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 By Kevin Palmer

Chelsea's siege mentality dominates as Man City visit Stamford Bridge

Big, big, big, big game in the Premier League. The boys report from Stamford Bridge, speak to Frank Lampard and play a game of snakes and ladders ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday
Hull City vs. Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Man United vs. Leicester
Stoke City vs. QPR
Sunderland vs. Burnley
West Brom vs. Tottenham
Chelsea vs. Man City

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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
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Battle of the Weekend: Chelsea v Manchester City

There comes a point in every season when Jose Mourinho deploys the siege-mentality phase of his operation and, after many weeks of careful planning and preparation, that emergency button was duly pressed shortly after his side's Capital One Cup semifinal win against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

During his...

A history of the Premier League's genuinely title-deciding showdowns

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

Jose Mourinho may be unwilling to talk about it, having cancelled his pre-game news conference on account of the violent conduct charge for Diego Costa, but it's not like Chelsea-Manchester City will be lacking in build-up this weekend. As tends to be the case with these modern fixtures, it has already been described as the season's key match, and a potentially defining meeting for the Premier League title.

There's little doubt that such showdowns can involve a lot of drama, and reveal plenty about...

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Injuries and suspensions: All the Premier League team news

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

Get all the latest team news and information from the weekend of Premier League action.

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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Moussa Sissoko
KEY STAT: Newcastle have scored more goals through their substitutes than any other team in the top flight this season (8).

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Hull City should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo were both forced off in the early exchanges of the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of the month with...


Frank Lampard will get 'best reception' on Chelsea return

The ESPN FC panel debate whether the match between Manchester City and Chelsea could be an early title decider.
Big, big, big, big game in the Premier League. The boys report from Stamford Bridge, speak to Frank Lampard and play a game of snakes and ladders ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

MANCHESTER -- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he expects Frank Lampard to get a great reception when he makes his first return to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The Chilean believes Lampard, Chelsea's 211-goal record scorer, may also be their most important-ever player. On Saturday, the midfielder goes back to his former club in City's colours.

Lampard was applauded by Chelsea fans in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium in September -- in which he scored City's late equaliser...

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Pellegrini: Costa needs to calm down

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he hopes Diego Costa learns from his three-match ban for stamping Emre Can.

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