Back Manchester City to blow Premier League title race open with a win at leaders Chelsea
April 03, 2017
We can expect goals galore as champions-elect Chelsea face Manchester City on Wednesday. The spoilt Stamford Bridge crowd has seen over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Chelsea’s last 14 Premier League home games with Chelsea scoring at least twice in nine of their last 11 Premier League home games. City are no slouches either on their travels, finding the net no less than twice in nine of their last 11 away matches, just as they did in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Sunday.
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Both sides are hoping to bounce back from disappointing results at the weekend. Chelsea slipped to a shock 2-1 home reverse against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, their first home defeat since losing to Liverpool in September, while City twice let a lead slip and finally kissing any vague title hopes goodbye. Guardiola’s side again conceded two horribly cheap goals at the Emirates and it wouldn’t be a surprise if captain Vincent Kompany finally returns to shore up a hugely untrustworthy City backline.
The Italian Antonio Conte has done an amazing job in debut season, outperforming the holy trinity of trainers like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger. Conte’s side stamped their title credentials against City at the Etihad in December, coming from a goal behind to win 3-1 aided by the not so clever goalkeeping of Claudio Bravo.
Still seven points clear, the title is within reach for Conte’s charges but Saturday’s slip against Crystal Palace will increase the nerves at Stamford Bridge against a City side desperate for a win themselves to cement their place in top four.
City easily won the last PL meeting at Stamford Bridge 3-0 with a classy Sergio Aguero hat-trick, but the Argentinian looked to have picked up a knock late on at the Emirates and could be a doubtful starter.
If Aguero is good to go, BTTS City win is an attractive 19-4 with Stan James, while over 2.5 goals at 23-25 with Marathon looks a sound proposition in an exciting clash at the Bridge where vibrant attacking flair wins over defensive nous. To score at any time, Diego Costa is due at 27-20 with 32Red, while the German Leroy Sane is tremendous value at 4-1 AAT with Paddy Power.