN HAZARD managed a full 90-minutes against Forest in the cup before coming off the bench during the 4-0 rout over Stoke.
The Belgian looks to be back in shape and will almost certainly start unless he suffers a relapse before kick-off.
Danny Drinkwater is Chelsea’s only casualty, with Pedro and David Luiz available for selection again.
Vincent Kompany remains a major doubt for City, whilst Benjamin Mendy is a game-time decision for Guardiola and his medical staff.
- Chelsea have lost only one of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge (W4 D2), with their 0-3 defeat to City in April 2016 one of only six occasions in the Premier League they’ve lost by a margin of three goals at Stamford Bridge.
- Manchester City lost both Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, with the Blues the only side to achieve this feat over Pep Guardiola’s side.
- Pep Guardiola has only ever lost three consecutive matches against an opponent once before in his managerial career – he lost three in a row against Real Madrid between April 2012 and April 2014 (one in La Liga, two in the Champions League).
- Guardiola has faced Chelsea seven times as a manager and failed to win any (D4 L3), more than against any other side – though one of those draws was in the 2013 Super Cup final, with his Bayern Munich side beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
- Guardiola has only faced three other clubs in his managerial career without winning, all of them British sides – Everton (three games), Celtic (two) and Spurs (also two).
- Manchester City have scored 21 goals in their six Premier League matches so far this season. Only Newcastle United (22 goals in 1994-95) & Manchester United (22 goals in 2011-12) have scored more at this stage of a Premier League season, but neither went on to win the title.
- Manchester City have the highest xG (Expected Goals) total in the Premier League this season; 15.1 – suggesting that the quality of chances they’ve been presented would see the average side score 15 goals in these matches. Chelsea, on the other hand, have an xG total of just 6.3; the 11th best tally.
- Eden Hazard has had a hand in five goals in his last five Premier League apps against the Citizens (three goals, two assists).
- Only Robin van Persie (6) has scored more Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge as an away player than Sergio Aguero (5 – level with Craig Bellamy).
- Aguero has scored in eight successive starts away from home in the Premier League – one short of the PL record of scoring in nine away starts in a row, set by Robin van Persie (December 2010 & May 2011).
- Alvaro Morata has scored six goals in his first six Premier League appearances; three with his head and three with his right foot. The top goalscoring player in their first seven appearances as a Premier League player is Mick Quinn (10 goals) followed by Diego Costa (nine goals).