Adrian Clarke is looking at key tactical points ahead of Matchweek 13.
Pep Guardiola's side have lost three of the opening 12 matches of their title defence as they continue to struggle with problems at the back.
They host the Blues on Saturday having slipped a point and a place behind them in the table.
Man City are scoring goals at a faster rate this season and are finishing their chances more clinically but injuries to key defenders have hurt them.
Four of the five regulars at the heart of their title-winning team have been unavailable too often.
And although Ederson is back in contention, Kyle Walker is the only defender from last season's impressive backline who is likely to feature at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Across City's last nine Premier League matches Pep Guardiola has not once selected the same back five for successive fixtures.
|Man City||2018/19||PL rank||2019/20||PL rank|
|Shots on target allowed||2.2||1||3.8||8|
Since the start of the campaign Guardiola has been forced to use six different central defenders and play influential midfielder Fernandinho out of position.
Because of this unfamiliarity at the back it is perhaps no surprise City are giving up more chances to the opposition.
This vulnerability could be good news for a Chelsea side who are averaging three goals per away match under Frank Lampard.
But the 22-year-old is still to find his feet defensively since rejoining City from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
Last time out at Anfield his poor clearance fell for Fabinho to score, before he was caught on the wrong side of Mohamed Salah for Liverpool's second goal. He then allowed Jordan Henderson too much room to cross for their third.
With these incidents fresh in their mind, Chelsea may target Angelino by regularly passing to their right winger, who is likely to be Willian.
He has only featured for 242 minutes but Angelino's strengths definitely lie in his attacking capabilities.
On his full home debut against Saints he played with great confidence, pushing himself deep into the final third as a matter of course.
In that 2-1 win he delivered 18 crosses from open play, a statistic that has propelled him to the top of the division's rankings.
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Although he has yet to provide an assist, his crosses have led to goals scored by Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva in City's last two matches.
If he is selected to face Chelsea the visitors must not allow him the time and space to pick out deliveries from the wing.
The Blues may be able to get at him when they have the ball, but Angelino has the quality to hurt them when they do not.
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