Chelsea must beat Manchester City this weekend to stand a chance of returning to the Premier League top four at the first opportunity.
A 2-1 loss to Manchester United last time out allowed Tottenham to leapfrog the reigning champions and Spurs host Huddersfield 25 hours before kick-off at Etihad Stadium so could be five points clear come Sunday.
City, meanwhile, continue to motor towards the title after thrashing Arsenal for the second time in five games, first in the EFL Cup Final before a league meeting at Emirates Stadium, both by a 3-0 scoreline.
Manchester City will be without Fernandinho after the midfielder suffered a thigh injury in the EFL Cup Final win over Arsenal.
Raheem Sterling is also struggling with a thigh injury, but could return. Fabian Delph is suspended. Benjamin Mendy is not expected back until April.
For Chelsea , Ross Barkley (thigh, hamstring) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (knock) are doubts for the weekend clash. David Luiz (knock) has been ruled out.
Manchester City likely starting XI:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; Gundogan, Silva; Bernardo, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero
Chelsea likely starting XI:
Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard
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