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Frank Lampard ready for Chelsea return

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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

Sunday
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Swansea

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...

50-50 Challenge: Chelsea vs. Man City & Frank Lampard's return

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised the quality of Frank Lampard after the midfielder scored the winner against Sunderland.

Frank Lampard returns to Chelsea for the first time since leaving them for Manchester City this Saturday as the champions take on Jose Mourinho's men in a crucial clash at Stamford Bridge.

It was rather surreal to see Lampard, clad in sky Blue, score against Chelsea for City earlier in the season -- the equaliser in a 1-1 draw that could yet turn out to be pivotal in the title race.

He has netted seven goals for Manuel Pellegrini's men this season and would you really put it past him adding to...

 By Nick Miller

Transfer sagas: 10 of the most memorable recent deals

Luka Modric left Tottenham, after interest from Chelsea, for Real Madrid in 2012.

There have been some fascinating, some arduous and some complicated transfer sagas over the years. Here, Nick Miller picks 10 of the most memorable deals that were finally signed on the dotted line.

10. Luka Modric, from Tottenham to Real Madrid


In football, as in many walks of life, the person with the most money very often gets their own way. Not in the case of Chelsea and Luka Modric though. Modric signed for Tottenham in 2008, and, despite Harry Redknapp's apparent bafflement at where...

 By Max Hicks

Gomis makes life after Bony difficult after alienating Swansea fans

Swansea have suffered in the wake of Wilfried Bony's departure, with Bafetimbi Gomis struggling to win over the fans.

There are lots of reasons which can explain Swansea's recent bad run of results. Injuries and suspensions have stretched a small squad while Ki Sung-Yeung's temporary loss to the Asian Cup has emphatically underlined his importance to his club side.

Most notably, Wilfried Bony's permanent departure has opened a power vacuum at the spearhead of Swansea's attack which heir apparent Bafetimbi Gomis has so far categorically failed to fill. The player's unwelcome suggestions that he might like to follow...

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Asian Cup Team of the Tournament

Ahead of Saturday's decider between host nation Australia and the undefeated South Koreans, ESPN FC asked all of its writers covering the tournament to select their best XI of 2015 Asian Cup stars...

Goalkeeper: Kim Jin-hyeon (South Korea)
The 27-year-old shot stopper, who plays his club football in Japan with Cerezo Osaka, has been in fantastic form since replacing Kim Seung-gyu after the opening match against Oman, which Korea Republic won 1-0. Kim Jin-hyeon has amassed an impressive four consecutive...