Chelsea vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Jack Grealish sets up Riyad Mahrez winner

Manchester City cut the gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points as substitutes Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish combined to sink Chelsea.

City were struggling to break though Chelsea in the first half at Stamford Bridge and Pep Guardiola had to make a slew of changes to add spark to his team.

That included Grealish and Mahrez, with the England international producing a perfect cross to the back post for the winner on 63 minutes.

Chelsea lost Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to injury in the first half, adding to a mounting list of absentees, to leave the Blues with just four points from their last five Premier League matches under Graham Potter.

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Chelsea vs Man City

  • Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports

  • City can close gap on Arsenal to five point with victory

  • Blues are ninth in the table and need to win to get get in top four race

  • 63’ GOAL! - Mahrez puts the visitors ahead (CHE 0-1 MCI)

  • 57’ CHANCE! - Thiago Silva fires one wide from inside the box (CHE 0-0 MCI)

  • 51’ CROSSBAR! - Ake rattles the woodwork with a headed effort (CHE 0-0 MCI)

  • 42’ POST! - Chukwuemeka comes within inches of giving Chelsea the lead! (CHE 0-0 MCI)

Chelsea FC 0 - 1 Manchester City FC

Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish combine as Man City break through depleted Chelsea

22:18 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola admits he made an error, and may well have corrected Manchester City’s course towards a third consecutive title. If that seems premature, or overstated, this is when the champions’ runs have generally started. These are also the sort of hard-fought and hard-thought wins that change mentalities and change the moods of title races.

An injury-ravaged Chelsea had actually been the better team and looking on the brink of a badly needed victory, until Guardiola realised something different was required. Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo - of all players - were first hauled off. That first changed the game, before the next step won it. A quarter of an hour later, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez were brought on, and the two combined to make it 1-0 and cut the gap to Arsenal back to just five points.

An argument can be made here how it’s inevitable that this grand Abu Dhabi project will start to overtake everyone when you can bring on £160m worth of talent in two subs - especially against an Arsenal who already look like they will have to push themselves to the limit. It shouldn’t be overlooked, however, that the goal also came thanks to laxness by the most expensive goalkeeper in the world and the most expensive full-back in the world.

Man City break through depleted Chelsea to cut gap on leaders Arsenal

Reaction from John Stones

22:15 , Michael Jones

“It’s a big three points for us after the other day. The overriding feeling then was that we had dropped two points and we wanted to put it right today. How we especially played in the second half was brilliant.

“I think we rushed a lot of our play in the first half and didn’t retain the ball as well as usual. Credit to Chelsea, they played really compact and we couldn’t get many balls through the lines. It all came together in the second half. A few big moments with blocks and things we’ve done in defending in training and it came off today.

“I’ve tried to work on my game to make myself a better player and person.

“We don’t focus on the table so early. There are 53 points to play for. We have to take it a game at a time and in previous years we have gone on big winning runs. If we perform like we did today I am sure we will have a fighting chance come the end of the season.”

FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

22:12 , Michael Jones

Manchester City are only the second side ever to win four consecutive meetings with Chelsea in all competitions while also keeping a clean sheet each time, after Bolton Wanderers from 1958 to 1960.

FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

22:09 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches (D3 L4) – since the first game in this run on October 19th, no side has won fewer games in the competition.

FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

22:06 , Michael Jones

Manchester City have scored in 16 of their 17 games, no team has done so more often in the English Premier League this season.

FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

22:03 , Michael Jones

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FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

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FT Chelsea 0-1 Man City

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Since he joined Man City in 2018, Riyad Mahrez has scored more Premier League goals as a substitute than any other player (9). He scored his goal, assisted by Jack Grealish, just 3 minutes and 43 seconds after both players had been subbed on.

Full-time: Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:54 , Michael Jones

90+4 mins: There goes the full-time whistle and Manchester City take the points away from Stamford Bridge. The reigning champions cut the gap on league leaders Arsenal to five points after Riyad Mahrez tapped home Jack Grealish’s cross.

