Reigning champions Manchester City will look to keep the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool when they welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday night.
The stakes, as always, are sky-high. For the defending champions, Sunday’s fixture is about asserting dominance and keeping themselves alive in the title race. For Chelsea, on the other hand, it’s about European recognition, about keeping the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United at bay.
In the reverse fixture, Chelsea handed Pep Guardiola’s champions a bitter 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. That ill-fated result in London allowed Liverpool to get a foothold in the title race, but now, things have once again started to turn. Liverpool don’t look impenetrable anymore, and City, not timid. Maurizio Sarri’s men probably aren’t at par with the holders, but they, too, won’t back down without a fight.
Manchester City will be wary of the side that handed them their first home defeat of the season. But thanks to their best-in-class home record — 12 wins in 13 matches — they’ll feel pretty confident coming into this one. Chelsea are winless in their last six league away games against their top-six rivals, losing the last four. But if they can channel the energy they had produced in the reverse fixture, they’ll have a pretty great chance of pulling off an upset.
These two old foes have produced some memorable clashes over the years, and here we take a look at five of those that kept us on the edge of our seats.
Here are the five most memorable clashes between Manchester City and Chelsea:
5. Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea, 03 December 2016
Fourth-placed Manchester City knew they had a mountain to climb against Antonio Conte’s relentless Chelsea. Both teams carved out chances in the first half, but Gary Cahill’s unfortunate own goal handed Manchester City the lead at the stroke of half-time.
The Blues came out all guns blazing in the second half and turned the game on its head through Diego Costa and Willian’s second-half strikes. Eden Hazard added the third goal in injury time.
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4. Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea, 15 February 2014
Having endured two defeats to Chelsea in the Premier League, Manchester City came into the FA Cup 5th round clash looking for revenge. They started the game on the front foot and got themselves deservedly ahead in the 16th minute as Stevan Jovetic hit the back of the net.
Chelsea did their best to get back into the match but were thoroughly outplayed by a determined Manchester City squad. Samir Nasri doubled City’s advantage in the second half to seal the win.
3. Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City, 05 August 2018
To be fair, this FA Community Shield clash probably isn’t one of the most memorable meetings in history, but it’s safe to say that it was mighty significant.
Maurizio Sarri’s first match in charge saw Chelsea thoroughly outplayed by a confident Manchester City side. Pep Guardiola didn’t have all his players at his disposal, but he still managed to register a comfortable win. Sergio Aguero scored a brace to take the match ball home.
2. Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City, 27 October 2007
Chelsea’s most emphatic success over Manchester City in the Premier League era came in late October 2007. The Blues were a place behind Manchester City in league standings, so, the result, as expected came as a shock to many.
A brace from Didier Drogba and a goal each from Michael Essien, Joe Cole, Andriy Shevchenko, and Salomon Kalou, sealed the win.
1. Chelsea 2-4 Manchester City, 27 February 2010
A pair of braces from Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy saw Manchester City inflict Chelsea’s first home defeat of the season. The Stamford Bridge side were the outright favourites coming into the game, but the Sky Blues made sure to spoil the party for good.
Frank Lampard also netted a brace in a match that saw two Chelsea players — Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack — get sent off.