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Chelsea v Manchester City betting will take centre stage on Saturday evening in the Premier League. It is the heavyweight clash between the two title rivals, and it could all boil down to pretty much being the title-decider this season. That is what is at stake as the two sides clash at Stamford Bridge on the weekend.

Chelsea go into the match with a five point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City, and if they pick up a win to stretch that to eight points, it is going to be mighty tough for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to come back from such a blow and defend their title.

Will Chelsea’s perfect home form in the Premier League this season continue? Will Manchester City be able to dig deep and shake off some below par performances recently which has seen them take just the one win in their last four league matches played?

When the two sides locked horns earlier this season at the Etihad, Chelsea almost took a big three points there, as Andre Schurrle put them 1-0 up with twenty minutes left on the clock. But then Chelsea’s decision to let Frank Lampard go came back to haunt them, as the former Chelsea man netted an equalizer for City, who had gone down to ten men in the game.

Ascendancy has swung towards Chelsea again in the title race, having stretched out their lead again over City, after having had some away day wobbles which resulted in City drawing level on points with them. But Mourinho’s men have started to gather themselves again, while City’s title tilt has started to come off the rails a bit. Will there be a winner on Saturday evening?

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29th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Preview

There is a potential eight point cushion at the top of the league waiting for Chelsea if they can pull out a home win over the Citizens on Saturday evening. The Blues will be looking to keep up their 100% home record in the league this season by taking down their main title rivals. A win for Mourinho’s men could all but sew up the title race on the weekend. Can City overcome some ailing form and keep the title race alive by reeling Chelsea in to two points?

Online betting site Betfair have great money back special insurance running for Chelsea v Man City betting. You get to pick your own refund trigger with them, and you can pick from the game ending 1-1, Chelsea winning both halves, a clean sheet for Man City, the Citizens to score three goals or Eden Hazard scoring the opening goal of the game. If your trigger is activated, you will get lost stakes on the correct score, anytime correct score, first goalscorer, last goalscorer or anytime goalscorer markets refunded as a free bet.

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tips

Will this end up being the title decider for the season? It is pretty easy to peg it as being so. A win for the Blues and most punters would think that it game over for the crown. Chelsea do go as favourites for the match win, and that is backed up in their current form over the Citizens as they have won four and lost only two of their last eight in the Premier League against the Citizens. Other strong indicator is that Chelsea have won all of their home matches so far in the top flight and there is more, much more. Chelsea have kept eight clean sheets in their last eleven Premier League matches.

At the Bridge they haven’t conceded in any of their last five league matches now. Oh, and there is the not so small matter of them having lost just one of their last 16 Premier League home fixtures against the Citizens. It all points to Chelsea delivering the goods and Mourinho himself is pretty bankable in situations like this. On the flip side of things for Chelsea, they could be without Diego Costa if he is found guilty of stomping on Liverpool’s Emre Can in their League Cup semi final clash on Tuesday night. There is that exhausting game as well, because Chelsea had to work hard over a long 120 minutes to move through to the final. Will that effect them on Saturday?

But all in all, their form at home in the league, especially at the back, just goes to show how much their defensie collapse against Bradford last weekend in the FA Cup was really a bolt out of the blue. The fact that they immediately turned round to shut out Liverpool in the week speaks volumes about their resolve. Jose Mourinho has faced Manuel Pellegrini eleven times before and has won seven and lost just two of those meetings. The ever dangerous Eden Hazard at 2/1 looks a good option in the anytime goalscorer market, especially if Costa picks up a three match ban (as he’s expected to).

Still, there are plenty of good form players to back for Chelsea besides Costa. Andre Schurrle has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Manchester City. Branislav Ivanovic has assisted a goal in each of his last three Premier League appearances and Oscar has netted three goals and laid on two more in his last three Premier League games. What could bolster the chances of the Blues avoiding defeat at least in this game, has been the slipping away of Manchester City’s form. The Citizens, after pulling level with Chelsea on points at one point, have seen their title challenge fall away with just a W1 D2 L1 record in their last four league outings.

