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Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 15 January 2022
Kickoff at 12:30 GMT
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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Everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea's Premier League visit...

When and where?

City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 15 January, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 (UK).

The match is available to watch live in the UK on BT Sport 1, while those living elsewhere across the globe can find out how to tune in via the global TV listings at the foot of this page.

Key bits of the action can also be followed over on Twitter: @ManCity.

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Man City app coverage

As always, the official Man City app offers comprehensive coverage of the action throughout the day.

Live text commentary can be accessed in our Matchday Centre from 10:30, which includes detailed analysis and stats, minute-by-minute in-game updates and post-match reaction.

Former City duo Shaun Goater and David James are special guests on Matchday Live, offering their expert insight from 11:30 on all digital platforms before, during and after the game.

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Once the action gets under way, live match commentary will be available to follow with Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison from the Etihad Stadium, while those with push notifications turned on will also be updated when team news is announced or when any goals go in.

But our app coverage doesn’t stop there, with plenty of post-match material to enjoy after the final whistle.

A comprehensive match report, plus reaction from Pep Guardiola and players alike can be accessed soon after full time, while a highlights package will also be available to view from 17:15.

And those with a CITY+ subscription can relive the match in full from midnight.

WATCH: It's a bumper January on CITY+

Matchday Live

Shaun Goater and David James are in the Matchday Live studio for our Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The former City duo made over 200 appearances for the Club and will cast their eye over Pep Guardiola’s current crop, as well as preview the visitors, ahead of kick-off.

Goater and James will also have their say on the City team once it’s announced before discussing a number of interesting and insightful topics.

Available on all digital platforms, Matchday Live provides a unique City-centric experience to your build-up.

Input from viewers is also actively encouraged, with Shaun and David answering questions throughout the live broadcast. To have your say, send a WhatsApp to: +447537186538.

Pep Guardiola preview

Pep Guardiola says his squad have been hit by fresh COVID cases ahead of our home clash with Chelsea.

The City boss, who has only just returned from self-isolation himself, was asked if the reported outbreak of the last few weeks had improved and whether he would have more players available for Saturday’s game.

But he says while some are back in training, others are likely to be ruled out with the virus.

“Some people are coming, some people are positive again,” said Guardiola.

“When you test twice negative you come back otherwise you stay at home isolating, which happens at all the [Premier League] clubs in the last three months.

“We have some new cases, yeah, but we want privacy, I can’t tell you [who is out].

“We are used to it, unfortunately, to handling this situation for a long time. It’s happened for one or two years.

“We adapt and hopefully the cases are handled and players come back in a good condition.

Ticket news

Tickets are still available to Cityzens Matchday Members. For more information, click here.

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MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Our official matchday programme is the perfect way to get you in the mood for Saturday’s game.

It’s packed full of exclusive interviews, in-depth features, Pep Guardiola’s notes, superb photography and all the stats and facts you could want to keep you entertained before kick-off.

As well as being available for purchase at the ground, supporters who may not be able to attend the game can also order the City matchday programme online for home delivery.

Fans can also order a programme subscription, which saves 25p per issue and includes free postage and packing in the UK.

Order your City v Chelsea programme, HERE.

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Last time out

City booked our place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-1 win away to Swindon Town on Friday 7 January.

Bernardo Silva tapped home an early opener after good work from Cole Palmer down the right, before Gabriel Jesus added number two before half-time with a clinical finish.

A sumptuous free-kick from Ilkay Gundogan added to our advantage before the hour, but the hosts pulled one back through Harry McKirdy’s near-post finish.

However, Palmer would have the final say at the County Ground with the 19-year-old rounding off a hugely impressive individual display with a delightful curling effort from a tight angle; his first FA Cup goal for the Club.

English Premier League
1 Manchester City Man City 37 28 6 3 96 24 72 90 WWWWD
2 Liverpool Liverpool 36 26 8 2 89 24 65 86 WWWDW
3 Chelsea Chelsea 36 20 10 6 73 31 42 70 WDLDW

Form Guide

City come into the tie off the back of a seven-match winning run in all competitions, while our sequence of victories in the Premier League stretches back to early November.

That fine form has propelled Guardiola’s men to the top of the Premier League, and we come into our clash with second-placed Chelsea holding a ten-point advantage.

However, victory over Thomas Tuchel’s side is far from a foregone conclusion, with the Blues currently embarking on a ten-match unbeaten run.

Chelsea’s last match saw them overcome National League side Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup third round.

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Previous meeting

Gabriel Jesus’ second half strike secured City a statement win at Stamford Bridge in September and dealt Chelsea their first defeat of the season in the process.

It was an utterly dominant performance from Guardiola’s men, who prevented the hosts from registering a single shot on target across the 90 minutes.

WATCH: Highlights: Chelsea 0-1 City

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