Posted by News Express | 31 January 2015 | 3,872 times

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English football fans are eagerly anticipating the thrilling showdown between the two English Premier League title contenders, Chelsea and Manchester City, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Leading the league with 52 points in standings, Chelsea will host Manchester City, who have 47 points, Saturday. The clash will kick off at 1730 GMT.

The London giant's will lack their star forward Diego Costa after the English Football Association decided to ban the 26-year-old for three games after examining video footage of Costa stepping on the foot of Liverpool's Emre Can during the League Cup semi-final Tuesday.

Visitors Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri will miss the match due to a calf injury. City's central midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Wilfried Bony are representing the Ivory Coast in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and thus will also be absent.

On Saturday, Manchester United will play against Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Currently fourth in the league, the Red Devils are aiming to climb higher up the table by defeating Leicester City. Home team Manchester United's left winger Ashley Young is unable to play due to a thigh injury.

The game will be played at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium and will begin at 1500 GMT.

On Sunday, Arsenal will play against Aston Villa at home. Arsenal are hoping to overtake their opponents Manchester United in the table this weekend.

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder captain, Mikel Arteta, is sidelined until April due to ankle problems. The match at the North London club's home ground, the Emirates Stadium, will kick off at 1330 GMT.

Fixtures of matchday 23 are as follows:


Hull City vs Newcastle United at 1245 GMT

Crystal Palace vs Everton at 1500 GMT

Liverpool vs West Ham United at 1500 GMT

Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers at 1500 GMT

Sunderland vs Burnley at 1500 GMT

West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur at 1500 GMT

Manchester United vs Leicester City at 1500 GMT

Chelsea vs Manchester City at 1730 GMT


Arsenal vs Aston Villa at 1330 GMT

Southampton vs Swansea City at 1600 GMT

•Photo shows Drogba.

Source: News Express

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