The two Premier League title favourites do battle at the Etihad on Monday night as Chelsea try and find a way of derailing the unstoppable Man City goal machine. Easyodds.com editor Simon Hopper has previewed the game and thinks we can profit from going against the grain in the goal department…
Simon’s Recommended Tip:
Both Teams To Score? NO @ 13/10 – BET NOW
Of any side going to the Etihad this season, Chelsea have the best chance of keeping the score down.
The Blues have the joint-best away defence in the Premier League (just 11 shipped in 11 games) while they’ve kept clean sheets in their last three on the road, including a 0-0 draw at Arsenal. When you also consider their tactics in the 0-0 draw at Man United earlier in the season, combined with the Jose Mourinho mind games of putting the pressure on Man City, and you know exactly what the Portuguese will set his side out to do - contain. Having all of their first choice defence available will help with that.
City added to their incredible goal tally with a monster 5-1 rout at Tottenham in midweek but they don’t always hammer every visiting side in Manchester. Remember that Crystal Palace only lost 1-0 and Hull were unlucky to go down 2-0 – both of whom played reactionary football – so if Chelsea do the same thing with better players then there must be a chance of them at least restricting the home side. Sergio Aguero could also be out with a hamstring injury.
The hysteria surrounding Man City’s attack makes a low goals total seem very appealing. Under 2.5 goals is interesting at a general 11/10 but I prefer both teams not to score at a best price 13/10 – it covers either side winning to nil plus a 0-0 draw, which can’t be ruled out when Chelsea play away at a big club.
Man City go into the weekend as the clear Premier League favourites at a best price 8/11 after a superb midweek – they thrashed Tottenham 5-1 and saw both Arsenal and Chelsea drop points. It’s hard to see past Manuel Pellegrini’s side regaining the title at the moment. The Blues’ 0-0 home draw with West Ham derailed a five match winning run in the Premier League – they’re now the 10/3 2nd favourites in the winner betting.
Head to heads:
Man City have won their last four consecutive home Premier League games against Chelsea – the last Blues win came in 2008, when Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka were on target in a 3-1 win. Bet Now on the full-time result.
Edin Dzeko is staking a claim for a regular first team spot with seven goals in his last six games. Bet Now on the anytime scorer market.
Chelsea have only been behind at half-time in two of their 11 away Premier League games this season. Bet Now on the half-time double chance market.