Chelsea head to London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday eager to maintain or even extend their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as domestic action resumes after the international break.
Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored twice as holders Manchester City sailed into the English League Cup fourth round with a crushing 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday.
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho`s side in an early showdown between the Premier League`s heavyweights.
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard could make his Manchester City debut on Saturday as the Premier League champions face rivals Arsenal at the Emirates. City have a critical run of three games in the space of eight days and Manuel Pellegrini will want to rotate his squad wisely.
England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from international football after a career spanning 15 years on Tuesday. The 36-year-old`s 106th and final cap for his country came on June 23 when he captained England in their final World Cup game against Costa Rica.
Jose Mourinho heralded Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea`s new playmaker in place of the departed Frank Lampard and urged fans to greet him and his squad before Tuesday`s first home friendly in eight years on Tuesday.