Manchester City vs Chelsea
City will be looking to bounce back against ChelseaReuters

Defending English champions Manchester City play hosts to Chelsea in one of the biggest heavyweight clashes of the Premier League this season.

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The Etihad clash is set for a 4.00 pm BST (8.30 pm IST, 11.00 am ET) start with live coverage on the Stars Sports 4. The Premier League match can also be watched via live streaming online in India HERE. Audience in the UK can catch the match live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1HD, with an option to live stream HERE or HERE.

Catch the action in the US on TV on NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSN, while the game can also be Live streamed online HERE.

Australia viewers can Live Stream the action HERE, while viewers in Canada can do the same HERE. Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via Live Streaming online HERE, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same HERE.

After kicking off the 2014/15 season with two back-to-back victories over Newcastle United (2-0) and Liverpool (3-1), Manchester City seem to have lost their bearings, recording a defeat and a draw against Stoke City (0-1) and Arsenal (2-2) respectively.

Apart from that, the Citizens also suffered a late 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Taking all this into account, City will have to play exceptionally well against Chelsea, who are currently enjoying the form of their lives with four wins in four Premier League games.

Manchester City's defeats to Chelsea in both the home and away Premier League fixtures last season will also be in the back of their minds as they prepare to host the Blues on Sunday.

However, City are known to do well under pressure -- considering the way they clinched the Premier League title in the 2011/12 season -- and they will certainly be looking to prove themselves in this game even though they are not the clear favourites.

"I always try to think of positives, so I hope we are not going to lose and we not going to go eight points behind Chelsea," said City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean claims that City's performances against Bayern Munich and Arsenal in the last two fixtures were good, and they were unlucky not to record wins in those games.

"I think we were unlucky in the last two games - against Bayern Munich in the way we lost with that goal and against Arsenal we deserved to win the three points. But things happen."

Finally, the Chilean stressed the importance of getting a positive result against Chelsea.

"We must win our next game at home and with that we will be two points behind the leader. That for me will be a very good start after playing Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. That is why it is important to win on Sunday."

Manchester United vs Chelsea
Chelsea will be looking to record their fifth successive victory when they face Manchester City on SundayReuters

Meanwhile, Chelsea will be looking to record their fifth straight Premier League win when they face City on Sunday.

Despite their dominance in the EPL this season, Chelsea are yet to play against a big side. They did manage a 6-3 win in what was considered to be a difficult fixture at Everton, but facing Manchester City at the Etihad will be an entirely different story.

Last season, the Blues managed to get good results in all their tough Premier League fixtures, getting positive results against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. But they struggled against low key teams like Crystal Palace and Sunderland, and this eventually cost them the title.

This season, the addition of new strikers, especially Diego Costa, seems to have solved Chelsea's problems with small teams. However, their defence has not been air tight this season as they have been conceding quite a number of goals.

This has not been a problem for the Blues up till now as they have managed to outscore their opponents. However, Chelsea will be thoroughly tested in this game as no team has managed to outscore Manchester City in their own backyard in the past couple of years.

So, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may be forced to alter his tactics when the Blues face City at the Etihad on Sunday.

Despite claiming that Chelsea's recent record against City in the Premier League is now the past, Mourinho insists that the Blues will be looking for a win on Sunday.

"It doesn't matter the record we had last season against City. We respect them totally, because they deserve that respect, but at the same time we believe in us and we want to win," Mourinho said.

"I want to win this game to get three points. I'm totally focused on three points and the Premier League 2015, [rather] than history."

Team News: Manchester City: The home team will be without the services of Steven Jovetic and Fernando for this game as they have been ruled out with a hamstring and a groin injury respectively.

Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is also a doubt for this game as he is struggling with a back problem he picked up against Bayern.

On-loan midfielder Frank Lampard could face his former side Chelsea on Sunday, while Eliaquim Mangala may also make his debut for City in this fixture.

Chelsea: The Blues, on the other hand have no fitness concerns ahead of this game.

Mourinho has confirmed that Costa, who started from the bench against Schalke, will be leading Chelsea's attack at the Etihad.

Expected lineups: Manchester City: Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Gael Clichy; Fernandinho, James Milner; Samir Nasri, Yaya Touré, David Silva; Sergio Agüero.

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta; Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic; Andre Schürrle, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa.

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