Chelsea hopeful of being back on winning ways as they host Manchester city at the Stamford Bridge

More pressure on Frank Lampard as his side welcome Manchester city at the Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match which might see the blues' summer signing, Hakim Ziyech making a comeback from Injury.

A return of just one victory in five games (W1, D1, L3) has given Chelsea a huge task as they chase an increasingly-unlikely first league title in four years. The two games won/drawn came at home and saw the 'Blues' score first and lead 1-0 at HT. In turn, they have averaged exactly 2.0 goals per game beyond the hour mark across their last six Premier League (PL) victories.

Despite being held to a 1-1 draw vs Aston Villa on Dec 28, Chelsea ended the 2020 calendar year averaging 2.18 points per home league game played in 2020. That is up drastically from the 1.32 attained per PL home game in 2019, with eight (72.73%) of the Blues' 11 home league victories recorded in 2020 producing a 2+ goal margin.

Manchester City are undefeated in six PL matches (W4, D2) after scoring the opening goal in five of those six, each time before the 31st minute. Impressively, they've now kept 13 clean sheets in all competitions this season, which was more than any other team across Europe's top five divisions on the day of their postponed match vs Everton.

In addition to losing both halves 1-0 on their last league trip to London, the visitors were beaten in their last visit here (2-1) going down to a penalty goal after losing the first half 1-0. Overall their ten-game PL form at Stamford Bridge is poor (W2, D2, L6), with the decider scored in the first half in two of the last four defeats.

Players to watch: Olivier Giroud scored the opener in Chelsea's 1-1 draw vs Villa. Four of his last six PL goals have come between the 31st minute and HT. Meanwhile, Ferran Torres is a rising City star, with three goals across his previous five competitive starts. City have won all seven matches in which he has netted this season.

Hot stat: At the FT whistle of Chelsea's draw vs Villa, Giroud had scored more headed goals than any other player in the competition (32) since August 2012.

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