Chelsea face arguably their toughest test to date in the English Premier League this season when they travel to The Etihad Stadium to take on league leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues are clinging onto fourth position by the skin of their teeth and they may need to snatch at least a point against in-form City to retain their UEFA Champions League qualification spot into next week.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola opted to make some slight changes to his side for the 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in midweek. Attacking duo Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were rested for that match but could be recalled to the starting XI to face Chelsea.

The home side continue to be without goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and defenders Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy through injury.

Chelsea make the long trip north with defender Antonio Rudiger expected to be available for selection following injury while want-away winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has overcome a virus. Veteran defender Gary Cahill is also set to be declared fit for the match, although he is unlikely to make the starting line-up.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 4pm and will be screened live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League Channels.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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