Chelsea vs Man City betting preview
Rafa Benitez will be looking to start off his career in style as his newly acquired Chelsea side take on the league leaders Man City on Sunday. A win for Man City will ensure they stay top of the Premier League, whilst Chelsea could narrow the gap between them to just a point with victory. Both teams came away from midweek Champions League matches disappointed as Chelsea’s hopes of qualification to the knockout stages were dented with a heavy loss to Juventus and City were knocked out by a 1-1 draw at home to Real Madrid. Choose a free bet for this match
Chelsea’s Recent Results:
Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
Wet Brom 2-1 Chelsea (Hazard)
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Terry)
Chelsea 3-2 Shakhtar Donetsk (Torres, Oscar, Moses)
Having sacked Roberto Di Matteo following the 3-0 loss to Juventus this week Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich will be hoping Benitez can start with a win this weekend. However, he faces a tough task with Chelsea failing to win in the Premier League in over a month, their last win coming against Tottenham in October.
Chelsea’s problems have come at the back where they have leaked goals left, right and centre over the last two months. In their last 9 games, cup and league, they have conceded 23 goals, including three goals or more in three games. John Terry misses Sunday’s game with injury, whilst Frank Lampard is doubtful.
Torres is expected to start with rumours that Benitez was primarily brought in to get the best out of the Spanish striker having played under him at Liverpool. You can get Torres to score first at 15/2 with Stan James, whilst scoring twice is best priced with Blue Square at 14/1.
Manchester City’s Recent Results:
Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid (Aguero (pen))
Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa (Silva, Aguero (x2), Tevez (x2))
Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham (Aguero, Dzeko)
Manchester City 2-2 Ajax (Y.Toure, Aguero)
Despite their disappointing performance in the Champions League, they moved up to the top of the Premier League table with a 5-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend and will hope to secure the top spot for a second weekend running. They are yet to lose in the league this season but away from home they have drawn three times, winning two.
Sergio Aguero has been in stunning form for City of late, scoring 5 goals in his last 4 games. However, it has been Edin Dzeko who has grabbed the headlines in the Premier League this season, coming on to score the winner on several occasions. Dzeko to score last against Chelsea is 15/2 with Bet Victor.
The last time these two met, Man City came out on top to win the Community Shield 3-2. Last season the two sides won a game apiece at 2-1, both games going to the home side. For a 2-1 home win on Sunday you can get odds of 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
Man City have saved their best for the second half in recent games, scoring 9 of their last 11 goals in the second half. William Hill have Man City at 5/1 to score two goals in the second half and have them to score three or more at 16/1.
With such importance lying on this game it would be no surprise to see tackles fly, so expect cards. At Bet365 you can get over 4.5 cards at 21/20 whilst William Hill have a red card to be shown during the game at 7/2.
Although Manchester City are the in-form side, you’d have to expect Chelsea to bring their A-game under new manager Rafa Benitez. There could be plenty of goals but a draw priced at 5/2 with Tote Sport is a good bet.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Man City – Best priced 14/1 with Stan James.
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Article by Jack Teague
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