The Citizens visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday looking for yet another win as they try to establish further distance from Chelsea.
City remain without talismanic, ex-Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, and an injury crisis at left-back means that Fabian Delph will likely come in for the injured Benjamin Mendy.
This is how City could set-up as they take on Chelsea away from home:
1. Goalkeepers and Defenders
Ederson (GK): The Brazilian has been in fine form for City, keeping eight clean sheets and only conceding seven goals in 15 games in the league. He’s made 25 saves this season, and will fancy himself to make even more against Chelsea’s attack on Saturday.
Kyle Walker (RB): The ex-Sheffield United man is one of three Yorkshire natives in this City back four. With blistering pace and equally able to attack and defend, Walker is a vital cog in the City machine.
Aymeric Laporte (CB): City’s young French defender has started every game in the league this season, and has been majestic at the heart of defence. He’s scored a few too, so he will be one for Chelsea to be wary of.
John Stones (CB): The elegant Yorkshireman has been magnificent for club and country, and at City his performances have allowed the team to push out from the back. Calm, composed, and extremely capable, he gets the nod over Nicolás Otamendi.
Fabian Delph (LB): With first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy out with a knee injury, and his young understudy Oleksandr Zinchenko also out, the 29-year-old Yorkshireman will be filling in at left-back.
Fernandinho (CDM): The Brazilian is crucial to way the City play; without him the Citizens lack a pivot in the middle of the park to make things happen. Against Chelsea, they’ll need his ability to break up play and ping it forward.
David Silva (AM): The magician will be weaving his spells in midfield at Stamford Bridge. With the uncanny ability to drift into the box, Chelsea will need to watch out for his sleight of foot.
Bernardo Silva (AM): ‘Silva the Younger’ has also been in cracking form for City, and the Portuguese international will come in fit and firing for this one having been left out of the matchday squad in their win against Watford.
Raheem Sterling (RW): Sterling is in marvellous form this season and, like last season, is finally converting his chances. Replaced by Riyad Mahrez at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, Pep will be hope he is primed and fresh to run at Chelsea’s defence.
Leroy Sané (LW): With a goal in his last outing against Watford in mid-week, the young German winger will be trying to torment Chelsea’s flanks at Stamford Bridge.
Gabriel Jesus (CF): With Aguero set to remain on the sidelines, expect Brazilian international Gabriel Jesus to deputise this weekend.