Saturday’s tea time kick off is a heavyweight clash between Chelsea and Man City live on BT Sport. Over the last 10 years Chelsea have had the upper hand in the fixture, winning 6, with 2 draws and 2 defeats. They won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last year.
Manchester City have got the season off to a flyer, winning 5 of their 6 Premier League games. They’ve scored 16 goals without conceding in their last 3 games. Meanwhile Chelsea have bounced back well from their opening day defeat at home to Burnley, winning 4 of their 5 League matches since that defeat.
Chelsea currently sit 10th in the league, based upon home form, having won 1 drawn 1 and lost 1, while Man City are top of the table based upon away form, having won all 3 of their games
Chelsea will be desperate to win this one and close the gap on their title rivals. This time last year they sat 8 points a drift of City, before going on a 13 win run and eventually finishing 15 points above them, they’ve got momentum on their side at the moment, so they won’t want to drop 6 points behind them after this match.
For my fun bet I’ll take the evens offered by bet365 for both teams to score and there be over 2.5 goals.
Over 2.5 Goals & BTTS
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The first of the two live Premier League games on Sunday see Chelsea at home to Arsenal. Chelsea didn’t get the start they were hoping for in the defence of their title, having 2 players sent off in a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley. Since then things have improved dramatically with 3 wins on the bounce, including a 2-0 win over Everton in their most recent home league game. They also found the back of the net 6 times in the mid-week Champions League match.
Arsenal by contrast, started well enough, coming from behind to beat Leicester in their first match of the season, but followed up with two away defeats, including losing 4-0 at Anfield, which leaves them 19th in the away form table. They bounced back from that heavy defeat with home wins in the league and Champions League, but huge doubts remain over their form away from home.
Despite Chelsea’s defeat on the opening weekend of the season, they’ve still won 16 of their last 18 Premier League games.
Things don’t get much better for Arsenal when we look at recent renewals of the fixture, with Chelsea winning 8 to Arsenal’s 2 from the last 10 encounters at Stamford Bridge. The last 5 have all gone the way of Chelsea and last year they ran out 3-1 winners.
So everything points to a home win and further misery for Arsene Wenger, but despite that Chelsea are 4/5 to win the match, which all things considered, is larger than I thought they’d be.
Other bets to consider are Chelsea / Chelsea in the Half Time / Full Time market at 7/4, or Chelsea and Both Teams To Score at 21/10.
Of the two, I prefer the former, so to give a bit of added interest to watching the match, for my fun bet I’ll be going for a Chelsea win at half time and full time and take the odds of 7/4 with bet365.
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