Chelsea will be hoping to close the gap on Manchester City in the title race across the remaining months of the season but that may be a tough ask without Ben Chilwell in their ranks.
The left-back is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament injury against Juventus in the Champions League.
It has left Thomas Tuchel short in the position with just Marcos Alonso remaining as an out-and-out option for the left wing-back role, although options are being explored in the January transfer window.
Ten points currently separate Chelsea from the table-toppers ahead of this weekend’s clash at the Etihad and supporters will be eager to see the Blues make a statement.
But with no Chilwell, they are undoubtedly weakened. Recent research from BettingExpert.com revealed which players have the highest win percentage for their sides.
Chilwell was far ahead of his teammates having won five of the six Premier League games played this season, garnering a win rate of 83 per cent.
It is a revelation that could pile the pressure on Emerson Palmieri, with Tuchel reportedly eager to bring the Italian back from his loan spell with Lyon early to help with the squad shortage.
Last season was a hugely successful one for the left-back, lifting the Champions League with the Blues before claiming the Euro 2020 crown in the following summer.
But with both Chilwell and Alonso at Stamford Bridge, Emerson was keen to pick up some regular minutes elsewhere on loan.
The 27-year-old has been a regular for Lyon this season, appearing 16 times in Ligue 1 as well as in the Europa League.
Chelsea were linked with a move for Lucas Digne but did not pursue their initial interest, with Tuchel preferring a short-term, low-cost solution in the form of Emerson.