Following an impressive comeback victory over the weekend, Chelsea will look to further cement their top-four position with a statement victory over Manchester City.
But it’s likely not going to come easy to Frank Lampard’s side, as Man City have looked better than any Premier League side since the restart. Though Pep Guardiola’s men know they don’t have all that much to play for, this group is preparing for a gruelling Champions League come August. They’ve scored eight goals, and conceded none – and have shown zero signs of slowing down. It’s clear they want to delay Liverpool from winning the title, for as long as they can.
With Chelsea, the gap continues to tighten in the close battle for the coveted Champions League position. Both Manchester United and Wolverhampton winning adds some extra pressure to this matchup, while the Spurs are charging hard as well. With a healthy Blues side available for the first time in a while, many are expecting Chelsea to finally live up to their lofty expectations.
When these clubs met back in November, it was a 2-1 City victory. Can Chelsea flip the script and secure valuable points this time around? Keep reading beneath the odds to find out, along with some match tactics and a betting prediction for Thursday’s marquee matchup in the English Premier League!
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Betting Odds:
Manchester City (-124)
Over 3 (+103)
Under 3 (-123)
Manchester City -0.5 (-124)
Chelsea +0.5 (+104)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Pick:
With Chelsea entering this match fully fit, manager Frank Lampard is not expected to make too many changes or disruptions to the team’s flow.
Look for him to value a pacy lineup and one that can both defend the long stretches when Man City possess the ball, but also threaten their back-line on the counter. Reece James is an option at right back, potentially to deal with England international Raheem Sterling’s blistering pace.
Chelsea have the pieces to attack and contend with Manchester City, but they will need to commit to defending for long periods – when they don’t have the ball. Manager Frank Lampard would likely be the first to admit that’s been an issue for his club this campaign.
Look for Man City to make some tweaks to their impressive lineup options. Sergio Ageuro is out injured, so it will modify the wealth of attacking options available for manager Pep Guardiola. Expect a top-flight starting eleven as Guardiola wants to continue to put any sort of pressure on Liverpool as he can. Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez will serve as strikers alongside Raheem Sterling, and that trio should produce some dangerous scoring chances against the Chelsea back-line.
With virtually nothing but added pride on the line for Man City, there has to be a dip in their performance sooner rather than later. Eventually, you’d think this side would slow things down to prepare for other competitions later this summer. They have the potential to dominate, but I think Chelsea will be up for the task on Thursday at Stamford Bridge. This is a good, young group that knows the importance of getting a Champions League spot with key talents incoming. Jorginho and Kante in the midfield should really limit Man City’s midfield maestro in Kevin de Bruyne as well.
While an outright win might be too much to expect, Chelsea +0.5 goals, meaning they can win or draw the match, at a plus-money price, seems to be good value for this big-time clash.
Pick: 2-2 Draw