Who makes it into the starting XI for these two giants.
The biggest game of the Premier League this weekend is Chelsea’s hosting of Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Ahead of this match fanatix has decided to pick a combined XI from the plethora of talent on offer from these two title contenders.
Here’s our verdict:
It’s a a straight battle here between the consistent Petr Cech and the indifferent Joe Hart – with that sentiment giving some indication of the decision.
It would be difficult to argue that Cech is the much more efficient performer and this was perhaps the easiest choice in the side – the Czech Republic No.1 is in.
This is slightly more tricky as both sides have relied on solid back fours in recent times, with City extremely strong at the back last term, whilst the return of Jose Mourinho has seen a similar style with the Blues.
In central defence it is difficult to look past Citizens captain Vincent Kompany, as the 27-year-old is the best centre-back in the league in many people’s eyes.
To partner the Belgian the choice is actually a man who generally operates at right-back for the Mourinho’s team – Branislav Ivanovic.
However, the Serb is a central player by nature and is a much stronger candidate than any of the other options at either side.
This leaves the right-back slot open for Pablo Zabaleta, which is fairly simple to choose with the Argentine being named in the PFA Team of the Year last term.
At left-back Manuel Pellegrini seems to find it difficult to choose between Gael Clichy and Aleksandr Kolarov, whilst for Mourinho it’s simply Ashley Cole; for many the greatest in that position there has ever been.