As if the match itself wasn’t enough to get the juices coursing, bwin have augmented the excitement ahead of Manchester City v Chelsea to the extent frenzy is simmering on the edge of outbreak.
The bookies in black and gold will pay out at the special price of 7/2 should both teams bag in a game that ends all square.
After generously applying the same odds to Manchester United and Bayern Munich prevailing across two Friday night meetings that combined to yield over 4.5 goals, the firm is out to reward its loyal patrons once again with yet another boosted bet that stands a great chance of landing.
It’s wager that would’ve rewarded backers not once, but twice last term, with both tussles between the two fattest felines in the Premier League finishing 1-1.
This was the third of four league matches between the pair under the respective tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho to have seen both nets bulge.
After spilling points at home to Swansea last time around as City ran riot at West Brom, the Blues head to the Etihad knowing a defeat will leave them stranded five points adrift of the favourites to take their crown.
Even at this early stage, trailing by such a deficit could be disastrous.
With this in mind, master of pragmatism Mourinho may well play for the draw here, but lacking his first-choice goalkeeper through suspension, the prospects of an away clean sheet have surely been dampened.
City have bagged at least two goals in seven straight domestic home matches, while Chelsea drawn as many blanks on their travels across all competitions since mid-November.
Furthermore, the west Londoners have notched in seven of their last nine league visits to the venue, with City off target once in seven across all comps when hosting this adversary.