Man City vs Chelsea: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
The Saturday lunchtime (kick-off 12:30pm) game is an important one at the top of the Premier League table as Man City host Chelsea. Can the league leaders extend the gap at the top or can the second placed side close the gap?
Man City vs Chelsea: Betting Offer
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Man City made it 12 successive domestic victories last weekend as they eased past Swindon 4-1 in the FA Cup third round. A run of 11 straight wins in the Premier League means they have extended their gap to Chelsea to ten points and 11 to Liverpool although the Merseysiders have a game in hand. The last six matches in all competitions have produced a remarkable 29 goals with Pep and his team netting 24 of those.
At the Etihad, City have won seven straight in all competitions and lost just four times in the last year with one of those defeats coming from Chelsea. Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling both have three goals from their last three starts in front of their own fans. They have been ahead at half-time and again at full-time in four of their last five here.
Chelsea booked their place in the League Cup final on Wednesday night beating Tottenham 1-0 making it four successive victories in cup competitions. The problem is that they have been dropping league points winning just one of their last five although they have lost just one of their last six. Defence has become something of a concern having kept just one clean sheet in their last nine.
On the road, the Blues have won just one of their last three but prior to that won five straight and picked up a point at Anfield. Five of their last six on their travels have gone over 2.5 goals. Mason Mount also enjoys playing away from Stamford Bridge with two in his last four away matches.
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Man City vs Chelsea Match Stats
The home side are flying at the moment and have bagged a league high 53 goals in the Premier League. 27 of these have come in the opening 45 minutes and the last two Man City home league matches have seen seven goals before the break. Chelsea have shipped ten times in their last seven and are not the same defensive force without Ben Chilwell at left-back so back the hosts to score in both halves.
Joao Cancelo is a left-back in name only and his average position on heat maps shows how advanced he is allowed to play. He is averaging 2.2 shots per game this season and as such looks value in the shots on target market. The Skybet market has over 1+ shot on target and 5/4 and that looks worth siding with.
25 September 2021- Chelsea 0-1 Man City-Premier League
29 May 2021 – Man City 0-1 Chelsea- UEFA Champions League
8 May 2021- Man City 1-2 Chelsea- Premier League
17 April 2021- Chelsea 1-0 Man City- Premier League
3 January 2021- Chelsea 1-3 Man City- Premier League
The reverse fixture came on 25th September and it was the Manchester outfit who came out on top that day winning 1-0 thanks to a Gabriel Jesus goal. It brought to an end a run of three straight defeats to Chelsea for Pep and his side including that loss in the Champions League final. If selected Hakim Ziyech could be a player to watch as he has two goals from the last four head-to-head clashes.