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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(64) 39 Goals 40 (72)
(44) 36 Assists 38 (50)
(6.9) 7 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
32 Average Age 31
181 Average Height (cm) 182.1
(1.3) 1.3 Shots pg 1.4 (1.2)
(51%) 49% Aerial Duel Success 51% (51%)
(0.8) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.4) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Micah Richards Out 7.34
Gareth Barry Doubtful 6.99
Vincent Kompany Doubtful 7.09
Javi García Doubtful 6.8
Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out 6.49

Team News

  • Roberto Mancini could have some issues in central midfield, where both Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia are doubts; the former missed the FA Cup win over Leeds while the latter was subbed off after an hour with a knock. However, at least one will be risked.
  • Vincent Kompany should make his return from a calf injury that has kept him out for a couple of weeks, with Joleon Lescott dropping out.
  • Mancini will be hoping that Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez can link up as they did against Leeds for the remainder of the season.
  • Fernando Torres had a torrid night on Thursday as Chelsea scraped through the Europa League last 32 with an injury time goal from Eden Hazard, so he may be replaced by Demba Ba up front.
  • Ivanovic, Luiz and Cole were all rested in midweek and will be fresh to face Man City.
  • Mikel and Ramires could play in defensive midfield, though Frank Lampard will also be hopeful of a starting berth.


  • These sides played out a drab goalless draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, but the neutral will be hoping for a more exciting game this coming Sunday. City have floundered recently and are in stark danger of being caught by Chelsea, who are now only 4 points behind them in the table.
  • City have won at home to Chelsea in each of the last 3 seasons, and will be favourites to continue that run here, particularly given their great home record over the past few seasons.
  • Rafa Benitez is coming under increasing pressure and while no one will expect his side to take anything from this game, a point from a good performance could win over a few doubters. However, even that is unlikely, and Mancini's side should take all 3 points.
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