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Frank Lampard ready for Chelsea return

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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 Ian Darke

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Manchester City are cornered tigers in this Premier League title race, and that makes them doubly dangerous as they aim to cut Chelsea's five-point lead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

After the 2-0 home losses to Arsenal in the league and Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, manager Manuel Pellegrini knows that another setback in this huge game would leave City's domestic campaign in tatters.

It would be hard to imagine Jose Mourinho's team surrendering an eight-point lead, should they...

Zabaleta-Ivanovic duel the main subplot in Chelsea vs. Manchester City

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester City's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, for which Steve Nicol believes their trip to Abu Dhabi was to blame.

A title decider has a subplot in the quest to be the best. Chelsea and Manchester City contest the silverware, Branislav Ivanovic and Pablo Zabaleta vie for an unofficial honour. They are the Premier League's two outstanding right-backs. Not necessarily over the case of this campaign, because Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has been a revelation, or last campaign, when Everton's Seamus Coleman was a formidable attacking presence, but over several seasons. Ivanovic and Zabaleta display a brand of...

No Frank Lampard goal celebration for Man City vs. Chelsea, says father

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Frank Lampard will not celebrate if he scores against Chelsea for a second time this season on Saturday, according to his father.

Lampard, 36, is Chelsea's 211-goal record scorer but opened his Manchester City account with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw between the two sides in September.

The veteran midfielder did not celebrate that and his father and namesake, former West Ham and England left-back Frank Lampard Sr. said he and his son, who remain Chelsea season ticketholders, won't again.

"He'll...

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...