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Balotelli: Could be on bench against Gunners

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City could be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli for the visit of the Gunners.

The Italy international has been restricted to just 33 minutes action after suffering a knee injury during his debut against Timisoara in August.

However, after emerging unscathed from training, the £23million forward is likely to be on the bench for the Blues, who are looking to consolidate second spot.

Full-back Bacary Sagna will return to the Arsenal squad following a thigh problem.

Fit-again strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are again included in the squad, but centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere starts a three-match ban.

Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.

Man City (from): Hart, Given, Boateng, Richards, Zabaleta, K Toure, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Milner, Barry, De Jong, Y Toure, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Silva, A Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli, Adebayor, Jo.

Gunners (from): Fabianski, Clichy, Squillaci, Djourou, Eboue, Nasri, Song, Fabregas, Arshavin, Walcott, Chamakh, Szczesny, Denilson, Rosicky, Bendtner, Diaby, Gibbs, Lansbury.

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Premier League Fixtures

Sunday, 21 September 2014
16:00
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Chelsea
Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Leicester 5 1 8
7 Man City 4 3 7
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Everton 4 -1 5
14 Stoke 5 -1 5
15 West Brom 5 -4 5
16 Sunderland 5 -1 4
17 QPR 5 -8 4
18 Burnley 5 -3 3
19 Newcastle 5 -6 3
20 C Palace 4 -3 2

Updated Sun, 21 Sep 2014

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