Chelsea will take on league leaders Manchester City in a highly anticipated Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8.
When is the match and how to watch it live
The match between the London and Manchester sides will start at 5:30 pm local time and 11 pm IST.
Star Sports Select 1 & HD 1 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Chelsea vs Manchester City preview
Until two weeks back, Chelsea was flying in the Premier League. They had not been beaten and was looking like the dark horses in the title race. But Tottenham brought that run to a halt and since then they have also been beaten by Watford in the lead up to this game.
City, on the other hand, has carried on their stellar work from last season and is the front-runner to retain their title. Such has been their dominance that Pep Guardiola's men have not missed their star performer from last season, Kevin De Bruyne.
Bernardo Silva has slotted in perfectly to accompany namesake David Silva and Fernandinho in midfield and Guardiola has managed to rotate his front three with ease following Riyad Mahrez's successful integration into his system.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, on the other hand, has been suffering from a lack of goals from his frontmen, especially Alvaro Morata. Even Eden Hazard's scoring spree has taken a halt after a stellar start to the campaign.
Although Chelsea is playing at home, City will be expected to have most of the ball in an interesting clash of similar styles. Both teams like to play out from the back and press the opposition.
It will be interesting to see the kind of game the tireless N'golo Kante has for the home side because Sarri had pointed out after the defeat to Spurs that he wants the World Cup-winning midfielder to stick to his position.
Kante usually likes stepping out to intercept the ball which led to Sarri's team losing their structure and Spurs took full advantage of it.
The City team looks extremely strong but they will miss their dynamic left-back Benjamin Mendy which might be an area Chelsea can exploit.
Probable Starting XIs
Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, N'golo Kante, Matteo Kovacic; Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard
Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Fabian Delph; Fernandino, David Silva, Bernardo Silva; Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane
Global TV listings:
- UK: BT Sport
- Germany: DAZN
- Italy: Sky Sport
- Spain: Movistar+
- US: NBC Sport
- Canada: TSN
- Australia: Optus Sport
- Bangladesh: Star Sports