Manchester City v Chelsea: Preview and possible line-ups

Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus celebrate Man City's 2-0 win over Everton

Players and fans alike have heaped the praise on Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum after the midfielder's performance in the Reds 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Cavani scored the only goal of the game from the spot in PSG's win over Bordeaux on Saturday, but he was unable to finish the match and limped off soon after finding the net, reportedly with a thigh strain. They're now top of the table in the Premier League, face Schalke in the Champions League quarterfinals, play Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round and will take on Chelsea in the finals of the League Cup on February 24. Chelsea, meanwhile, are 4th with 50 points and are being closely chased by a resurgent Manchester united and Arsenal. Sergio Aguero was substituted during that win and looks likely to lead the line again against Chelsea.

Yet, hope does exist for Chelsea should Sarri learn the same lessons Guardiola did after his first experience of the harsh winter months in English football. Chelsea's last five games have three victories and they suffered two defeats.

Liverpool must play the same three sides but have the added challenge of an away Merseyside Derby to contend with.

City and Guardiola know that only too well having lost at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season in what was probably Chelsea's best performance under Sarri.

"But in the meantime, I believe we have the squad strength to cover those players".

Unfortunately for Sarri he may not be allowed the time Guardiola was afforded given the lengths City went to secure his signature and also the trigger happy culture at Chelsea under Roman Abramovich.

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"What I would say is that it makes total sense that we all do our best when we are at Anfield".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged his players to give "every fibre of their bodies" in the battle for the Premier League title.

"You have to be more competitive in the market or you need to work. How many, we will see, but we will try everything".

The reference to the transfer market may prove another significant difference.

Manchester City went into first-place after seeing off Everton on Wednesday, but Reds breezed above Pep Guardiola's side with goals from Mohamed Salah, Gini Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane seeing off the Cherries. "How many? We will see". Not only Fernandinho but also [Kevin] De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva. technically I think they are the best midfield in Europe at the moment, so I think it will really be very hard to be in control of the match.

The day started at Craven Cottage where Manchester United's incredible form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with an easy win to climb into the top four.

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