There is just the one English Premier League match taking place on Thursday and it features two of the League’s giants in Chelsea and Manchester City. We take a look at the game from a betting angle.
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Chelsea are currently 10th on the table and were in poor form before the World Cup break going 5 games without a victory and losing 3 matches in succession. They came out the day after Boxing Day to beat Bournemouth 2-0 and were then held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Nottingham in their last start.
Overall at home this season Chelsea have won 4 and drawn 2 of their 7 games and digging into their goal stats at Stamford Bridge, 4 of the 7 matches would have delivered you a profit had you backed over 2.5 goals. However, the last 3 Chelsea home games have all finished with two goals or less in them.
Manchester City go into this game second on the table 8 points behind leaders, Arsenal, but with a game in hand. Their first action after the World Cup break was a 3-1 victory over Leeds and they were then held to a 1-1 draw with Everton, a result that could be backed at 15/2 before kick-off.
City have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their 7 away matches this season and they have won 3 of their last 4 away games. As far as goals go, Manchester City away matches have not been particularly high scoring, averaging just 2.7 goals each with only 3 of the 7 matches reaching the 3 goal mark. Both teams have found the net in the last 4 Manchester City league games.
Manchester City did the double over Chelsea last season winning both fixtures 1-0.
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Manchester City 13/20
Suggested Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 1/1
Manchester City are certainly not at their fluent best and on the road this season they have battled to put teams away. I expect Chelsea would be happy to take a point out of this game and suspect this could be quite a cagey affair. Chelsea’s last 3 games would have seen this bet collect and it would also have arrived in the last two head-to-heads between the sides.
Looking at other betting options available to punters the 0-1 and 1-1 score line are currently trading as 6/1 favourites for those who believe they can predict the correct score and it should be no surprise that Erling Haaland is trading as the 5/2 favourite to open the scoring in the game and he is also priced at 8/11 to find the net at any time, that price looks fairly reasonable when you consider that he is has already scored 21 times this season
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change