All sports betting enthusiasts were surely delighted by the offer for Sunday, which, it seems, hasn’t been better in a long time. Among a sea of interesting matches, this time we have prepared for you a duel that will be played in London, at the “Stamford Bridge” stadium, where Chelsea and Manchester City will measure their strengths. The start of the match between these two clubs is scheduled for 5:30 PM.
Chelsea: The Blues are much improved from the start, but is it enough for City?
Last season was one to forget for Chelsea, despite the club’s management spending a fabulous amount of money on reinforcements. The best indicator of this is the fact that the team from London failed to qualify for any European competitions. Even at the start of this competitive season, the Blues’ management spent a lot of money, with the transfer of Kaisedo leading the way, for whom Chelsea paid Brighton an incredible 135 million euros.
Regardless, the least that could be expected was a fair fight for the English Premier League title, especially since Mauricio Pochettino became the new coach of the club in the meantime. However, after eleven played matches, the team from Stamford Bridge finds itself in a disastrous tenth place in the table, trailing by seven points from the teams in the Europa League qualifying spots, and nine points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. It’s well known that the fourth place is also the last one that leads to the Champions League at the end of the championship.
So far, Mauricio Pochettino’s team has played eleven matches in the top tier of English football, achieving four victories, three draws, and four losses. The start of the season was catastrophic, although as time passes, it seems that the former European champions are slowly but surely getting into a winning rhythm. In the last five matches, the tenth-placed team has three wins, one draw, and one loss, surprisingly at their own stadium against Brentford.
In the last round, the Blues played probably their best match of the season, winning away at Tottenham, who were at the top of the table before the last round. That match in London ended with a 4-1 score, but it’s a big question what would have happened if Tottenham hadn’t finished the match with two players less. Before this triumph over the Spurs, the club from Stamford Bridge also defeated Burnley and Fulham away, but now the bigger problem seems to be their home games, where Chelsea has managed only one win, two draws, and three losses in six matches.
Finally, Mauricio Pochettino still has serious squad problems. For this match against the current English champions, he won’t be able to count on Chilwell, Chalobah, Nkunku, Fofana, Chukwuemeka, and Lavia, while Broja and Bettinelli are doubtful.
Manchester City: Six Consecutive Victories Over Chelsea!
Indeed, the past season could hardly have been more successful for the popular Citizens, as the team won three out of four possible trophies. Of course, first and foremost, it’s important to mention the European Champions title, a long-standing goal of City since the entry of their wealthy owners into the club. In the grand final, the Citizens triumphed over Inter, who put up a commendable fight, even outperforming the English team in some parts of the match.
Despite seeming unlikely to retain the English Premier League title, Pep Guardiola’s men capitalized on Arsenal’s poor performances in the latter half of the season to win the Premier League for the third consecutive time. Not to forget, Manchester City also clinched the English FA Cup trophy, triumphing in the final against their city rivals, Manchester United.
Regarding the team, there haven’t been drastic changes, except for the departure of Gundogan, who signed with Barcelona, and Mahrez, who continued his career in Saudi Arabia. Arriving at Etihad were Kovacic and his compatriot Gvardiol, and one shouldn’t overlook the acquisition of Doku, who is gradually starting to deliver performances at a very high level.
All things considered, so far, everything is going according to plan. Before this round, the popular Citizens were at the top of the table, a point ahead of second-placed Tottenham. So far, Guardiola’s men have played eleven league matches, achieving nine victories and suffering two defeats.
The team had a great start to the season but stumbled in the seventh round, first losing away to Wolverhampton and then to Arsenal with a 1-0 score. Following that, they strung together three consecutive league victories, and in the last round, they easily defeated Bournemouth 6-1 at Etihad.
In the Champions League, the English representative secured direct qualification to the knockout phase with two rounds to spare, achieving four victories in four matches. In the last round, the current European champions secured another comfortable victory at their stadium against Young Boys, ending the match with a 3-0 score against the Swiss team.
It seems that Pep Guardiola has far fewer squad problems compared to his Chelsea counterpart, as the Spanish manager will be without the long-absent De Bruyne, Stones, and Gomez for this match against the Blues, while Akanji is doubtful.
Our Betting Suggestions
First of all, it should be noted that recent matches between these two teams haven’t been particularly high-scoring, and today’s game could very well follow this trend. Therefore, we boldly recommend trying the bet under 2.5 goals to be scored, for which the bookmaker Mozzartbet offers odds of 2.01.
Lately, Chelsea has been gradually showing signs of revival. However, they are hosting the most formidable English club, and we believe that the Citizens will celebrate a victory in their visit to this fierce rival. Hence, we advise you to play a 2 (away win) with odds of 1.75.