Chelsea vs Man City 12/12/11 – The Day of Truth

Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Monday 12 December Kick-off: 20:00 GMT Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website


Chelsea go into their 15th game of the season ten points behind their opponents and current leaders Man City. Chelsea manager Villas Boas said ‘that either we continue to challenge for the Premier League if we win or if we draw, or the Premier League becomes extremely difficult if we lose’. All chances of the title would be erased with a defeat, and the task will still be no easy one with a win.

However, In the wake of a stinging rebuke to Chelsea’s critics, Portuguese man-of-war Andre Villas-Boas needs his players to display their backbone during Monday night’s clash. Having “given everyone a slap in the face” by beating Valencia, Chelsea must now resuscitate their domestic title challenge. Their recent home record in this fixture is impressive, but then so is this current City side.

Roberto Mancini’s team are averaging more than three goals a game and their current club record run of 17 league matches without defeat has only been bettered by four sides in the Premier League – including Chelsea. Mancini has been philosophical about City’s Champions League exit and is unlikely to get carried away whatever the result at Stamford Bridge. His counterpart, Villas-Boas, may not be so calm if Chelsea slip 13 points behind the leaders on Monday night.

Frank Lampard is hoping for a recall to make his 350th premier league start for Chelsea. Jose Bosingwa has recovered from injury so may replace fellow defender David Luiz who serves a one match ban. I wonder if Chelsea are going to readopt their tactics used in the Champions League by dropping deeper and using pace to counter-attack dangerously. This was successful against Valencia so I think they should stick.

Keep the blue flag flying high! Here’s something to remind you what Chelsea can do. Chelsea 6-0 Man City 27 October 2007. Enjoy