This Thursday, the Premier League is serving up what could be the most entertaining clash since the restart as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the battle of the blues. Both teams have gotten back to winning ways since returning from the enforced break.
Chelsea vs City is a clash of two teams with great attacking prowess, so we’re expecting a few goals on Thursday night. We’ve analysed the stats and taken a look at each team’s performances since the restart to come up with our best betting tip for this one.
Frank Lampard’s side looked a little rusty during their first outing since the lockdown on Sunday, but they did manage to come from behind to grab a 2-1 at Villa Park thanks to 2 goals in 2 minutes from Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud. The victory at Villa had opened up a 4 point gap between Chelsea and 5th place Manchester United – a gap that has now been closed to just a point following United’s win against Sheffield United. A win against City could simultaneously reopen the gap between them and Man United and close the gap between them and 3rd place Leicster.
Manchester City have already played 2 matches since the league returned little over a week ago, and are showing early signs of having returned to their blistering form of last season. The quick turnaround and 5 substitute allowance seems to have suited the strength and depth of Pep Guradiola’s squad, as they’ve scored 8 goals without reply in their first 2 games, with the youngster Phil Foden scoring 3 in 2. With the title well and truly out of reach, the Citizens essentially have nothing left to play for in the Premier League this season, but look like a side very much out to prove a point.
There have been 13 goals in the last 5 games between these two sides, however 6 of those came in City’s 6-0 thumping of Chelsea at the Etihad during last year’s title winning campaign. In the reverse fixture this season, City came from behind to come out 2-1 winners at the Etihad, but if the first 2 games of the restart are anything to go by, Chelsea are up against a far more frightening City side this time round. With just 1 win in the last 7, Chelsea haven’t had a lot of joy in this fixture in recent times.
We’ve compiled a list of statistical highlights and provided details of the past 5 meetings between these two sides below. As well as the stats, we’ve also looked at how each team has performed since the restart and considered each side’s respective motivation when creating our betting tip for this match.
Having anaylsed the above information and taken everything else into account, we’re backing City to Triumph over Chelsea in a hard fought match that will see goals at either end.
Given City’s electrifying displays in both their outings so far, it’s just too hard to see Lampard’s Chelsea managing to turn them over. We’re expecting City to pick up a 3rd win on the bounce, however we don’t expect them to pick a 3rd clean sheet, as Chelsea’s attacking prowess should expose City’s known defensive frailties on at least one occasion.
Chelsea’s motivation is perhaps stronger, as they look to cling onto 4th place and secure Champions League next year, however City know all-too-well that any points dropped at Stamford Bridge will hand Liverpool the title.
Our betting tip for this match is a City win plus both teams to score, which you can place on odds of 3.4 with Bet365. For those of you looking for a more adventurous bet, we’d back a 2-1 City win, which you can find at odds of 9, also with Bet365.