Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, February 10, 2019


City of Manchester Stadium

Punter's Pick

With City playing at home and likely to dominate possession, Bet365 are offering a generous evens (1/1) on over 11 corners. With the return of winger Sterling and potentially Sane starting, this could be a good market to get in to early. Under 3.5 goals at 8/15 may also be a good bet, especially from the start with a view to cashing out once the game has settled down.

The big showdown of the weekend features champions Man City taking on fellow top four giants Chelsea. These two are due to meet in the final of the Carabao Cup and a victory here for either side could be a huge psychological advantage leading in to that game.

Man City will be out for revenge having lost to Chelsea earlier in the season. That broke City’s unbeaten run in the league despite City dominating the game for large periods of time. However a goal from N’Golo Kante on the stroke of half time and a towering header from David Luiz inflicted Guardiola’s first defeat of the season.

City have been in impressive form, winning 10 out of their last 11 games in all competitions. A slip against Newcastle despite going a goal up has been their only blemish in recent times. But Guardiola has managed to galvanise his men to go again and they have put together back to back wins since their loss, beating Arsenal at home and winning at Everton in midweek. This helped them to regain top spot in the league and heap the pressure on rivals Liverpool going in to the weekend. This game marks the first of three important games in three competitions for Guardiola as he looks to keep City’s hopes alive for a first ever quadruple.

Chelsea will also look to maintain their quest for silverware as well as juggle their top four ambitions with the impending final of the Carabao Cup next week and an FA Cup tie against a rampant Manchester United. But this game is equally as important for the club, as Manchester United’s recent form has brought them back into the reckoning of a Champions League place and they now sit just two points behind the Blues.

Manager Sarri certainly has had his ups and downs, with public criticism of his players leading to many questioning whether he will make it to the end of the season. But the fact that they are in the latter stages of two cup competitions and in the top four places means they have plenty to play for. After a disastrous showing at Bournemouth where they were thumped 4-0, Sarri’s men produced an emphatic display against Huddersfield, beating them 5-0. Gonzalo Higuain’s loan move could well be the catalyst for the remainder of the season as his assuredness in front of goal and Eden Hazard being deployed back in to his favoured position yielded two goals apiece for both and an improved display.

In team news, Manchester City will likely recall Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling who were both left out of the starting lineup against Everton. Long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy remains sidelined as does injury-prone skipper Vincent Kompany. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also remains out.

Chelsea are monitoring teen sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi as he has gone down with a fever, as well as veteran defender Gary Cahill who has had back complaints.

Despite both teams being known as having great attacking talent, these games have typically seen three goals or less. The defensive capabilities of both and a desire not to be too open has lead to many tight games. With so much on the line and the margins for error low, this could follow a similar pattern.

Chelsea will feel that they have the blueprint to beat City having secured that 2-0 victory earlier in the season. However City won both games last season with a 1-0 scoreline, with Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne scoring in the respective games.

Punter's Pick

With City playing at home and likely to dominate possession, Bet365 are offering a generous evens (1/1) on over 11 corners. With the return of winger Sterling and potentially Sane starting, this could be a good market to get in to early. Under 3.5 goals at 8/15 may also be a good bet, especially from the start with a view to cashing out once the game has settled down.

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