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Football news - Raheem Sterling leads the line for Manchester City, Eden Hazard up top for Chelsea

Sterling leads the line for City, Hazard up top for Chelsea

08/12/2018 at 17:01

Both sides have opted for the 'false nine' forward as Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Birthday boy Raheem Sterling has been picked by Pep Guardiola to start up top for Manchester City as they visit Stamford Bridge. The England international has eight Premier League goals so far this season and is surprisingly preferred by his manager over natural centre-forward Gabriel Jesus who started the midweek match agaisnt Watford.

Sergio Aguero is still out with an abductor injury which kept him out of the 2-1 win.

Aymeric Laporte returns to the heart of the City defence taking the place of club captain Vincent Kompany.

Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their miserable midweek defeat at Wolves.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has made four changes with Pedro coming in for Alvaro Morata and the return of regulars David Luiz, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic into the starting eleven.

The Italian has also opted to play with a false nine forward, with Eden Hazard flanked by Willian and Pedro.

Alvaro Morata has failed to make the squad, but Olivier Giroud features as a substitute for The Blues.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Giroud.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, David Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo Silva, Sterling. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.

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