Believe it or not, Manchester City will play host to Chelsea three days after both secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League Grand Finale, scheduled on May 29. The “Citizens” can regain the domestic crown with a victory, while the “Blues” are still trying to finish among the top four.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports, and the English Premier League Odds for Manchester City vs Chelsea while making some predictions.
Game: Manchester City vs Chelsea
Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Time: Saturday, May 8, 12:30 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
English Premier League Betting Lines
|Manchester City||-½ -105||-105||2½ +125o||1½ +115o/-145u|
|Chelsea||+½ -115||+330||2½ -145u||½ -165o/+135u|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 165
- Manchester City Victories: 58 (213 goals)
- Chelsea Victories: 67 (226 goals)
- Draws: 40
The last time they met in the English Premier League, Manchester City defeated Chelsea 3-1. Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored for the “Citizens”, while Callum Hudson-Odoi scored for the “Blues”.
More recently, Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup Semifinals with a goal from Hakim Ziyech.
In their last 10 encounters, Manchester City defeated Chelsea six times, and the “Blues” won the other four. The “Citizens” scored 19 goals, allowed 11; finished with a clean sheet four times, and failed to score just once.
The last two meetings at Etihad Stadium finished 6-0 and 2-1 favoring the home side.
Why bet on Manchester City?
Pep Guardiola’s team wants to win it all. They already won the Capital One Cup after beating Tottenham 1-0 in the Final; they are on the verge of winning the English Premier League, and they’re going to play their first UEFA Champions League Final ever at the end of the month.
Domestically, Manchester City won four of their last five games. They just need a victory to officially reclaim the throne from Liverpool; an Aston Villa victory over Manchester United would also be enough.
The “Citizens” have scored 71 goals, more than any other EPL team, and they also own the best defensive unit after allowing just 24 goals in 34 games. Curiously enough, no City player is in the top five scorers of the tournament, proving once again there’s no “I” in team.
Manchester City is not invincible at home, they own an 11-2-3 record; they also are 5-10-1 against the spread and 5-8-3 over/under.
Something that could increase City’s sports betting value is that several players got some rest midweek against PSG, including Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Rodri, Ferran Torres; while Chelsea went all-in against Real Madrid.
No major injuries to report here. Their expected lineup is Ederson Moraes, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Benjamin Mendy, Ferran Torres, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.
Why Bet on Chelsea?
Chelsea’s physical strength is unlike anyone else’s, and manager Thomas Tuchel has done a great job boosting the players morale after a rocky start with Frank Lampard in charge.
“Getting to the final is the result of a lot of fighting this season and I hope we can finish well. We know Man City, they know us, it will be a special game for both teams and we hope it is going to be great for us,” said midfielder N’Golo Kante after eliminating Real Madrid in the UCL Semifinals.
Domestically, Chelsea sits in fourth place with 61 points, three more than West Ham United. Unless they win the title on May 29, they need to finish among the English Premier League top four in order to play the Champions League next season.
Chelsea owns the second-best defensive unit after allowing just 31 goals in 34 games. Offensively, they’ve scored 18 goals less than Manchester City; Tammy Abraham is the team’s top scorer with six goals.
The “Blues” own a 9-4-4 record when playing on the road. They also are 6-7-4 against the spread and 7-10 over/under.
Mateo Kovacic is doubtful due to injury, but they haven’t missed him too much. Chelsea’s expected lineup is Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Final Analysis and Predictions
Expect both to score, as they want to send a message prior to the Champions League Final. Chelsea has scored before half time in their last four fixtures, while Manchester City scored at least two goals in four of their last five home games in all competitions. Go with City’s more rested players and their desire to win the title once and for all.
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Score Prediction: Manchester City 2 – Chelsea 1