Sir Alex Ferguson questioned this week whether Chelsea had been allowed to select their own fixture list, commenting upon the "very easy" nature of their opponents, and a visit to Eastlands certainly represents the most difficult test yet for the champions. City beat them twice last season but the home side are badly undermined by an injury list that will deprive Roberto Mancini of all but one full-back. Chelsea, too, have players missing after the midweek defeat to Newcastle United but their injury issues are not so serious and they are bound to cause problems for an experimental City defence. Daniel Taylor

Venue City of Manchester Stadium, tomorrow 12.45pm Tickets Sold out Last season Man City 2 Chelsea 1 Referee A Marriner

This season's matches 4 Y19, R1, 5.00 cards per game

Odds Man City 3-1 Chelsea 6-5 Draw 12-5

Manchester CitySubs from Given, Jô, Boyata, Vieira, A Johnson, Ibrahim, Cunningham, Adebayor, Lescott

Doubtful Lescott (groin)

Injured Richards (hamstring, Oct), Boateng (knee, Oct), M Johnson (knee, Oct), Kolarov (knee, Oct), Balotelli (knee, Oct), Bridge (thigh, Oct), Wright-Phillips (hamstring, Oct)

Suspended None

Form guide WDLWDD

Disciplinary record Y11 R0

Leading scorer Tevez 3

ChelseaSubs from Turnbull, Hílario, Bruma, Kakuta, Zhirkov, Sturridge, Bosingwa, Van Aanholt, Borini

Doubtful Bosingwa (knee), Kakuta (back) Injured Lampard (groin, Oct), Benayoun (calf, Oct), Kalou (thigh, Oct)

Suspended None

Form guide WWWWWW

Disciplinary record Y6 R0

Leading scorer Malouda 6

Match pointers• Chelsea have won at Manchester City's ground more often than any other team in the Premier League era (10 times)

• Carlos Tevez has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Chelsea

• Chelsea have scored with 27% of their shots, a league high in terms of conversion rate

• Man City have won only four of their last nine Premier League home matches

• Florent Malouda has scored six goals in four Premier League starts this season