Chelsea vs Manchester City 01/31/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Saturday 31th January 2015 17:30(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 6/5 Draw 5/2 Manchester City 13/5 See the Latest Odds
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Game of the weekend in the Premier League and quite possibly across Europe will see Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday evening. Manchester City currently sit in second in the league table five points behind leaders Chelsea and Manuel Pelligrini's side will hope to take advantage of some injuries and suspensions to Chelseas star duo, Fabregas and Diego Costa. To be fair though Manchester City themselves are missing Ya Ya toure and Wilfred Bony as they compete in the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast. With Sergio Aguero back fit the pressure will go on his shoulders to provide the cutting edge up front for Manchester City. Jovetic and Dzeko just havent provided the goal threat City need in Aguero's absence and Pelligrini will be hoping the little argentine superstar can stay fit for the remainder of the season. Frank Lampard, the long time Chelsea midfielder may start for City on Saturday in what would be a very emotional return to the club he called home for over a decade.
While Diego Costa's suspension will be a key factor in how Jose Mourhino sets his side up on Saturday it may not be the defining factor. While Costa is a terrific talent and a real goalscoring threat Loic Remy has proven in the limited chances he has gotten to be just as effective. I expect Mourhino to give the french international a chance to prove himself against the big boys on Saturday. With Hazard and Oscar pulling the strings in midfield and Matic defending the back four I think Chelsea have enough quality to be the slight favourites that the bookmakers have them. Chelsea will look to John Terry and Gary Cahill at the back to marshall Aguero, that could be the key battle if they can win that tussle City may struggle here.
I'm looking for value here and I think the overs market just about covers it. Both teams have a plethora of attacking talents and while these games often descend into defensive standoffs I dont think it happens here. Manchester City know they must try to close the gap on Chelsea at the top and this is going to be their best opportunity to do that. So with that sort of attacking intent I think we see the overs come in here.