Chelsea have now lost as many Premier League game as they did in the whole of last season (six). They’ve also added to their injury woes with Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic getting subbed off injured.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:49 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are still searching for that one clear cut moment to strike back at Manchester City.

Chukwuemeka carries the ball up through the middle of the pitch on the counterattack. He slips the ball over to Hall who touches the ball into the box then smokes his effort wide!

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:47 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Chelsea are the ones pressing for a goal. Lewis Hall weaves his way to the byline and squares a pass only for Man City to clear.

They work the ball to Jack Grealish who drives up the pitch and wins a free kick after Kovacic brings him down.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:44 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Manchester City make a final change and introduced Kalvin Phillips to replace Rodri for the final few minutes or so. Can City close out this game and move within five points of Arsenal?

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:42 , Michael Jones

81 mins: A diagonal pass comes over the top to play Conor Gallagher into the right-hand channel. Manuel Akanji shuffles over to track him and looks bewildered when Gallagher trips over the ball and throws himself to the floor hoping for a free kick.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:39 , Michael Jones

78 mins: A booted clearance from Koulibaly sees the ball skip up towards John Stones. He’s pressed by Conor Gallagher who manages to keep the ball byline on the left wing.

He has to slide to keep it in play and doesn’t have teammates available to help him out. Stones sprints across to recover the ball and is almost taken out by Gallagher’s swipe off the floor.

City recover possession.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:36 , Michael Jones

75 mins: A blitzing run down the left from Chelsea sees the ball whipped into the box and headed away by Nathan Ake. The ball comes to Mateo Kovacic who then blazes an effort high and wide.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:32 , Michael Jones

72 mins: Close! Almost a second for Manchester City! Riyad Mahrez brings the ball down the right wing and waits for De Bruyne to make the underlapping run before knocking the ball up to him.

De Bruyne carries it to the byline before squaring a pacey effort into the box and a lunging Erling Haaland just can’t bring it under control in time to shoot.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:27 , Michael Jones

69 mins: Omari Hutchinson, Conor Gallagher and Lewis Hall come onto the pitch for Chelsea to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Marc Cucurella.

I think it’s safe to say that Manchester City’s reinforcements are a whole heap stronger than Chelsea’s.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

21:25 , Michael Jones

66 mins: That goal should settle Manchester City down now. They’ve been pushing since the restart and all the pressure will go off them now that they’re in front.

Chelsea have been struggling for goals of late and now need to come from behind to get something out of this game.

GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Man City (Mahrez, 63’)⚽️

21:22 , Michael Jones

63 mins: There’s the opener! Manchester City work the ball quickly across the pitch from right to left with Kevin De Bruyne sliding the ball into the box for Jack Grealish.

Grealish guides a first time pass to the back post where Riyad Mahrez squeezes ahead of Marc Cucurella and pokes the ball home!

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:22 , Michael Jones

60 mins: Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden have been taken off with Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish replacing them for Manchester City.

Ederson is almost in trouble after he comes bombing out of his penalty area to beat Kai Havertz to the ball. The City goalkeeper gets there but takes out the man and Chelsea are left fuming when the referee plays on.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:15 , Michael Jones

57 mins: Chance! Chelsea cross the ball in from the left wing and perfectly pick out Kai Havertz. His touch is a poor one and the ball runs away from him before he can shoot.

Luckily for Chelsea it bounces over to Thiago Silva who shoots on the spin and laces his effort wide of the far post!

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:14 , Michael Jones

54 mins: City have kept Chelsea relatively quiet so far in the second half but the Blues get forward on the counter with Kai Haverz driving the ball down the inside right channel.

He sends it out wide to Hakim Ziyech who whips in a cross. Chukwuemeka is the target but he’s beaten to it in the air and the ball goes out for a corner.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:10 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Phil Foden swivels around Cesar Azpilicueta who tries to recover and gives away a free kick. Kevin De Bruyne takes the set piece but Azpilicueta is there to charge it down and deflect the ball out for a corner.

