Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

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  • Diego Costa returns from suspension
  • David Silva to be rested for MCFC
  • Hiddink yet to lose PL match at Stamford Bridge

After advancing to the Champions League semifinal midweek, Manchester City must shift their focus back to the Premier League as they travel south to face Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

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Manchester City currently sit fourth in the Premier League with a four point lead over fifth-place Manchester United. A result on Saturday is crucial for City to keep that gap, as United faces lowly Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Despite playing midweek against PSG, David Silva will be rested at Chelsea as the Spanish playmaker nurses an ankle injury he has been battling throughout the season. Luckily for City, Kevin De Bruyne is back fit and in top form, as his return from injury has spurred a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

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Chelsea are coming off of a loss to Swansea City, snapping a 15-match unbeaten run in the league since Guus Hiddink took over in December. With the Blues sitting tenth on the table, Hiddink has said his goal is for the team to finish strong in what has been a tumultuous season at the Bridge. Diego Costa is available after serving his three-match suspension and will surely be back in the starting lineup in place of Alexandre Pato.

What they’re saying

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “What I have asked from them is to go in to tomorrow’s match and the rest of the matches with ambition and desire to get a good run going in the last games. I would like to finish my spell now at Chelsea in the last games with the players showing their quality – from the mental side of things as well.”

City boss Manuel Pellegrini: “The important thing is it depends on us what we do to be in the third or fourth position. We cannot talk more about the other two positions because that doesn’t just depend on what we do. I am not going to prioritize any competition. We don’t need to prioritize because we are going to play these three games before we return to the Champions League.”

Prediction

Riding a high from their Champions League victory, City could be caught off-guard by a Chelsea team that is playing for pride. Pellegrini may say he is not prioritizing competitions, but everyone knows his mind is on the UCL semifinal. Chelsea 2-2 Manchester City