Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 10th February 2019

Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday night. This Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s Man City welcome Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens, who have the best home record in the top flight, are the strong favourites to claim a seventh straight league and cup home win at the weekend.

The Blues are facing a big challenge to keep hold of fourth place, with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal hot on their heels. The Londoners head to Manchester as the big 11/2 underdogs. Will City seal another routine home win, or can Sarri’s side cause an upset at the Etihad?

Top Tips

Manchester City to Win 2-0 @ 15/2

Manchester City to Win to Nil @ 13/8

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Manchester City News: Champions Back on Top

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium Entrance
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Man City secured a solid 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in midweek in a tough fixture. Despite not being at their ruthless best, a late goal in each half was enough to give City a hard-fought victory on Merseyside. Aymeric Laporte set the champions on their way with a terrific header on the stroke of half time. The Toffees had their moments in the second half and put pressure on the Citizens, but Gabriel Jesus’ injury time goal made sure of the points. Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Man City are above Liverpool on goal difference.

City Almost Faultless at Home

Man City have dropped just three Premier League points on their own patch this term. In fact, since the beginning of the 2017/18 season, Guardiola’s troops have won a staggering 28 of their 32 league matches at the Etihad. Since the shock 3-2 Christmas defeat to Crystal Palace, City have won their last six at home in all competitions, scoring a staggering 29 goals in the process. Overall, Pep’s boys have won 16 of their 18 league and cup fixtures on home soil this season.

Advantage City in the Title Race?

Even though Liverpool have a game in hand, Man City are now the 5/6 favourites to win the Premier League title. The Reds have drawn their last two while City have struck back with two important wins over Arsenal and Everton after a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Having won the title last year, the Citizens know exactly what it takes to get the job done. Do Guardiola’s side now have the edge over Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in the title race?

Chelsea News: Three Away Defeats on the Spin

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Panorama
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Chelsea started life under Sarri with seven wins and a draw from their opening eight away fixtures across all competitions. However, the Blues have lost five of their last nine league and cup games on the road. Since beating Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford and Crystal Palace in consecutive away league games, Chelsea have lost their last three on their travels in all competitions, losing to Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup and to Arsenal and Bournemouth in the Premier League. At the Vitality Stadium in their last away outing, Chelsea were embarrassed in a 4-0 defeat to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Their form away from Stamford Bridge will no doubt concern Sarri.

Blues in a Bruising Battle for the Top Four

Two defeats in their last three Premier League games has not helped Chelsea’s cause for a top four spot. Unai Emery’s Arsenal are knocking on the door while Man United have been in irresistible form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of late. With Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham certain to make the top four, realistically only one UEFA Champions League position remains. As the Blues are still in the UEFA Europa League, Chelsea have a couple of chances to secure Champions League football for next season, but the Premier League route seems the easier choice. The west Londoners are in pole position, sitting two points above Man United and three ahead of the Gunners at the moment.

Analysis: Citizens to Win Again

Looking at Man City’s phenomenal home record, we can only see one winner in this one. Chelsea have some top players in their side – with the likes of Eden Hazard firing on all cylinders and Gonzalo Higuain starting to find his feet in England – but stopping Pep’s City at the Etihad is an arduous task for any team these days. Our money is going on a comfortable home victory.

Home Side to Prove Too Strong

Like we mentioned above, Man City have been on fire in front of their home supporters since that surprise 3-2 home loss to Palace a few days before Christmas. Having lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, we fancy City to get revenge with a 2-0 win of their own on Sunday. The 2-0 home triumph is available at odds of 15/2.

Another Shutout for City

Laurent Koscielny’s goal for Arsenal last weekend was the first goal that Man City had conceded at the Etihad since Roberto Firmino scored for Liverpool back on January 3rd. Have a punt on Pep’s team to win to nil (13/8) yet again this weekend.

Sergio to Score First on Sunday

Sergio Aguero, who is having another incredible goalscoring season for City, has scored six times in his last five appearances. We fancy the Argentine sharpshooter to open the scoring in this one at 11/4.

Recent Matches

Things have been pretty even between Man City and Chelsea in recent matches, with both sides winning three of the last six league and cup meetings. The pair have already locked horns on two occasions this term, with Chelsea prevailing in the league game at the Bridge after Man City had beaten the Blues in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium back in August.

8th December 2018: Chelsea 2 – 0 Manchester City

Chelsea became the first team to beat Guardiola’s Man City in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 home victory back in December. Despite a fast start by the visitors, N’Golo Kante’s goal just before the break set Sarri’s side on their way to a famous win. The champions huffed and puffed in the second period, but David Luiz’s header made sure of the points for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

5th August 2018: Chelsea 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sarri’s first competitive game in charge of Chelsea saw them well beaten at Wembley. City won with two goals from Sergio Aguero and it could have been more. The Argentine notched after 13 minutes, adding a second just before the hour, as Chelsea failed in a fifth straight Community Shield contest.

4th March 2018: Manchester City 1 – 0 Chelsea

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the game in a controversial match where Chelsea didn’t manage a single shot on target. Antonio Conte defended his negative tactics but they were in vain anyway as City won to edge towards the title, moving some 18 points clear at the top.

30th September 2017: Chelsea 0 – 1 Manchester City

Again the sides were separated by just a goal and this time it was a different midfield maestro who proved decisive. Kevin de Bruyne scored a stunning goal after 67 minutes, a rising thunderbolt from outside the area. City dominated once again and were full value for the win.

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