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Manchester City VS Chelsea match preview

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "In this moment our only problem is that we are missing 10 to 12 goals – there are no other problems."

Team news: Captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt having missed four games with a calf injury which manager Roberto Mancini has conceded has taken longer to heal than expected. Midfielder Gareth Barry, who was forced out of last week's FA Cup win over Leeds with an ankle injury, will also be assessed while right-back Micah Richards (knee) remains sidelined.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Sinclair, Nasri, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez: " We are confident that we can beat City or anyone if we do things in the right way”

Team news: Midfielder Frank Lampard will return to the squad after sitting out the 1-1 draw with Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic are in a similar position whilst Demba Ba also returns after being cup-tied. Manager Rafael Benitez confirmed a couple of his players are nursing knocks but has no fresh injury concerns with only Oriol Romeu (knee) absent.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Ake, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Ba.

Match officials
Referee: Andre Marriner; Assistants: D Cann, D England; Fourth official: M Jones
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