Manchester City may have only contested four Premier League games so far, but they find themselves verging on must-win territory ahead of table-topping Chelsea’s visit to the Etihad.
Should the Blues maintain their perfect start to the season and claim the laurels, as they did in this fixture last season, they’ll hold an eight-point lead over the reigning champions and will sit five clear at the summit.
The bwin.com odds gurus reckon home advantage should ensure the Citizens prevail, however, with their 6/4 the shortest of the match-betting offerings in the wake of the visitors’ 19/10 and the 12/5 about the draw.
For a side that won all but two on their own patch last season, any odds-against price about them obtaining maximum points at home would be lapped up in earnest, but Chelsea didn’t lose a single league game against a top-four bedfellow last time around so that adds an element of confusion into the mix.
So if the decision of where to invest your hard-earned is proving difficult, we’ve sounded out three alternative options based around the two teams’ recent results.
Over 3.5 goals @ 7/4
Despite the attacking riches on show in these inter-fat cat affairs, their meetings so often tend to be starved of net-rustling action.
The trail Chelsea have been blazing in the early exchanges begs to differ though, with their four league matches yielding 21 goals thus far.
Three of these would’ve rewarded those who backed overs in relation to this goal line, while the very same punters would’ve also have been celebrating at the end of half of City’s four outings.
More goals to be scored in the second half @ evens
It’s a bet that, incidentally, would’ve copped in seven of the past 11 tussles between these billionaire boys’ clubs in which goals were registered and, judging from the goings on in the fledgling stages of the campaign, it looks likely to come in again.
The second 45 has seen more strikes registered in three of the four league games each has contested this term.
Either team to win by a two-goal margin @ 3/1
Chelsea’s 6-3 slaying of Everton was their only domestic outing this season in which they haven’t won by the Jose Mourinho two-goal hallmark.
City’s first two league games this term also satisfied the criteria for a winning bet here, while the last meeting between the two – in the fourth round of last season’s FA Cup – was also settled by the margin in question.