Manchester City could have been top of the Premier League if Chelsea fail to beat West Ham in east London this evening.
However, their tame game-in-hand defeat to Liverpool at Anfield robbed them of that extra motivation ahead of Leicester’s Etihad visit.
Lucky for Manuel Pellegrini’s side (and their 4-4-2-devoted manager) the runes are good for the Irons, with whom something of a bromance is developing, doing them a favour by resisting defeat against Chelsea.
The Blues are 31/50 for victory in the east end, with the hosts travelling City fans clapped off the park earlier this season 19/4 to win and the draw priced at 31/10.
Backing Sam Allardyce’s side at 27/20 on bwin’s double-chance betting represents a better bet than any of the aforementioned trio though.
Read on for the four-reason rationale…
Three of the last four Capital One Cup winners lost their next outing
Jose Mourinho reportedly allowed his players just 20 minutes to celebrate following their victory over Tottenham.
Still, Swansea remain the only one of the previous four victors to avoid defeat next time out with Man City amongst those to lose – none of them had to play again three days later either.
Chelsea have won two of their six away games against the current top eight
Were it not for their average travel form the Blues would be running away with the Premier League by now.
They’ve failed to win six of their 13 road games so far, a record which worsens when only results against those at West Ham’s height or above in the table are counted.
The Irons have already downed Liverpool and Man City at the Boleyn Ground
Admittedly the hosts have been on the slide since those excellent results were achieved, but their strength in their own backyard against the big boys abides.
Manchester United were fortunate to escape with a draw last month, while the men in claret were controversially denied an Alex Song goal in their 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
West Ham bounced back from their last hammering by outplaying Spurs
Smashed up 3-1 on home turf by ex-manager Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace last time out, the Irons support will demand a reaction against their London rivals.
The Hammers obliged last time such a response was required (in the wake of their timid 4-0 FA Cup exit to West Brom), outplaying Tottenham for all but the last ten minutes of the sides’ recent draw.
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