The corner is played short before Foden returns the ball to De Bruyne. He lifts the ball over to the back post where Nathan Ake leaps into the air and heads his effort into the crossbar!

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:06 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Akanji has slotted in alongside Stones in City’s defence which allows Rodri to hold his position in central midfield.

Aubameyang loses the ball to City inside Chelsea’s half and it’s quickly sent up to Haaland who snatches at a shot and boots it wide of the right-hand post.

Second half: Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:03 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola makes a double change at the half-time break with Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo taken off to be replaced with Rico Lewis and Manuel Akanji.

It should give City a more solid and recognised shape for the next 45 minutes.

HT Chelsea 0-0 Man City

21:02 , Michael Jones

Benoît Badiashile is the only player born in the 21st century to have played more than 100 games in Ligue 1 (106 appearances). He’s now joined Chelsea and will ply his trade in the Premier League.

Enzo Fernandez: Benfica coach brands Chelsea ‘disrespectful’ over pursuit of midfielder

20:56 , Michael Jones

Benfica coach Roger Schmidt has labelled Chelsea’s pursuit of Enzo Fernandez ‘disrespectful’.

Chelsea, who today confirmed the signing of Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, are looking to add Fernandez to their ranks before the end of the January transfer window.

The midfielder joined Benfica in August before going on to win the World Cup with Argentina in December, and he has a release clause of approximately £106million.

Benfica coach brands Chelsea ‘disrespectful’ over Enzo Fernandez pursuit

HT Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:48 , Michael Jones

45+2 mins: Nothing to separate the two teams at the break then. Chelsea have looked confident with City seemingly getting used to this formation that Pep Guardiola has set them up in.

Things will probably have to change in the second half.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:47 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Two minutes of added time to play in this half. Can someone open the scoring?

Kevin De Bruyne is given the ball by Erling Haaland and he drives into the left side of the box before having a shot deflected wide of the back post.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:45 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Off the post! Chelsea comes within inches of opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge. They work the ball into the middle where Kai Havertz spins and lays it up to Carney Chukwuemeka.

He checks to the right and laces a low, sharp effort towards the near bottom corner. Ederson leaps across but can’t reach the ball and luckily for City it strikes the upright and bounces to John Stones who clears the danger.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:42 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Manchester City are starting to threaten more but they’re still not the free-flowing aggressive side that we’re used too.

Chelsea nick the ball back in the middle of the pitch and sweep forward down the right. Hakim Ziyech whips a cross into the box as Aubameyang makes a run into the six-yard area but Ederson comes off his line and claims the ball.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:39 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Chance! Man City send the ball through the middle and give the ball to Gundogan who turns quickly and feeds Haaland into the right side of the box.

Haaland takes a touch to control the ball past Koulibaly before poking his first real chance at goal over the crossbar!

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:34 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Ilkay Gundogan flicks the ball over to Kevin De Bruyne who nods the ball across the edge of the box looking for Erling Haaland.

The ball is too far behind the forward for him to control so he lets it run back to Gundogan. The German midfielder opens his body and tries to curl one into the far top corner but doesn’t catch the shot well and hooks it wide.

That effort goes down as their first shot of the game.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:33 , Michael Jones

30 mins: Pep Guardiola’s change of system for this game doesn’t seem to be working. He’s got Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo linking up on the right side with Rodri playing a hybrid role as a centre-back that becomes a central midfielder when City are in possession.

They’re not creating many chances at all.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:28 , Michael Jones

27 mins: City have been slightly off. They’re not controlling the game of commanding possession and it’s Chelsea who are pushing for this opening goal.

They win a corner that gets swung into the box by Hakim Ziyech. It comes curling over to Rodri who leaps towards the ball and nods it away for the visitors.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:25 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Chelsea are forced into another change as Christian Pulisic can’t continue. The medical staff were working him hard on the sidelines to try and get him back on the pitch but it’s not a risk they’re willing to make. Carney Chukwuemeka comes on to replace him.

Chukwuemeka gets involved immediately. They burst down the left with Havertz getting in behind Rodri. He shoots but sees the effort blocked and the ball bounces back to the substitute.

