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Frank Lampard ready for Chelsea return

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50-50 Challenge: Chelsea vs. Man City and 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 on 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 that...

 By Rory Smith

Diego Costa will remain controversial -- and indispensable -- for Chelsea

ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.
ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo delves deeper into the conundrum that is, Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's recent charge for violent conduct.

John Terry has a well-worn technique for getting his message across. You see it whenever the Chelsea captain takes to the pitch, but it always seems to stand out more in the sanitised surrounds of the Champions League than in the hurly-burly of domestic competition.

Terry is one of those central defenders who likes to introduce himself to a striker early on. It does not necessarily take the form of a reducer. He is cleverer, subtler than that -- a shoulder charge, or a collision of chests, something...

 By Nick Miller

Can Chelsea cope without Costa? Five questions for Chelsea vs. Man City

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.

Nick Miller asks and answers five key questions ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

1. Can Chelsea cope without Diego Costa, and possibly Cesc Fabregas?

The good thing about having the perfect striker for your system of play is that when he's there, things run in perfect, smooth harmony, players neatly complementing each other and slotting together like it was meant to be. The bad thing is, when he's not there then things are thrown...

 By Michael Cox

John Terry is the Premier League's best central defender this season

The ESPN FC crew debate whom they believe is the best defender in the English Premier League, and settle on Chelsea as the best defensive unit in the league with John Terry at the helm.
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 Janusz Michallik analyses how Juan Cuadrado would fit within Chelsea's starting XI.

Ask any English football fan for their opinion on Chelsea captain John Terry, and you'll probably receive a somewhat blunt response. The first answer is very rarely "complete defender." Terry appears almost universally despised among English football fans, with Chelsea supporters an obvious exception. Disliking Terry has become something of a national sport and, you could argue, with good reason.

Controversies from earlier in Terry's career range from somewhat trivial to the significantly more...

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Who will win when Chelsea play Manchester City?

The FC TV panel think the title race could be over if Chelsea win. What do you think? Vote now!

The Premier League's top two teams meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and we want to know who you think will be celebrating -- the current leaders or the defending champions?

Who will win?

Hosts Chelsea enter the game with a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table and are unbeaten in the last three league games between the two clubs, the most recent of which was a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in September.

That day, Andre Schurrle put Jose Mourinho's side in front only for Chelsea's...

David Moyes is like Jose Mourinho, says Real Sociedad's Esteban Granero

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno talks David Moyes' chances of upsetting a Real Madrid side without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Few players in football have worked under as many top managers as Esteban Granero. Still only 27, the former Real Madrid starlet has already taken tactical instructions and listened to motivational speeches from the likes of Michael Laudrup, Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho, Harry Redknapp and now David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

Granero's winding career path has already taken him through the Bernabeu youth system, a breakout spell at Getafe, three up-and-down seasons in the Madrid first team, a less...