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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Chelsea, Man City play for a draw that keeps both teams happy in title race

Saturday's draw wasn't fun for the fans but does help both teams stay in lockstep atop the Prem.

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League.

1. Title rivals share points

There were a reported 650 million people looking on from across the globe but planet Earth may not have been too impressed by an often-turgid encounter between English football's two best teams. Five points remains the gap between leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.

As expected, neither team was ready to bet the farm on the whole affair. Given that their need for victory...

 By Mark Worrall

Nemanja Matic superb, Chelsea attack poor in 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Former Chelsea man Craig Burley breaks down Chelsea's 1-1 draw with reigning title holders Manchester City.

Chelsea remain five points clear of title rivals Manchester City after Saturday evening's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. It wasn't pretty and it didn't live up to the hype, but in the end, as far as Blues supporters leaving the ground went, it didn't matter. One more game played, one step closer to the title.

The big question before the game was up front. With Diego Costa banned for three games and unavailable to play against Man City, would Loic Remy be able to rise to the occasion? The general...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Mourinho's silence speaks volumes as Chelsea, Man City fail to entertain

Under-siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea man Craig Burley breaks down Chelsea's 1-1 draw with reigning title holders Manchester City.

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho had a result he probably accepted, but the world beyond the Special One definitely didn't receive the match it desired. Nor did it get to hear his views on a 1-1 draw in which his Chelsea team held Manchester City at arm's length.

Saturday's game was billed as the "biggest" game of the season so far and could have had a major impact on the title race; sadly, the latest of his self-imposed media blackouts meant that neither he nor any of his coaching staff gave their opinions...

 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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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...