Chukwuemeka lets fly but his effort get charged down too and City boot the ball clear.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:23 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Erling Haaland hasn’t touched the ball in the first 20 minutes for Manchester City who have been more focused on running the ball through the lines.

He drifts out wide and helps Kevin De Bruyne bring the ball forward before offloading it and sprinting back into the penalty area. Joao Cancelo whips another cross in but once again Kepa Arrizabalaga plucks the ball out of the air.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:19 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Close! The first real chance falls for Chelsea as Christian Pulisic is slipped into the left side of the Man City penalty area by Kai Havertz.

He decides to shoot first time but John Stones times his sliding tackle perfectly and deflects the ball out for a corner which comes to nothing.

Pulisic stays down after the challenge and needs some treatment from the medics. This would be a double blow for Chelsea if Pulisic has to go off.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:16 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Close! Cancelo slides a deft pass in behind Cucurella where Ilkay Gundogan makes a run from deep. He collects the ball and flicks an early cross into the box.

Erling Haaland thinks he might get there for a volley but Kepa Arrizabalaga lunges at the ball and plucks it out of the air.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:13 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Joao Cancelo is playing high in midfield on the right side of the pitch for Man City. He receives the ball and cuts inside as the space opens up.

Cancelo has the knock the ball forward before chasing it down but Kalidou Koulibaly beats him to the loose ball and works it clear for Chelsea.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:11 , Michael Jones

9 mins: A floated ball comes up the pitch towards Ilkay Gundogan but he doesn’t win the aerial ball and Chelsea break up the pitch.

A threaded pass comes through to Denis Zakaria on the inside left and he slides it wide to Marc Cucurella who makes an overlapping run.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes a run into the centre of the box but Cucurella’s cross lands in the near side netting.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:08 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Sterling is taken off and replaced with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s another massive blow for Graham Potter who is also missing Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell for tonight’s game.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:07 , Michael Jones

4 mins: Raheem Sterling has shuffled off the pitch early on and chats with the physios about a niggle in his leg. He tries a couple of sprints down the line but shakes his head in disappointment.

He’s not going to be able to continue.

Kick off: Chelsea 0-0 Man City

20:02 , Michael Jones

Kai Havertz gets the match underway at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea work the ball over to the right side of the where Cesar Azpilicueta knocks it back to Thiago Silva.

The home side keep the ball well before winning a throw in over on the right wing.

Chelsea vs Man City

19:58 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams.

Manchester City are backed to get the job done tonight but Chelsea have a good home record and will keep things tight tonight. The difference could come down to City’s superstar Erling Haaland. Can he get on the scoresheet once again?

Pre-match thoughts from Pep Guardiola

19:53 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola stopped by the Sky Sports pundits to chat before kick about all things Manchester City. Here’s what he said:

“Everyone wanted this line-up - I follow our fans. We are not going to discover what it means. Kyle [Walker] and Joao [Cancelo] came back from the World Cup with niggles and weren’t settled. Rico [Lewis] and the other guys have been fantastic.

“We would prefer to be eight points infront, that is the reality. But, I have the feeling, when you’ve won four Premier Leagues in the last five years, that it is not normal to be eight points clear with this competition and all the top teams that we have.

“We try to be there close, and there is a lot of games still to play. We’ll try to maintain our playing level and get a good run of victories.

“Erling Haaland and the process has been quick. In many times in previous seasons we’ve played with a false nine to have an extra man in the middle, but now the extra man is in the box.

“We’ve had to adjust something, but we are delighted, not just with his efficiency in front of goal, but everything.”

Can Chelsea stop Haaland?

19:49 , Michael Jones

Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland has seven goals in his six Premier League away appearances. He’s already netted 21 this season with more than half the season still to go.

Will Sterling score?

19:45 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling could become the third player to score a Premier League goal in this fixture for both Chelsea and Manchester City, emulating Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard.


