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Chelsea vs. Manchester City, Premier League: Confirmed Lineups

Saturday's rude awakening for Chelsea against Crystal Palace reminded us of just how quickly things can change in this league. With our lead over Tottenham cut down to 7 points, failing to win this evening could possibly see Spurs getting too close for comfort, should they overcome Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Enough of Tottenham talk though, let's gear up for what promises to be a great game of football.

Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):

Courtois | Zouma, Luiz, Cahill (c) | Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kanté, Alonso | Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Substitutes from: Begovic, Aké, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Willian, Matic

Manchester City starting lineup (4-1-4-1):

Caballero | Fernandinho, Kompany (c), Stones, Clichy | Delph | Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane | Aguero

Substitutes from: Bravo, Zabaleta, Fernando, Sterling, Nolito, Kolarov, Toure


Date / Time: Wednesday, April 5, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT; 00:30am IST (next day)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Mike Dean

Forecast: Overcast but dry.

On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); NBCSN, NBC Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); elsewhere

Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Universo Now (USA); Hotstar (USA)

So it's a first Premier League start for Kurt Zouma, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving up to wing-back, replacing the injured Victor Moses. What a game for the young Frenchman to return in, too! Another 'surprise' in the line-up is probably the inclusion of Cesc Fabregas over Nemanja Matic in midfield.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has made a few changes of his own. Fabian Delph (that's right, Delph) appears to be the lone holding midfielder with Fernandinho at right-back. Vincent Kompany starts as well.

Let's get those three points! COME ON, CHELSEA!

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