Kick-off: 1630, 24/02/2019
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City are expected to retain the EFL Cup when facing Chelsea in Sunday’s final, with the Citizens trying to lift this trophy for the fourth time in six years.
Pep Guardiola’s side brushed aside Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s decider and thrashed the Blues 6-0 in the Premier League earlier this month.
Another clinical display looks on the cards and 8/5 for the favourites to win to nil is our opening Chelsea vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea tried to go toe-to-toe with City in a high-tempo clash at Etihad Stadium, but paid the price for pressing too much as they were left badly exposed at the back.
Maurizio Sarri was already under pressure following a 4-0 drubbing by Bournemouth and a comprehensive 2-0 loss at Arsenal during January.
Monday night’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge only fuelled speculation that the Italian’s time in London could be cut short.
Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League win over Malmo boosted morale, though, and Cesar Azpilicueta is eager to give the Chelsea supporters something more to cheer about.
The defender told Chelsea TV: “We know that a trophy is everything, to bring the fans back to Wembley with the spirit to get the cup.
“Hopefully, we can give a bit of happiness to them, to enjoy a bit of joy.”
Sarri is expected to adopt a more cautious approach to this clash and that should at least ensure there is no repeat of the recent mauling in Manchester.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Man City odds, that makes 13/10 for the holders to win and under 3.5 goals in the game a solid option.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City secured a 4-1 FA Cup triumph at Newport last weekend and survived a scare when prevailing 3-2 at Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday as they continue to compete on four fronts.
Having edged ahead of Liverpool in the title race betting, Guardiola will secretly be eyeing a historic quadruple this term.
This trophy would be lowest on the Spaniard’s list of priorities, but his hunger for silverware is insatiable and he made it clear he is taking the competition extremely seriously.
Guardiola said: “I know it’s a competition, with all respect, that when you win and you are in the final you are so happy – but when you’re out, you’re not sad.
“But once we are there, we take every game seriously. We are in the final and we are, of course, going to try to win it.
“We have already won one title this season, the Community Shield, and I think we have shown that every game is important.”
The Citizens beat the Blues 2-0 at this venue in that pre-season clash and 7/1 for a repeat of that result completes our Chelsea vs Man City betting tips.
CHELSEA 3-0 Malmo – Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi
Schalke 2-3 MAN CITY – Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling
Head-to-head: Man City 6-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Man City, Chelsea 0-2 Man City, Man City 1-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-1 Man City
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