Manchester Metropolis take centre stage within the Premier League this lunchtime for the Stamford Bridge showdown with title rivals Chelsea (12.30pm).
Pep Guardiola and his star-studded crew have clocked up three wins and a draw from their opening 5 matches, whereas the Blues have taken 13 factors from a potential 15.
Metropolis, nonetheless, travelled to west London with plenty of harm considerations.
They have been with out 5 senior gamers – John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Aleks Zinchenko, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan – for the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers, although a quantity have been included within the travelling celebration on Friday night time.
As attentions flip again to the Premier League, champions Metropolis gained’t need to face Mason Mount or Christian Pulisic after each gamers have been dominated out by means of harm.
Edouard Mendy will probably be out to cease Jack Grealish & Co. between the posts, although, after being handed match.
Right here is how the house aspect will line-up at Stamford Bridge;
Confirmed Chelsea aspect
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Werner, Lukaku
Chelsea substitutes: Kepa, Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek, Niguez, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Havertz
Metropolis line-up – CONFIRMED
Right here is the information you will have been ready for, the Metropolis crew has been confirmed at Stamford Bridge.
Metropolis line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, Foden; Jesus, Grealish, de Bruyne.
On the bench: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Torres, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Palmer, Lavia.
So after taking part in these choice playing cards near his chest, Guardiola DOES have Stones, Laporte and Rodri out there – with two of these gamers beginning.
As anticipated, Zinchenko and Gundogan are each lacking.
Pep sends ‘punchy’ message to rivals
Pep Guardiola has come out swinging forward of three main exams for Metropolis within the Premier League and Champions League.
Over 9 days, the Blues play three of the strongest contenders for the 2 trophies they crave essentially the most as they journey to Chelsea this Saturday lunchtime, whereas the midweek take a look at at PSG is adopted up by a visit to Anfield to face Liverpool within the remaining match earlier than the subsequent worldwide break.
We may have performed different groups, however the schedule is the schedule. They determined to have these video games and we welcome it. We’re the champions as a result of we not often complain about many silly issues. It’s what it’s – settle for it, adapt and go for it.”