Three key battles that will decide Chelsea vs. Man City

Chelsea and Manchester City’s encounter at Stamford Bridge this week suddenly carries something more than bragging rights. A shock defeat for Antonio Conte’s Blues against Crystal Palace has left the door ever so slightly ajar for the Citizens and Spurs to close the gap with nine Premier League matches remaining.

Conte saw his side’s lead cut to seven points and, with an in-form City visiting the Bridge in midweek, they are under pressure once again. Defeat could see Spurs close the gap to a mere four points, which may mean we are treated to the most surprising of title races.

Pep Guardiola will surely have some dastardly tactical plan to unsettle Chelsea, just as he did at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. City ended up on the end of a couple of Chelsea suckerpunches, but were unfortunate not to take all three points themselves.

Question is, which battles should we watch out for this evening?