Manchester City vs Chelsea 02/15/2014 Free FA Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
The Line: Manchester City 11/10 Draw 12/5 Chelsea 12/5
Saturday 15th February 2014 17:15(GMT)
The Line: Manchester City 11/10 Draw 12/5 Chelsea 12/5 See the Latest Odds
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Chelsea travel to Manchester to take on City for the second time in a forthnight. Can Jose Mourhino pull off another shock and knock Manchester City out of the FA Cup? Chelsea put in a terrific defensive performance in a 1-0 win two weeks ago Terry and Cahill were terrific in central defence and david luiz and Matic provided protection playing in front of the back four. Again Mourhino's tactics were spot on with Willian playing behind Eto and Hazard pulling the strings in midfield. Hazards' performances of late have him my front runner for PFA player of the year if Chelsea can win the Premier League. No doubt Mourhino will have a similar gameplan for tomorrow's game but I think he may be helped by the fixture list this time around.
Manchester City have only lost one game at home in three years and that was two weeks ago to Chelsea. Manuel Pelligrini will no doubt want to rectify that loss but Manchester City will definitely have one eye on Tuesday's Champions League tie with Barcelona. With Sergio Aguero still missing through injury I think there is a really good chance that Pelligrini rests Neggredo and starts with Jovetic and Dzeko up front. Still a very good front two but not as good as Aguero or Negredo.It will be interesting to see what team starts for Pelligrini and Manchester City as I think the Champions League is their goal this season.
I would wait for the line ups before jumping on this but I think Chelsea are the value bet here. Manchester City have a huge game on Tuesday against Barcelona where as Chelsea dont play until the following week in the Champions League. No doubt it will be a very difficult task for Chelsea to beat Manchester City for a second time in the Ethiad Stadium but I think the way the fixtures have fallen and given the terrific form of Chelsea that maybe everything has aligned perfectly for Jose Mourhino and Chelsea. I will be taking Chelsea +1 on the handicap and will spread a little on the moneyline as well. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo