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Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Lineups & Game Thread

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Alex Livesey

"We know City are playing very well this season and they score a lot of goals, but we are not scared. We are going there to win."

"Some teams play against City and they are scared because they have a lot of strikers who score a lot of goals in their home stadium, but we are in good form as well, and if we win we will stay near the top of the table. It will be a good game."

-Eden Hazard; source: Chelsea FC

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Manchester City starting lineup (4-4-2):
Joe Hart | Alexandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasic, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta | David Silva, Yaya Toure, Martin Demichelis, Jesus Navas | Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko

Substitutes from: Costel Pantilimon, Dedryck Boyata, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Jack Rodwell, Marcos Lopes, Stevan Jovetic

Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, David Luiz, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o, Willian

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Mohamed Salah, Demba Ba

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Win or lose, at least we'll have some fun tunnel cam video from the Manchester City YouTube channel, right?

Both managers change up their formula a bit and play a defender in midfield.  Pellegrini partners Yaya Toure with Demichelis, while Jose goes for a three-man combination of Matic and Ramires with David Luiz.  Although, I suppose there's a small chance that Ramires plays a defensive right winger, but I hope that is not the case.

Love the lineup.  Now it's time to get excited.  UP THE BLUES!