Chelsea v Manchester City Tips and Betting Offers, Premier League, Wednesday 5th April 2017
Can Chelsea bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday? Next up for the league leaders is a clash with Manchester City at home, which could be make or break for them in the title race. While City are too far off the pace to challenge, Spurs could move within four points here if the Blues slip up to another defeat. Ahead of this crucial game, check out our betting tips and match preview.
Chelsea come in to this game as 11/8 favourites for the points with Betfair, despite their loss at the weekend. Meanwhile, Manchester City are 11/5 with Bet365 to take an away win, with the draw priced at 12/5 with SkyBet. That makes this game seem pretty tight, but are the visitors worthy of their price, or is that just a reaction to the Blues’ result at the weekend?
While Pep Guardiola was brought in to oversee a big project at City, he was also seen as the man to get the most out of their squad right now. His record at the biggest clubs in Europe speaks for itself, but could the lack of multiple title challengers in Spain and Germany be causing him problems here? The City boss has struggled to record results over the teams around them, which has left them sweating over a place in the Champions League.
City have played 10 matches against the top seven sides this term, winning two. The Citizens have won one of their last nine against teams who are pushing for Europe, failing to win any of their last four away. That’s got to worry them ahead of this clash with Chelsea.
It was a win at Manchester City which blew away claims that Antonio Conte struggles in big matches. His side won 3-1 at the Etihad, and they’re expected to win again, given City’s struggles against the sides around them. The hosts have won 86% of their matches at Stamford Bridge in the league, scoring 2.64 goals per outing. That form should be enough to beat a City side who aren’t built for these big games.
City’s defensive problems have been well documented, and they conceded another two goals at Arsenal at the weekend. We can see them slipping up at the back once more, especially with Chelsea desperate to bounce back from their defeat. We’re backing over 1.5 goals for the hosts, which is priced at 21/10 with BetVictor. We’re also backing a home win, which seems like great value at 11/8 with Betfair. With the Blues leading the way and the scoring charts, they should record a comfortable victory over this shaky City team.