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Shot by Matija Nastasic missed to the left of the target.
David Silva crosses the ball.
Demba Ba is brought on as a substitute for Eden Hazard.
Stevan Jovetic takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Petr Cech parries the ball away.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Mikel on for da Silva Willian.
David Luiz takes a shot. Joe Hart catches the ball.
Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by da Silva Willian.
Free kick taken by John Terry.
Matija Nastasic booked for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matija Nastasic on Emboaba Oscar.
Header at goal by Vincent Kompany. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
Corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Emboaba Oscar comes on in place of Samuel Eto'o.
Nemanja Matic makes a clearance.
Shot by Yaya Toure went wide of the left-hand upright.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas crosses the ball.
David Luiz takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
Da Silva Willian sends in a cross.
Clearance by Matija Nastasic.
John Terry produces a cross.
Header at goal by Gary Cahill to the left of the net.
Corner from the right by-line taken by da Silva Willian.
Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
Clearance by John Terry.
David Luiz makes a clearance.
Strike comes in from David Silva from the free kick. Petr Cech parries the ball away.
Unfair challenge on Yaya Toure by da Silva Willian results in a free kick.
Foul by Martin Demichelis on David Luiz, free kick awarded.
Shot by Stevan Jovetic went wide left of the target.
Nascimento Ramires takes a shot. Joe Hart blocks the ball.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross.
Cesar Azpilicueta takes the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas delivers the ball.
Clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Header at goal by Gary Cahill hits the post.
Clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
Clearance by Gary Cahill.
Nemanja Matic is penalised for a handball.
Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Matija Nastasic makes a clearance.
Stevan Jovetic fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Stevan Jovetic.
Free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on da Silva Willian by Yaya Toure.
David Luiz produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Stevan Jovetic coming on for Alvaro Negredo.
Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires.
Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Eden Hazard.
Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
Shot by Yaya Toure missed to the left of goal.
Da Silva Willian takes a shot. Blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
Clearance made by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on Matija Nastasic.
Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Nascimento Ramires fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick.
The referee starts the second half.
The half-time whistle blows.
Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Foul by Nascimento Ramires on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded.
Nemanja Matic manages to make a clearance.
Samuel Eto'o takes the chance to get an effort at goal and bounces off the post.
Unfair challenge on David Luiz by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
The referee shows Nemanja Matic a yellow card.
Nemanja Matic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure.
Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.
Header by Edin Dzeko goes to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Martin Demichelis results in a free kick.
Eden Hazard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joe Hart catches the ball.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Petr Cech safely holds on.
Matija Nastasic takes the free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva.
Branislav Ivanovic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Branislav Ivanovic scores with a left foot finish. Man City 0-1 Chelsea.
Shot by Nascimento Ramires. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Nemanja Matic gets a block in.
David Silva has an effort at goal. Blocked by Nemanja Matic.
Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball.
Centre by Nascimento Ramires.
Martin Demichelis makes a clearance.
Shot by Edin Dzeko missed to the left of goal.
Shot comes in from David Luiz from the free kick that goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Matija Nastasic challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Samuel Eto'o takes a shot. Joe Hart catches the ball.
David Silva takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas sends in a cross.
Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
David Silva fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick.
Header at goal by Alvaro Negredo to the left of the net.
Corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the right by-line.
Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
David Luiz takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by da Silva Willian.
Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
John Terry takes the free kick.
Samuel Eto'o fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Matic on David Silva.
Alvaro Negredo takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Nascimento Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov.
Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Petr Cech.
David Silva has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
The match gets underway.
Pellegrini plays down home record
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not expect his side's formidable home form to bother Chelsea - but is urging the team to carry on powering forward.
City have swept aside all comers to the Etihad Stadium in Barclays Premier League this season, winning all 11 of their games and scoring 42 goals in the process.
In all competitions, only European champions Bayern Munich have not been beaten at Eastlands.
Pellegrini intends to continue in much the same way even though Monday's clash with Chelsea has plenty riding on it in title terms.
The Chilean said: "I don't know what the other teams think.
"For us it is very important to think that it's a new game and we don't know if we are going to score a goal, and we are not just thinking of scoring goals.
"I think in football all that has happened in the past is not important.
"Maybe one team can be feared, another team cannot be feared. One can come here just to defend, another team will think it is better to attack.
"I don't know what will happen, but for our team it is very important not to think about the past.
"To do it again we must repeat exactly the way we are playing here at the Etihad."
The match has been given extra spice by some of the comments of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has a perceived rivalry with Pellegrini dating back to when he succeeded the City boss as Real Madrid coach in 2010.
Mourinho has said City must be the title favourites and that they will be expected to score several goals.
And although he did not name City, he has also provocatively suggested some clubs have a "dodgy" approach to financial fair play rules.
Yet if this is an attempt at mind games with Pellegrini, the South American is letting it go over his head.
Pellegrini has reacted with indifference to all of Mourinho's remarks.
Even when reminded of Mourinho's celebrations after Chelsea beat City in October, which appeared to irritate him at the time, Pellegrini has no opinion.
He said: "I remember perfectly but, I repeat, I don't want this game to be a thing about Mourinho and me."
Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss Monday's crunch clash as he begins an anticipated month-long spell out.
He joins playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) on the sidelines while midfielder Javi Garcia is also out with a knock.
Midfielder James Milner could be back in contention after a groin problem.
Mohamed Salah could be included in Chelsea's squad after the Egypt winger trained with his new team-mates on Friday for the first time since joining from Basle.
Striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Mourinho insists Chelsea go to the Etihad in search of a victory and not simply to stifle Manchester City.
Chelsea beat City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in October when a rush of blood from Joe Hart allowed Torres to score a last-gasp winner and have also beaten Manchester United and Liverpool at home.
Away from home, Mourinho's men have adopted a conservative approach against their rivals, with goalless draws at Manchester United and Arsenal and a 1-1 draw at Tottenham.
Given City's prolific nature, Mourinho believes a defensive approach will not be enough to halt Pellegrini's men.
"City score goals," Mourinho said.
"Normally, when your approach is very defensive, if you concede a goal you are in trouble.
"Or you have to make changes during the game and you never know how the players adapt to it."
Mourinho believes Chelsea are taking a longer-term view this season and that will not be compromised despite facing a rampant City.
"It's not because of one game against certain opponents that we are going to change our philosophy," Mourinho added.
"We are going to try to win knowing perfectly we can lose or draw. Our intention is to try to win."
City, who begin the contest three points clear of Chelsea, are Mourinho's title favourites, before he bids to mastermind a title assault next term.
"Our objective is to finish in a Champions League spot," Mourinho said.
"That's the competitive objective, because the greater objective is the improvement of the team and preparing the team for the future."
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