Chelsea’s early-season imperiousness faces its toughest test in the shape of Manchester City at the Etihad.
The Blues’ 2/1 for victory will certainly appeal to many punters given the shaky start Manuel Pellegrini’s men have suffered, with defeat at home to Stoke preceding a 2-2 draw at Arsenal last time out.
Trailing Jose Mourinho’s men by five points, the Citizens can’t afford to relinquish the spoils in this fixture and can be backed at 7/5 for success, with the draw a 12/5 outside punt.
Calling the match-result looks like hard work, so the news.bwin.com/en/ tipping force – that really knocked one out of the park in predicting Everton’s Europa League demise against Wolfsburg recently – have consulted the annals to discover what tends to happen when the billionaire boys’ clubs lock horns.
Here are the findings:
Under 2.5 goals @ 19/20
Of the previous 12 meetings between the two at the Etihad, nine have seen the total goals scored fall short of the line in question, including both matches since the Special One’s return to west London.
The Blues’ tactical brains trust will certainly refrain from attacking with the same carefree abandon that resulted in them shipping six in their first four games, so expect another low-scoring affair here.
More goals to be scored in the second half @ 6/5
Backers of this bet would’ve been rewarded in seven of the last 11 meetings between the pair in which the net has been rustled.
Two of their three tussles in 2013/14 didn’t comply, but, aside from a goalless affair in 2012, five straight games saw the second 45 yield the more strikes.
Manchester City to score exactly two goals @ 13/5
In eight of the past 12 renewals, the hosting party has plundered a brace then called it a day.
The Citizens have provided four of these eight instances in just six home games.