Pep Guardiola’s table-topping, free-scoring Manchester City visit champions Chelsea on Saturday in what looks the most mouthwatering match of the Premier League season so far.
City’s megabucks squad lead Antonio Conte’s men by three points in the table but face the toughest test of their title-winning credentials against the team who romped to glory last term.
But who would earn a spot in a fantasy dream team comprising players from both squads? Here’s Sportsmail’s verdict – let us know your opinion in the comments section below – but remember we have only selected from players fit and available to play this weekend.
Defending champions Chelsea were always going to be a different proposition. Antonio Conte’s team defeated City twice in the league last season, with the victory at the Etihad coming as a result of a tactical masterclass by the Chelsea manager. The champions have the personnel and the game plan to beat, or certainly stifle, City again.
Guardiola’s team are stronger than last season but how City overcome the loss of two key players will be crucial — not only to this weekend’s game but also their prospects of winning the title.
Aguero’ s first-team spot has been in doubt in recent months, with Guardiola making it clear the Argentine had a fight on his hands but the player’s form this season, and blossoming partnership with Gabriel Jesus, means that his absence will be keenly felt — especially given the fact that City have no backup beyond the Brazilian to call upon.
City have already scored 21 goals in six league games, including their 6-0 win at Watford, with 11 coming at home in just three games.
Saturday was already going be City’s biggest game of the season so far and the biggest test of their title credentials. But without their talisman, Chelsea will spot a gap to exploit. If Guardiola’s men can prove they can still score goals without Aguero, their Premier League rivals will really have something to worry about.