Happy New Year

19:41 , Michael Jones

Manchester City have won their opening league game in each of the last 10 calendar years, including a 3-1 victory at Chelsea in 2021.

Can they extend that run to 11 tonight?

Chelsea vs Man City

19:37 , Michael Jones

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Haaland outscoring Chelsea

19:33 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have scored 20 Premier League goals this season, one fewer than the division’s leading goalscorer, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.

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Thoughts from Graham Potter

19:29 , Michael Jones

Graham Potter took the time to speak to Sky Sports before kick off to give his thoughts on his first few months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“It has been intense, challenging, enjoyable. You understand the responsibility and pressure because ultimately it is a fantastic football club.” he said, “Ultimately we’ve had a transition period for most of the year and that has an effect of course. There is lots of things, a lot of games, a few injuries. That’s my summary so far.

“We did well in the Champions League in terms of qualifying, results wise that was positive. We had a decent start. You get to know the players, club and how the training ground functions. There is information that you gather all the time.

“We haven’t been happy with how we’ve played, certainly in the Premier League. There is work to do there in terms of how the team functions. We need to attack more, we need to create more chances. We can make excuses, there are reasons, but ultimately we have to take responsibility and say we can do better.”

Will Man City win?

19:25 , Michael Jones

Manchester City could remain winless in successive Premier League fixtures for the first time since December 2020 after they drew 1-1 with Everton last time out.

Can Chelsea keep Pep Guardiola’s side quiet tonight?

Man City and Chelsea collide playing catch-up in the Premier League

19:21 , Michael Jones

Mind the gap. Manchester City and Chelsea meet as they both find themselves on the wrong side of significant divides. Pep Guardiola finds himself with eight points to make up to Arsenal, Graham Potter with 10 to the top four. If there are plenty who still think the Spaniard’s City side will end up champions, there may be fewer who think the Englishman’s underperforming, underwhelming Chelsea team will join them in next season’s Champions League.

The common theme was a question of expectations. If Potter is trying to downplay them, as though preparing Chelsea for back-to-back defeats to City in two competitions over the space of four days – they meet again in the FA Cup on Sunday – Guardiola is railing against them. His side have raised the standards but, with characteristic exaggeration, he argued they are now charged with taking a 20-point lead by November.

City are natural frontrunners in title races: this time, however, Arsenal’s near immaculate form has meant the defending champions are playing catch-up. They have a proven ability to go on extended winning runs. Nevertheless, Guardiola feels the league leaders Arsenal are not subjected to as much pressure as his side.

Man City and Chelsea collide playing catch-up in the Premier League

A step backwards?

19:17 , Michael Jones

The Blues have lost five of their 16 Premier League matches this campaign, only one short of their final tally for last season. Are the Blues in transition or has Graham Potter failed to deliver since taking over four months ago?

Mount injured in training

19:13 , Michael Jones

Graham Potter has just been speaking on Sky Sports and explained why Mason Mount has not been included in the matchday squad tonight.

Apparently Mount took a knock in training yesterday and isn’t fit to play against Manchester City.

Chelsea vs Man City team changes

19:11 , Michael Jones

Graham Potter makes two changes to the Chelsea team that drew with Nottingham Forest last time out. Mason Mount is dropped from the squad for an unspecified reason with Jorginho also making way. In come Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic.

There are also four changes from Pep Guardiola to the Manchester City line-up. Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez are all out with Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden all returning.

Chelsea vs Man City line-ups

19:00 , Michael Jones

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Zakaria, Kovacic, Pulisic, Ziyech, Sterling, Havertz

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Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Haaland, Foden

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Blues arrive at the Bridge

18:55 , Michael Jones

The Chelsea squad have arrived at Stamford Bridge. The team news will be coming out shortly.

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City on the road

18:50 , Michael Jones

Manchester City have only lost just one of their last 25 away Premier League matches with 18 wins and six draws during that run.

That defeat was a 1-0 loss at Liverpool in October.

Fortress Stamford Bridge

18:45 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games with six wins and four draws during that run. The Blues have only failed to scored once in their last 23 league fixtures at Stamford Bridge.

