Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Preview – Premier League 3rd December
A monster of a title clash. What bearing will this have on the outcome of the title race this season? Chelsea have put together a stunning run of seven wins on the bounce and they proved themselves against Tottenham last weekend. Will they be able to bag three points and open up a four point lead over the Citizens in the title race? Chelsea Have failed to win any of their last three games at the Etihad against the Citizens though and probably wouldn’t be overly unhappy with a point in this one. The pressure really is on the home side to come out and perform in this one? Can Guardiola’s men stand up to the job against the increasingly strong London outfit? It should be a belter.
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Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Tips
What a cracker of a set up we have for Saturday lunchtime. Manchester City have claimed a victory in each of their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and another one for them would send them two points clear of the Blues. But the Citizens haven’t won three successive league games against Chelsea since the 2010/11 season. Manchester City have put out some frustrating home form in the league lately with three draws on the bounce there. They have managed to remain unbeaten on home soil across the season, but their three successive 1-1 draws against Everton, Southampton and Middlesbrough has cast some concerns about their ability to kill off games. They have only scraped by Burnley and Crystal Palace in their last two games in the league as well, remaining unbeaten in their last six home and away. The big concern for them really is at the back where they have one clean sheet in their last eight and have just two in their last 13 at home in the top flight. Both teams to score in this one at Paddy Power is running at price of 4/6.
Sergio Aguero has himself some good scoring form against Chelsea and he rattled off a hat trick in their last league meeting, which was at Stamford Bridge last season. That’s four in his last two Premier League games against Chelsea now. Aguero is 5/6 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for this match up and he has ten league goals already this season. Manchester City have struck a goal in each of their six home fixture this season in the league, averaging two goals per game exactly. However, three of the last four between Man City and Chelsea at the Etihad have gone under the 2.5 goal line and going with that trend of under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power for this meeting will return a price of 43/40. Man City did win both league meetings 3-0 last season, but it’s hard to see them returning that kind of win given the form that Chelsea are in. So Manchester City have taken just one clean sheet this season and are vulnerable back there. A certain degree of caution is going to have to be shown.
Chelsea are a team in top form at the moment, having won their last seven Premier League games in a row. They have an opportunity to defend top spot as well in the league on Saturday so will be geared up for this one. They came through a tough test last weekend at home against Spurs, fighting back from a goal down in that one to land a victory and keep their winning streak going. Chelsea have only managed to get their hands on two points from their last four league games against City and are currently on their longest winless streak against them in the Premier League. But then again, Chelsea have won 11 games at Man City in the Premier League, which is more away wins than they have managed at any other club in the competition. Can Chelsea make it eight wins in a row in their current elague form? They landed a record nine in a row back in the 2006/07 so are getting close to that.
Diego Costa has been inspired under Antonio Conte this season, netting ten league goals. He is averaging a goal every 134 minutes now in his Chelsea career and he has only failed to either score or assist in two of his 13 Premier league appearances this season. There is a price of 7/5 with Paddy Power on Diego Costa to score and that will have appeal because of his scoring form. Eden Hazard, who has nailed seven league goals this season is a 12/5 shot to score in the game. Whereas City have been leaking goals, Chelsea have been pretty watertight lately with just one goal conceded in their last seven league games. That an immense defensive return and they have named an unchanged starting eleven for six games in a row. That kind of consistency will go a long way. Chelsea have posted a W4 D1 L1 on the road this season, winning their last three on the bounce without conceding.
Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Odds
Man City 11/10, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 23/10
Manchester City v Chelsea Predictions
You know that Chelsea’s winning streak is going to have to come to an end at some point and this is a tough game for them of course. Manchester City have shown some vulnerabilities at home and against opponents who are prepared to put in a lot of leg work against them, they have shown some signs of cracking at the back. Chelsea can do just that, but the Blues will be more than happy with a point in this one and that’s where to look. A 1-1 draw in the correct score market has some appeal.