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Chelsea v Man City Tips: More woe for Sarri at the Bridge?

| 08.12.2018

Manchester City will be looking to make it eight straight Premier League wins when they take on an out-of-form Chelsea side this evening.

The Citizens haven’t dropped a point in the league since a 0-0 draw against Liverpool in October.

Maurizio Sarri’s Blues, on the other hand, have lost two of their last three matches in the top-flight after starting the season on a 12-match unbeaten run.

Can the West Londoners spring a shock at Stamford Bridge? Or will City steamroller their way to another win?

Match Odds

Pep Guardiola’s men have won each of their last three matches against Chelsea. They’re 19/20 to extend that run to four.

All of those successes came to nil, and it’s 29/10 for that scenario to play out again here.

Chelsea are available at 13/5, with a first draw since 2015 between the two sides marked up at the same price.

Talking Tactics

Sarri paid the price for resting several key players in the midweek defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He’ll be hoping that risk pays off against the Premier League champions.

Olivier Giroud, David Luiz, Jorginho and Pedro are all expected to return, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek could keep his place after impressing at Molineux.

Eden Hazard is the obvious danger for the hosts. The Belgian will line-up on the left side of a front three which contains pace, power and incisiveness.

City’s starting XI depends on the fitness of Sergio Aguero. Guardiola’s main man is nursing an abductor injury and is touch-and-go to make tonight’s match.

Gabriel Jesus will continue to deputise in his absence, with Leroy Sane set to miss out in place of the returning Raheem Sterling.

The visitors will attempt to strike early on against a Blues defence which has shown signs of weakness from the off in recent weeks.

Goalscorer Odds

Aguero’s inclusion isn’t guaranteed. But he remains the 23/20 favourite to Anytime. He has 12 goals in 16 matches against the West Londoners and is 7/2 to Score 2 or More.

Alternatively, Jesus is an 11/8 shot, with Sterling priced up at 13/8. The latter of the duo is also a 5/1 chance to Score First.

Hazard would seem like the obvious selection for the hosts at 15/8. But the winger hasn’t netted in seven Chelsea matches at home or in Europe.

That leads us to Pedro at 14/5. The Spaniard may be more inconsistent than the Belgian but he’s looked more dangerous in recent weeks and also netted against Fulham six days ago.

Match Info

Where: Stamford Bridge

When: 5:30pm

How to watch: BT Sport 1

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.