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Man City v Chelsea: City to exert Eastlands dominance over Blues

| 21.03.2012

Manchester City are desperate to get their Premier League title bid back on track after a disastrous result away to Swansea last week, and the visit of Chelsea represents the chance to do that at 5/6.

A Chelsea side that has won its past four games in all competitions represents a touch test, and those who believe Roberto Di Matteo can extend his 100 per cent record to five matches can back the Blues at 10/3 here.

It is 5/2 that Chelsea draw away from home for the sixth time this season, but Man City’s 100 per cent Premier League home record this term would seem to signify it is most sensible to get behind them in this match.

Chelsea were in fact the first side to inflict defeat upon City this season back in December at Stamford Bridge, where they triumphed 2-1, but it could be worth investing in the 7/1 odds for the Citizens to come out on the right end of that scoreline here.

City have averaged exactly three Premier League goals per game at Eastlands this term however, and it may therefore pay dividends to back a 3-1 home win at a big 14/1.

The fact that Roberto Mancini’s men have conceded just six league goals at Eastlands could also tempt some punters to bet against both teams finding the net at 1/1, or the longer 13/8 for the home side to keep a clean sheet.

Also, considering the massive average goal tally City have racked up at Eastlands, the 2/1 odds on offer for them to score in both halves looks unmissable, whilst 10/3 odds for them to win both halves are very generous too.

Mario Balotelli hit City’s goal in the Stamford Bridge clash earlier in the season, and he is 4/1 joint-favourite to get the opener in this match, with Sergio Aguero at the same price.

Fernando Torres will want to build on his FA Cup brace at the weekend meanwhile, and can be backed at 7/1 to score the first goal here.



John Klee