Pep Guardiola urges Erling Haaland to ‘play with passion’ at Chelsea despite recent flashes of temper

18:40 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola has told Erling Haaland to carry on playing with passion and to go to the limit after Manchester City’s top scorer showed flashes of temper in last week’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

The Norwegian was booked for a late lunge on Vitalii Mykolenko and fought a running battle with Ben Godfrey after being aggrieved when he was fouled by the Everton centre-back in the opening seconds.

But Guardiola said he would rather see Haaland animated than emotionless and predicted he will face another physical contest against Chelsea on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola urges Erling Haaland to ‘play with passion’ at Chelsea despite temper

Chelsea vs Man City

18:35 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have failed to score in their last three encounters in all competitions against Manchester City. They’ve lost each one of those games.

The teams will also meet again in the FA Cup third round at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Chelsea vs Man City

18:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester City are aiming to win four consecutive matches against Chelsea for the first time. They have won seven of the 10 most recent Premier League meetings, losing the other three.

Potter backs Sterling to deliver

18:25 , Michael Jones

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has backed Raheem Sterling to recover his form despite a difficult start to his time in west London following his move from Manchester City.

"It’s been a challenge for him but it’s been a challenging period for everybody," Potter said of Sterling, who has scored six goals in 21 games in all competitions.

"There’s been a lot of change and a lot has happened, so in that regard, it’s not easy to completely settle or hit the ground running.

"There is more to come from Raheem I’m sure but he gives his best every day and we need to help him get to the level we know he can reach."

Benoit Badiashile: Chelsea confirm signing of defender on seven-and-a-half-year contract

18:20 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of France international defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco.

The 22-year-old centre-back has signed a seven-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea and arrives on a reported €38m fee.

Badiashile becomes Chelsea’s second signing of the January transfer window, joining the 20-year-old striker David Datro Fofana, and it follows a record-breaking summer of business which also saw the Blues invest heavily in defenders Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.

Chelsea had been keen to sign a left-sided centre-back this window, having also been linked with RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol.

Chelsea confirm signing of Benoit Badiashile on seven-and-a-half-year contract

Chelsea vs Man City prediction

18:15 , Michael Jones

While both teams dropped points by drawing in their respective outings last weekend, Man City seem the likelier to bounce back here and capitalise on Arsenal’s stalemate with Newcastle to narrow the gap at the top.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City.

Chelsea vs Man City predicted line-ups

18:10 , Michael Jones

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Kovacic, Zakaria, Sterling, Mount, Pulisic, Aubameyang.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Akanji, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Haaland, Foden.

What is the team news?

18:05 , Michael Jones

Reece James’ most recent injury sees him join long-term absentees N’Golo Kante and Armando Broja on the sidelines, but midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training for Chelsea.

However, the game may come too soon for recovering left back Ben Chilwell.

Meanwhile, Man City are set to be without centre backs Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias, both of whom are dealing with minor injuries.

How to watch Chelsea vs Man City

18:00 , Michael Jones

Chelsea vs Man City is scheduled to kick off at 8pm GMT on Thursday 5th January.

The game will air live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. It will also stream live on the broadcaster’s Sky Go app.

Chelsea vs Man City

16:51 , Michael Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Premier League action from Stamford Bridge as Graham Potter’s Chelsea take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Both teams come in the match on the back of draws last time out. Chelsea were pegged back by Notttingham Forest after Raheem Sterling had given them the lead whilst City had to settle for a point against Everton after Demarai Gray’s fantastic strike.

There’s a lot on the line as the two Premier League giants clash tonight. Chelsea are floundering in midtable but can propel themselves back into the race for the top four if they pick up three points. Man City, meanwhile, are hoping to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal who have opened up an eight point lead on the reigning champions.

On paper Manchester City have the edge with Erling Haaland maintaining his amazing form despite a break during the World Cup but Chelsea are at home and they’ll make things difficult for Guardiola’s side this evening.

We’ll have all the action, build-up and team news so stick with us throughout the night.