Chelsea v Man City Odds : Away side look the value at big price at Stamford Bridge

Second plays host to fourth as big spending Chelsea and Manchester City do battle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Both sides are hitting form after slow starts to the season and will head into the game on the back of impressive away wins in the Champions League midweek.

Chelsea moved behind Arsenal in the table last weekend following a 4-1 win over Cardiff, a goal that saw Samuel Eto’o score his first Premier League goal.



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Mourinho’s side followed that win up with a 3-0 defeat of German side Schalke with another striker Fernando Torres scoring twice.

That win was Chelsea’s 6th in their last seven games in all competitions and with 14 goals in their last four games Mourinho and his charges will be full of confidence heading into the Super Sunday clash.

With both sides possessing an abundance of attacking talent in their squads the stage is set for a thrilling contest however according to Chelsea Belgian star Eden Hazard, the key to this weekend’s clash is the fitness of Vincent Kompany.

The City captain has missed the last three weeks with a groin injury and is rated as a doubt for the trip to London and according to Hazard should the defender miss it then it will give Chelsea a major boost going into the game.

“Kompany is really important for City because when he plays they win and when he doesn’t play they lose, often,” said Hazard.

“We know his quality and we’re lucky to have him in the Belgium team. I prefer to play with players like that than against them.”

The Blues will also be boosted by the news that Jose Mourinho has not received a ban for his touchline rant last weekend. The Chelsea manager was sent to the stands after losing his temper with referee Anthony Taylor when he asked Branislav Ivanovic to speed up taking a throw-in but rather than face a dugout ban, Mourinho has instead being fined £8,000.

Chelsea are unlikely to make too many changes for the clash with Eto’o and Torres vying for the striker role and the more defensively minded John Obi Mikel poised to come in as Mourinho looks for some protection for his back four.

City meanwhile could recall Joleon Lescott in place of Javi Garcia the back with Kompany struggling while Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic will hope for starting places are starting the midweek game on the bench.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.