Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday (12:30pm ET kickoff on NBC) with both teams gunning for a positive result for very different reasons.
A win for the visitors puts more distance between themselves and Manchester United in the race for the top four and UEFA Champions League qualification. After knocking PSG out of the Champions League on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals for the first time, Manuel Pellegrini’s team are in good spirits, and should be motivated for this one.
Chelsea, on the other hand, saw their 15-game unbeaten run halted last week at Swansea. And as a result, they remain in 10th place in the Premier League. European qualification is still a mathematical possibility but anything other than a win here will surely put those hopes to rest.
Hiddink’s team have been poor in recent games against Manchester City with two draws and a defeat but they do have a good home record against City with three wins and two draws in the last five meetings.
For the hosts, Eden Hazard, John Terry, Loic Remy, Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matic are out of this game while Gary Cahill and Willian are doubtful.
Diego Costa has served his suspension and should be available for this one. Thibaut Courtois is also expected back in the lineup after sitting out of the last game at Swansea.
Manchester City have no new injury worries ahead of this game, so a strong lineup is expected. Raheem Sterling is unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a groin problem while Vincent Kompany is not yet match fit and unlikely to play from the start.
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