How lacklustre City were in their 2-0 loss at home against Arsenal in their last league game, and how they were overhauled by a counter attacking Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last weekend, seems to have gotten Pellegrini worried about their form. Suddenly their midfield looks weak and cracks have been appearing at the back. They really lost Yaya Toure at the wrong time. Overall, City haven’t been convincing since the run of the year , but a glance at their away form (W7 D3 L1) and having won four and lost one of their last five, should mean that they won’t go down without a stern challenge. With the likes of Sergio Aguero prowling around, they will always have a chance.

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Odds

Chelsea even money, Draw 5/2, Man City 14/5

Chelsea v Manchester City Predictions

Three of the last four between these two at the Bridge have gone over 2.5 goals, so that is the way to go, even with Chelsea’s solid home defence. You generally look to Chelsea to pick up narrow wins in matches like this, but City should at least challenge with the likes of Aguero and having benefited from a rest in the week. They may not have the goods to win, so if you are leaning towards picking a winner, the Blues it probably should be.

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29th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Premier League Betting

With a break in the Premier League calendar because of FA Cup fixtures this weekend. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side might be top of the table by five points, but Pellegrini’s Manchester City are still not too far behind, even with recent slip ups. Both sides have experience in challenging for the title at the business end of the season, and it stands to be a really exciting title run in.

There are some important questions to ask going forward for your Premier League betting. Who is in better form, how difficult do upcoming fixtures look, and what opportunities can be found at online betting exchange WBX?

Current Standings & Form

Chelsea have been top of the table since word go. The Blues held a nine points advantage over City at one point, and it looked like they would run away with the title. Mourinho’s men were heavily odds on across the betting exchanges, and one bookmaker even paid out on Chelsea winning the league in November! Whilst their form stalled over the Christmas period with away defeats to Newcastle and Spurs bringing the teams level, they looked back to their best with an easy win away at Swansea last time out.

Mourinho’s men have been immense at home, with the side picking up maximum points at Stamford Bridge so far this season. It’s their away form that needs improving; of the 14 points they have dropped this season, every one of them has been away from home. When teams sit deep against this Chelsea side their lack of width is exposed and they struggle to break them down; this is surely something that Mourinho is working to overcome.

Manchester City strung together a run of seven consecutive wins, and that, coupled with Chelsea’s poor form saw them draw level at the top. However the home draw with Burnley when 2-0 up was inexcusable, and more recently points have been dropped both away at Everton and at home to Arsenal. Manchester City have been conceding too many goals against the lower teams, and were completely outplayed by Arsenal at home last weekend. They have bigger challenges to come, including a meeting with Chelsea soon.

Who Has The Better Squad?

Something that could be discussed for hours with your mates down the pub, and there is barely anything to choose between them. Chelsea drastically improved their frontline this season with the acquisition of Costa, Drogba and Remy. However Manchester City have one of the best strikers in the world at the moment with Aguero, and have improved their already impressive forward line with the acquisition of Wilfried Bony.

Looking at the back lines Chelsea’s picks itself and Mourinho rarely changes his starting eleven, whereas Manchester City have had a few more hiccups. Even with Chelsea conceding 5 against Spurs, they’ve still let in fewer goals than City have done this season. Vincent Kompany struggled on his return from injury against Arsenal, and Pellegrini will be concerned about the goals they are conceding.

If we look at midfield both teams are very strong. However Yaya Toure has missed 4 games this season and Manchester City have not won any of them, and with him now away at the Africa Cup of Nations, is City’s downward turn in form down to his departure? Chelsea fans will definitely be ruing Lampard’s move to City, especially as without Lampard’s goals City would currently have seven fewer points!

Upcoming Fixtures & Crucial Games

This is where it starts to get really interesting, and we can definitely start to find some betting picks for the betting exchange. It seems obvious to point out, but the game between both sides at Stamford Bridge on the 31st of January is absolutely massive. If Chelsea win they will go eight points clear. They have not dropped a point at home this season and also beat City in the corresponding fixture last year; expect this trend to continue. Manchester City is an option to consider for lay betting in this match.

Looking ahead, Manchester City definitely have the harder run in. They still have to play Chelsea, Stoke, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs away. Chelsea have already played all of these teams away from home, and currently sit five points ahead. Chelsea still visit Arsenal and West Ham away, but all of their other away games are against the bottom half of the table. If they can continue their amazing home form and win the away games they would expect to, they have a great chance of winning the league this season.

