Chelsea vs Manchester City: how and where to watch - times, TV, online
All the information you need to know on how and where to watch Chelsea host City at Stamford Bridge (London) on 3 January at 17:30 CET.
There is no doubting that as we swap 2020 for 2021, this season's Premier League is looking like it could be one of the most competitive at the top that we've seen in recent memory, and two sides expected to be title contenders face each other on Sunday.
Chelsea welcome Man City to the Bridge
Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge with both teams eager not to lose any more ground with current pace-setters Liverpool and Manchester United. Both Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola have plenty of talent at their disposal but have both struggled to find consistency.
One issue that had put this game at risk is the spread of covid-19 across various squads, but everything appears to be in place, something both managers addressed pre-match.
Lampard ready for City test
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said their preparations for the clash against City will go ahead as planned despite fresh covid-19 cases at both clubs this week. City's match against Everton was postponed on Monday after multiple positive cases for the novel coronavirus at the club.
The first-team squad were able to resume training on Wednesday only after the entire staff in the bubble returned negative covid-19 tests.
'When you work like Timo then it's a matter of time.'— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 2, 2021
"I've been given the chances of the game being postponed. At the moment the game is on," Lampard told a news conference on Friday.
"We know that Manchester City have had some (covid-19) positives at their training ground."
Pep confirmd positive five
City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed five players are currently self-isolating due to covid-19, while Lampard revealed two positive cases within their own camp.
"We've had a couple ourselves but not on the playing staff and that's the current situation," he added.
The United Kingdom has had more than 2.4 million confirmed covid-19 cases and recorded over 73,500 deaths.
The country is battling a new variant of the virus and Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered millions more people to live under the strictest restrictions from Thursday to curb its spread after case numbers rose sharply in the last two weeks.
When asked if his players have any concerns about playing this weekend, Lampard said: "We feel as safe as the general public. We're in a protective environment - certainly in the workplace. We're now tested twice a week, which is important.
"I think safety and security is paramount, trying to keep the nation's spirits up. We enjoy watching our football but safety is important."
Lampard confirmed defender Reece James has been ruled out for the weekend with a muscle injury but winger Hakim Ziyech has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring issue.
What time does the Chelsea vs Man City match start?
The 2020/21 Premier League match between Chelsea and Man City will be played at Stamford Bridge (London) and will kick off at 17:30 CET on Sunday 3 January 2021.
That's 16:30 in the UK, 11:30 ET and 08:30 PT.
Find out what time the match kicks off no matter where you are in the world.
Where can I watch Chelsea vs Man City?
No matter where you are on the planet, you can see what channel the Chelsea vs Man City match is available on here.
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Premier League, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra, Sky Ultra HD.
United States: NBCSN, Telemundo, SiriusXM FC, NBC Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBCSports.com.
Is the Chelsea vs Man City game online?
Chelsea-Man City is available in most nations through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is showing the game in your country and if they have an online service or Ios/Android app to watch it on.
Access to all the minute-by-minute action, including stats, reaction and occasional humour, can be enjoyed across the globe right here on AS English. Build up begins about an hour before kick-off.
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