Manchester City host league leaders Chelsea on Saturday as the two sides test their title credentials against a fellow contender.
Pep Guardiola’s City temporarily reached the summit of the division with a 2-1 victory over Burnley last week, only for Antonio Conte’s Blues to regain top spot following their win over Tottenham in the late kick-off.
Nonetheless, both teams go into Saturday’s game in fine form in what looks set to be a thrilling contest at the Etihad Stadium.
The hosts have won three of their last four Premier League games but have failed to win at home in the league since September 17, with draws against Everton, Southampton, and Middlesbrough frustrating the Manchester club.
Meanwhile, the Blues are on a sensational run which has seen them win their last seven league games, with Christian Eriksen’s strike last weekend the first goal they conceded in the league since September 24.
Victories over Manchester United, Everton, and Tottenham have underlined Chelsea’s title credentials, but they face their biggest test of the season at the Etihad on Saturday knowing that a win would take them four points clear of Guardiola’s men.
However, a victory for the hosts would take them above Conte’s men to the summit, and Guardiola may be tempted into making a few changes to the side that won at Burnley last weekend.