Free tips Premier League Tips: Man.City v Chelsea (12.30pm, Sat)
Chelsea’s title charge could suffer setback at Manchester City
Man.City v Chelsea Prediction:
Manchester City to win @ 23/20 (2.15) with Boylesports
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The Premier League weekend gets off to a cracking start with the two current title favourites going head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium. Although Manchester City go into the game currently third in the table, they only trail table-topping Chelsea by a single point.
Both teams have been in pretty decent form all season, bar a brief dip each. City embarked on a six-match winless run in all competitions that basically encompassed the vast bulk of October, while Chelsea’s poor run was a few weeks earlier, during which they were unable to secure a win in four matches (other than an extra-time EFL Cup win over a Leicester City team that were a man down).
That barren Chelsea run ended with a 3-0 loss at Arsenal, since when Antonio Conte switched to a three-man defence and the team’s fortunes took an immediate change for the better, resulting in a seven-game winning run in the Premier League during which they’ve conceded just one goal.
Chelsea came through a stern test in beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last weekend, but this is their toughest task yet, with the Citizens likely to provide a thorough examination of the Londoners new defensive resolve.
When these teams met last season, all three games resulted in clear-cut victories, with City winning both Premier League matches 3-0 and Chelsea prevailing 5-1 in the FA Cup 5th round against a much weakened City team. It’s difficult to believe that this game will be quite so one-sided for either team.
Both teams will be missing injured defenders who were once considered key, but neither Vincent Kompany nor John Terry are even guaranteed starting berths these days anyway.
Although both teams have registered equal numbers of shots on target this season (78), City just look to have more options going forward in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, raheem Sterling, David Silva, Nolito, Yaya Toure and Kelechi Iheanacho and that extra quality, coupled with home advantage, could just be the difference here.
It’s not often you get City at odds-against at home in the Premier League and they could be worth backing here.