Currently you can back Chelsea on WBX for 1.24, and back Manchester City for 6.2. There is a real lack of value to be found with those odds on Chelsea, whereas the Manchester City odds seem very fair. The run in is still going to be a tight affair with more changes to come so a good position to take could be to back Manchester City, with a view to laying bets later on to lock in a profit.

Premier League Outright Winner Dark Horses

But what if an upset happens and both Chelsea and City slip? There are only really two other teams that have a chance of catching Chelsea or Manchester City, but it would still be a really big ask. Current odds in the Premier League outright winner market at WBX for Manchester United are 48.0 and the odds for Arsenal 50.0.

Manchester United should get one of the coveted top four spaces, but they just don’t have the consistency at the moment to match the top two. The loss at home to Southampton was a real setback for them after a good run of form, and a game that echoed the form of the David Moyes era eliminated the slim chances they had of making a late push.

Whilst their win away to Manchester City was impressive, Arsenal seem to be playing out another season that solidifies their top four status. Alexis Sanchez has been a great signing for them, but it doesn’t look like he can take them to the next level they need to make a bigger challenge for the title.

Premier League Winner Recommended Bets

As there are two front runners for the title, it’s quite hard to find much value at the top of the table. The recommended position at WBX would be Manchester City to win with a view to greening up when the odds change in your favour.


21st January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting


Two more Premier League matches to come on Sunday to get your betting teeth into. After another thrilling Saturday in the English top flight, the attention turns to West Ham v Hull followed by the massive clash at the Etihad between Man City v Arsenal. Should be a pretty interesting afternoon.

Both the Hammers and the Citizens are home bankers by the looks of the odds that online betting site Skybet are putting out, but there is no need to settle for the odds-on quotes for both West Ham and Man City to win their home matches, not with Sky Bet’s enhanced odds double to light things up.

The Hammers are quoted at 8/11 to beat the Tigers, and they look a strong bet. West Ham have have won five and lost just one of the last eight league meetings with Hull City, have won their last five home matches against the Tigers and have lost just one of their last nine matches played at Upton Park this season. No reason to desert them in favour of the out-of-form Hull.

Manchester City are 4/5 to beat the Gunners, and what more incentive will Manuel Pellegrini’s men need than having seen Chelsea deliver one of the best performances of the season on Saturday, with Mourinho’s men cruising to a 5-0 away win at Swansea. City have to muster up a response and take the game to the Gunners. A repeat of the six goal haul that they took against Arsene Wenger’s men in last season’s corresponding fixture would go down well.

If West Ham and Man City both win their Sunday fixtures, then by backing the Sky Bet price boost, you can be paid out at an enhanced odds value of 3/1

18th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The Citizens and the Gunners have already faced off twice this season. There was the 3-0 victory for Arsenal in the Community Shield and a 2-2 draw between them at the Emirates back in mid September. More goals are predicted to be flying in when they meet again on Sunday at the Etihad.

City have conceded at least one goal in each of their last three home games in all competitions, and Arsenal’s defence has been far from watertight. So with the expected goal scoring duel to ensure between Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, there will probably be another high scoring affair to come between these two.

The last seven league meetings between the pair in the north west have produced 28 goals in total, an average of four per game, and if there is another goal fest on Sunday, then new customers registering an account with online bookmaker Coral this weekend will be filling their boots with free bets.

With Coral’s new customer welcome bonus this weekend, which has to be registered for through this special link only, for every goal scored in Man City v Arsenal betting, you will receive a free 310 bet on your new Coral account.

So register with Coral through this link, and place a £5 minimum wager on the outright market for Man City v Arsenal betting. Then sit back and wait for the gaols to fly in, because each one will see a free £10 bet hit your account.

Just think, if the average of four goals per game continues, that is a hefty £40 worth of free bets hitting your new Coral account! Any free bets picked up in the match, will be credited to new customer account within two hours of full time and in order to qualify, you must go through the Coral offer link above.


