The return from the international break sees a mammoth tie in the Premier League as champions Manchester City host high-flying Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.

Frank Lampard had his doubters before the season started, however after 12 games played, his youthful side are one point above the star studded City.

Before the international break, City were dealt with a blow, as they were beaten 3-1 by a strong Liverpool side at Anfield. Also, as Wolves demonstrated this season as they ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad, City’s aura of invincibility has slowly been fading away and they look particularly vulnerable in their defence.

This will be music to Chelsea’s ears, as the Blues’ attack has been phenomenal this season, having scored 27 goals in their 12 games. In addition, Chelsea’s away form has been sensational, picking up 15 points out of a maximum 18 away from home this season.

But, an intriguing preposition coming into this fixture is that Lampard has struggled against the bigger teams in the league. Two losses to Manchester United, defeat to Liverpool and a lucky draw against Leicester indicate that Chelsea look nervous against larger teams.

Furthermore, a wounded Manchester City will be looking to bounce back and prove their quality to the rest of the league with a strong performance against a side that look to be confidently securing a top four position.

This game has all the makings of being a Premier League classic.