Chelsea vs. Manchester City 1/5/23 EPL Soccer Picks, Predictions, Odds

Manchester City vs. Chelsea
January 5, 2023 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Manchester City -160 / Chelsea +450 // Total: 2.5
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Chelsea and Manchester City face off on Thursday in an English Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge. When these two teams faced off on November 9th it was Manchester City that secured the 2-0 victory. 

Chelsea currently sits in 10th place in the standings, having picked up 25 points. On Sunday, against Nottingham Forest, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw. Raheem Sterling scored in the 16th minute, and they looked to be good in good shape. In the 63rd minute, though, the defense gave up a goal and only picked up a point. N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja, and Reece James are all still dealing with injuries, and they won’t be able to go in this game. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training and there is a strong chance that he’s going to be able to go in this game. In this game, Chelsea is going to need the offense to be strong here, and they can’t fall behind early. 

On the other side of this matchup is Manchester City, who sits in second place in the standings having picked up 36 points. Last Saturday, against Everton, Manchester City played to a 1-1 draw. Erling Haaland scored the first goal in the 24th minute, and they looked to be in good shape. Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are both still dealing with injuries, and they won’t be able to go in this match. Julian Alvarez came off the bench against Everton, but he could get the start in this game. Kalvin Phillips has been talked about a lot since the World Cup, but it’s expected that he might play in this game. 

Injuries are still a major concern for Chelsea, and they are going to struggle to score goals here. Manchester City is going to score two or three goals here, and that is going to be enough for them to get the job done here. I am taking Manchester City on the money line, but also throwing a few dollars on Manchester City -1.5. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Manchester City -1.5

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Shane Mickle

I have been following sports for as long as I can remember and started writing about them back in high school. My favorite sports include MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, CBB, and the UFC. Follow me on Twitter at @shanemickle

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