17th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The Red Devils will be keen to bounce back from their unexpected slip up at home against Southampton. That defeat ended a twelve match unbeaten streak in the top flight for Louis van Gaal’s men, and despite having some wobbles on the road this season, having taken just the two victories away from Old Trafford, United are heavy 8/13 favourites at Sportingbet to topple QPR.

Rangers do have some decent home from going, but they haven’t beaten Manchester United at the last sixteen attempts in all competitions, and the Red Devils have Wayne Rooney who has scored in three of his four Premier League starts against QPR and assisted two more goals on top of that.

United are also unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions against Rangers at Loftus Road (W6 D3), so naturally they are being heavily backed. QPR’s defence has let them down badly and losing back to back matches against Sheffield United (FA Cup) and fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley, then QPR may have a hard time keeping the United power attack off the scoresheet.

New customers registering an account with online betting site Sportingbet can get enhanced odds of 5/1 on United to win. How? By registering an account with them through this unique link.

Just open your new Sportingbet account and place your first bet on the account (at least £10) on Manchester United to take the win at Loftus Road. If they do win, then you will be paid out at the regular odds on the site, and then the additional winnings will come back to you as a free bet!

If you don’t fancy backing United, then the same Sportingbet enhanced odds deal applies to either Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea for your first bet on a new account (check the listings). The maximum bonus payout is £50.

16th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Paddy Power

It is a monster month of promotions at online betting site Paddy Power with their #PPJUICYJANUARY offerings going on. With another big weekend of Premier League betting, once again the highly popular bookie has rolled out a massive promotion for new customers to take advantage of.

The big match of the weekend in the English top flight? No question it is the clash of Man City v Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday. The last seven fixtures between them in the north west have seen 28 goals scored at an average of four per game, and with City surprisingly giving up goals lately on home turf, and Arsenal rocky road games, then the goals are expected to be flying around again.

New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power through our special link here, can take enhanced odds of either 5/1 on Man City to win, or 6/1 on Arsenal to win or draw. Just to put the weight of price boost into context, the Citizens are running as 4/5 in the regular match outright, while an Arsenal – Draw Double chance is only even money.

So which way will you swing in this fantastic Man City v Arsenal enhanced odds offer at Paddy Power?

The offer does apply to new customers only who register and place the first up to a maximum of £10 on Man City to beat Arsenal OR  Arsenal to win or draw in the fixture on Sunday 18th January, at the normal price on site. If your selection wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site and will have the extra amount, bringing the bet up to the cumulative payout, credited in free bets added to your account within 48 hours.

What if your selection in this enhanced odds offer doesn’t win? Well if that unfortunate event happens, the online betting site Paddy Power will refund your lost stake (up to £10) within 48 hours as a free bet! Any bets after 4 PM on Sunday 18th  January do not qualify.

16th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Paddy Power

Is there another goal-fest on the cards in Sunday’s Premier League Manchester City v Arsenal betting? The last seven meetings between the clubs at the Etihad have produced a massive return of 28 goals, an average of four per game. With both sides conceding goals at the moment, there could be plenty more of that goal action to come.

Manchester City have a potent strike force, but once which has largely been missing in action lately, with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero having been sidelined for quite a while. But they are getting close to making full returns, but it takes time of course to get match sharp again after so much time on the treatment table.

But one man in goal scoring form is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who can literally do no wrong this season, his first in England. Impressively Sanchez has been involved in more goals (19 – 12 goals and seven assists) than any other player in the Premier League this season.

He has rattled off three in his last two games and has definitely been the star of Arsenal’s season. As they continue to celebrate #PPJUICYJANUARY in which they are promoting and pushing a whole host of special offers through enhanced odds and money back specials, online bookmaker Paddy Power are focusing on Sanchez for Sunday’s clash.

If Alexis Sanchez scores at anytime in the game (and he did score in the 2-2 draw between the clubs at the Emirates earlier in the season), then online betting site Paddy Power will refund lost stakes on the correct score, first goalscorer, last goalscorer and scorecast markets. The maximum free bet refund in the offer is £100!

15th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v Arsenal Betting Preview

The Premier League’s highlight match of the weekend comes from the Etihad on Sunday, with both looking for a big three points. Arsenal need points in the scrap for just a top four finish, while City will be looking to bank on home form to keep up pressure on Chelsea in the title race. This is a fixture which has produced a lot of goals lately, so stick in there with live in-play betting for another potential goafest between them.

