Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Manchester City will be hoping to take a giant step towards a sixth Premier League title within a decade when they host Chelsea.
The eagerly-anticipated meeting between the top two in the table will be the start-point for another action-packed Saturday in the top tier.
City targeting a double
A win for Pep Guardiola’s side would see them take a 13-point lead and would surely kill off the Blues hopes of reigning in an all-conquering City side.
City drew first blood in the previous meeting of the two sides as Gabriel Jesus grabbed the only goal of the game in a narrow win at Stamford Bridge in September.
Both sides in good form
But Chelsea will travel to the Etihad Stadium in decent form after Wednesday night’s 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win at Spurs extended their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions.
Despite that impressive form, they will face a City side that have lost just one of their 14 home games in all competitions so far this season, scoring 47 goals in the process.
That form at the Etihad was ramped up in December as Pep’s men plundered their way to 13 goals in impressive wins against Leeds United and Leicester City.
Key players missing on both sides?
The hosts could be boosted by the return of England defender John Stones and they will hope several other key players could be available after they missed the FA Cup win at Swindon Town following a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
One player that will miss out for City is winger Riyad Mahrez, who is currently on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with Algeria.
Chelsea full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James are definitely out and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is another player currently competing at the African Cup of Nations.
Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante both returned as substitutes in the midweek win against Spurs and could be in line for starts at the Etihad.
Where to watch the game live
The eyes of the world will fall upon the blue half of Manchester on Saturday lunchtime (12:30pm kick-off) and the game will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom via BT Sport.
The broadcast will get underway at 11.30am and viewers with a BT Sport account will also be able to stream the game online via the BT Sport website or the smartphone app.