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Who else is going to score in the big game? 

TODAY'S Premier League showdown at the Etihad Stadium is one of those where we need the commentators to make something clear before the game.

As the players of Manchester City and Chelsea are shaking hands, we need to hear from the box exactly who they are nominating as their inevitable scorers in the match.

There are so many candidates for the "Who else?" after a goal goes in that we need them to pin their colours to the mast. Otherwise it will be open season:

"City go ahead and who else could it be but Frank Lampard against his former club?"

Fair enough, but you then are disqualified from having: "Chelsea are level, and who else could it be but Diego Costa?"

"It's 2-1 to City through Sergio Aguero - who else?"

"2-2 from a corner and who else could it be but John Terry?"

"Now 3-2 to City and who else but Scott Sinclair against his former club?"

Once in a while I'd love to hear "It's 1-0 to Chelsea through Willian. I had no idea that was going to happen as he doesn't score that often and never played for the other club."

But anyway that won't happen because Chelsea will actually win 1-0 through Diego Costa (who else?).

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16:00 TODAY SS1

Man City v Chelsea

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Man City have not led at half-time in any of their last 19 league meetings with Chelsea
Expert verdict
Jose Mourinho outwitted the eventual champions last season and Chelsea have the ability to do it again. They have scored nine goals in their two away games and Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have settled in brilliantly. The Blues have far more potency in attack than last season but still possess the steel required to keep a check on City’s creative players.