This match is being shown live on TV (Sky Sports) and therefore it falls under online bookmaker Betfred’s 1-1 refund offer. Have a correct score wager on any live tv match and if the game ends 1-1, then the bookie will refund your lost stake for you. New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Betfred can place a £10 bet and receive a £30 free bet back!

Manchester City v Arsenal Betting Tips

Goals should be on the cards if history doesn’t lie to us. There have been a whopping 28 goals in total in the last seven Premier League meetings between the two at the Etihad. That’s an average of four goals per game, so over 2.5 goals is up at 4/7, while over 3.5 is trading at 11/8 with online bookmaker Betfred. Speaking of goals, Arsenal are the only side to have managed to score three at the Etihad since Manuel Pellegrini began his tenure at Man City, but that was in Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat there last term, so it didn’t do them any good. With them having conceded eight goals in their last four away games, those kind of figures will probably contribute to their downfall.

Arsenal are a bit of a nightmare for punters on the road. The potential is there to have won far more games, but they have been massively inconsistent in putting up a W4 D3 L3 record on their travels. They have put up W2 D2 L1 in their last five, going down 2-0 at Southampton in their most recent away fixture in the top flight. That makes them hard to back away from the Emirates, even with the immense Alexis Sanchez, who has been involved in more goals (19 – 12 goals and seven assists) than any other player in the Premier League this season. Sanchez is 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market with Betfred.

Arsenal will also be facing a wounded beast, as City were frustrated in a draw away at Everton in their last match. But their home form is brilliant and that is where the money should go towards this weekend. City have put up a strong W7 D2 L1 record there, and have gone unbeaten in their last eight with wins in six of them. A bigger-picture look at City’s overall home form under Manuel Pellegrini produces impressive stats of 25 wins from 29 Premier League games since he took over at the Etihad Stadium (W25 D2 L2). They are also unbeaten in their last three against the Gunners.

It is going to be tough for a solid away team to grab a win there, and that is what Arsenal aren’t. City are unbeaten in their last twelve Premier League matches as they have firmly gotten themselves in the title picture (W9 D3 L0) and there are still further positives to come as they get closer and closer to having their front line back to full strength with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko close. There have been a couple of wobbles at the back lately, with City having conceded two goals in each of their last two Premier League home games. That should add to the likelihood of another goal fest happening between these two at the Etihad.

Manchester City v Arsenal Betting Odds

Man City 4/5, Draw 11/4, Arsenal 7/2

Manchester City v Arsenal Predictions

Arsenal have taken just one point from three games against the current top three in the league so far this season. Again not good enough when it matters most, and with their inconsistent form away from the Emirates, punters will see them as too big of a risk. Shoot for City to win in an entertaining, high scoring game.

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15th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting


There is a big enhanced odds price boost available at Skybet, thanks to their flagship promotional offer. Every week for Premier League action, the betting site produces a new enhanced odds treble for punters to lap up and try and take advantage of. The enhanced odds specials are available for both new and existing customers.

Sky Bet are offering enhanced odds of 5/1 from 7/2 on Chelsea, Man City and West Brom to all win their respective matches this weekend.

All three are respective favourites to win their fixtures on the weekend, with Chelsea being the shortest priced of them all at a quote of 1/5 with Skybet, as Jose Mourinho’s men will be out for revenge over Newcastle, one of just two sides to beat the Blues this season. With Chelsea’s perfect home record this season in the English top flight and lean defence at the Bridge, punters aren’t really expecting a repeat of their loss at St James Park, as the Blues are being backed heavily.

Manchester City will be enjoying the timing of their trip to Goodison Park to face and out of form Everton. The Toffees are slumping on a four match losing streak in the top filthyrx, and are unlikely to find too much solace in having to go up against Manchester City, who are bombing along in terrific form at the moment, even with a depleted front line.

So what about the Baggies? They are the dodgy variable adding the value to the Skybet enhanced odds. With poor form at home, they are still managing to go as 21/20 favourites against Hull, because the Tigers have failed to score in eight of their last twelve league matches. You would imagine that even West Brom can find a way to beat that.

10th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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