Man City vs Chelsea Premier League Predictions

Premier League Man City vs Chelsea
Man City vs Chelsea Premier League

The match is over.
Score: 6-0.

The Premier League title battle between Manchester City and Liverpool takes in another stage as the champions go to Chelsea.

Predictions

It’s going to be nip-and-tuck between City and Liverpool for the duration of the season – it certainly seems unlikely that either team will wrap up the title with weeks to spare. But if Liverpool think they can rely on teams such as Chelsea to trip up their rivals, they might be mistaken.

Indeed, few teams have the inconsistency of Maurizio Sarri’s Blues. Only a few days passed between Chelsea losing 4-0 at Bournemouth and beating Huddersfield 5-0 and, even taking into account the difference in quality between the Cherries and the Terriers, they’re two hard-to-fathom results that have confounded sports betting sites.

Gonzalo Higuain made a scoring start to life in London after his loan from Milan and he will be eager to capitalise on any defensive errors, but his real worth is perhaps in allowing Eden Hazard to play in his most dangerous position – on the left, cutting inside. City tend to go with four attacking midfielders, so Hazard will aim to find space between the midfield and the City defence.

But where Sarri is limited to hoping Hazard can work his magic, Pep Guardiola is spoiled for choice. If it’s not David Silva then Bernardo Silva will step up – or if Leroy Sane doesn’t deliver, Raheem Sterling will. And with Sergio Aguero on hand to convert, Chelsea’s defence is in for a torrid time.

After all, Bournemouth’s movement and incisive passing proved Chelsea’s undoing at the Vitality Stadium at the end of January, and movement and incisive passing are at the very heart of City’s game-plan. N’Golo Kante will need to be at his best to cover the gaps that arise in the Chelsea midfield, but it might prove too much even for the World Cup winner.

Make no mistake, this is a heavyweight clash that will play a part in the destination of the Premier League title, but City look too strong, and Chelsea won’t frustrate City like teams lower down the league might attempt to. City to win, 3-0.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

City have scored 27 goals in their last five home games, which works out at more than five per game. The average is skewed by hammering Rotherham 7-0 and Burton Albion 9-0 but even so, the last time a City home game had fewer than 2.5 goals was when they beat Fulham 2-0 in early November. It’s Evens at 10Bet that City win with over 2.5 goals in the game.

Aguero has been in lethal form in recent weeks, including claiming a hat-trick in City’s last home game against Arsenal, with his three goals all tap-ins at the end of team moves. He’ll be the man on the end of the build-up again. 888Sport have the Argentine 13/4 to score first.

Statistics

Head to Head

City and Chelsea have been quite even in recent fixtures – Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, but City won both meetings last season. Overall, City have 50 wins to Chelsea’s 58, and the teams will meet again in late February in the EFL Cup final.

Stats

  • There hasn’t been a draw between City and Chelsea in four years, when the game at Stamford Bridge in January 2015 ended 1-1, Loic Remy and David Silva scoring.
  • Between them City and Chelsea have won six of the last 10 Premier League titles – City in 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2017-18 and Chelsea in 2009-10, 2014-15 and 2016-17.
  • Chelsea players Hazard and Jorginho lead the Premier League in assists and passes but Sane, Sterling and Aguero also rank in the top 10 for the former and Aymeric Laporte, and Fernandinho are challenging in the latter category.
  • Only Liverpool have had fewer yellow cards in the Premier League this season than Chelsea – 21 to 31.

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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