Manchester City and Chelsea sit first and second in bwin’s Premier League outright betting so their upcoming Stamford Bridge mash-up could be a potential blockbuster.
The Blues are 27/20 to draw first blood in this potential championship tussle, while it’s 23/10 that honours are even and 19/10 that the visitors get back on the bus with three-point grins.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have hushed guttersnipes who talked of their travel sickness with consecutive away wins but there’s still good reason to back them to lose having taken the lead in the run of play market at 25/4.
The Citizens have already been beaten twice having held winning positions in 2013/14.
In letting slip advantages at Cardiff and Aston Villa to disastrous effect City have given up more potential points than any of their top-flight contemporaries bar lowly Crystal Palace this term.
Considering that’s the same amount of defeats they snatched from the jaws of victory during the entire 2012/13 campaign it could be seen as an indication of the pitfalls of a less cautious tactical approach in the post-Roberto Mancini era.
Chelsea fought back from behind to win five times in the Premier League last term.
The Blues have already trotted out their phoenix from the flames act once this term too, smashing four past Cardiff after Jordan Mutch had the audacity to put the Welsh side into the lead at Stamford Bridge.
West London’s finest also completed a recovery mission win at the Bridge over their next opponents’ in City’s 2011/12 title-winning season, with Raul Meireles cancelling out a Mario Ballotelli opener before a Frank Lampard penalty harvested all three points.
City have scored first in six of their eight league games so far.
Only league-leaders Arsenal have opened the scoring more often than the Sheikh’s multi-million pound men so far this term meaning there’s more than a fair chance of them gaining a lead to throw away.