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Chelsea vs. Manchester City, Premier League: Preview, Game time, TV schedule and online streaming info

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Whenever this game was earmarked for primetime television coverage on both sides of the Atlantic, I'm sure they were not anticipating such a low-key occasion.  Though, in fairness, the game does still matter for the visitors, who are in a knock-dock-drag-out fight for the title fourth place.  Still better than Chelsea's quest for that illustrious top half of the table finish.  Whoa nelly!

Light on story lines, the focus has been almost solely on the return of Kevin De Bruyne to Stamford Bridge, even though Mourinho is long gone and De Bruyne himself has long since moved on from his forgettable few months in the SW6.  In fairness, there's very little else to talk about.

We're launching some new energy drink partnership with way too much fanfare.  So that's something.  Let's not embarrass ourselves any more beyond that, shall we?

Date / Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 17:30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10pm IST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Mike Dean — The all-time leader in Chelsea games refereed with 60, Dean will take charge for just the third time this season.  His other games this season were the 0-0 away to Watford and the 2-0 home win over Arsenal with the whole Costa-Gabriel incident.  Dean also refereed this exact fixture back in 2009-10, a shocking 4-2 win for City with a brace from Tevez and Bellamy each.  It was Ancelotti's only domestic loss at home all season.

Forecast: Cool and getting colder.

On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBC, NBC Universo (USA); Star Sports 2 / HD 2 (India); elsewhere

Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra (USA); Star Sports (India)

Chelsea team news: The injury list is getting a bit shorter, with Nemanja Matić and Gary Cahill once again available for selection.  With the cream of the crop of the academy away in Nyon, Switzerland for the UEFA Youth League final, those two are expected to be at least on the bench.  Willian and Kenedy had been nursing minor knocks, but as far as we know, they are available as well.  Kurt Zouma, Loïc Rémy, John Terry, and Eden Hazard remain out.  Diego Costa has finished serving his three-match suspension and should be getting the start.

Chelsea have lost three of five and have just one win in six in all competitions.

Manchester City team news: City's two long-term injury absentees are captain Vincent Kompany, who keeps injuring his calf, and Raheem Sterling, who hasn't nearly been as influential in the new year as he had been in the first half of the season.  Of course that's where Kevin De Bruyne and the newly fit Samir Nasri come in.  Both should be involved, despite City's midweek exertions in the Champions League, given the ailing and only partially fit David Silva.

City's post-Guardiola announcement wobble may have taken them out of the title race, but they're a confident bunch at the moment thanks to their win over PSG.  For more on City, be sure to check out Rob's opposition analysis.

View from the enemy: Bitter and Blue

Previously: Let's not worry about that too much.  NBC calls it "Chelsea's worst defeat of the season", our first league meeting, in their promo for the nationally televised game, and Chelsea "want revenge".  I doubt it'll be that dramatic.  Nor will it be even as dramatic as the 5-1 win against City's kids in the FA Cup (that decision, remarkably, has sort of paid off for Pellegrini, no?).  The FA Youth Cup final coming up between our respective U18 sides might be the one to circle on the calendar instead.

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