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Chelsea v Manchester City betting tips: Heavyweights clash at Bridge

| 21.09.2021

Chelsea v Manchester City betting tips and odds

Anthony Joshua defends his belts against Oleksandr Usyk this weekend, but there is also a huge heavyweight battle in the Premier League as joint leaders Chelsea take on champions Manchester City in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The west Londoners won three of the four meetings with City last season, most significantly the Champions League final in Porto, and there is a hair’s breadth between the teams in the odds, with Chelsea 17/10 and the visitors 33/20.

The two favourites for the title could serve up a classic at Stamford Bridge so let’s check out the market and odds in our Chelsea v Manchester City betting tips.

Match Odds

Thomas Tuchel’s side are joint top of the Premier League with Liverpool thanks to four wins and a draw from five games and are 2/1 for the title, with City priced at 7/4.

The Blues have conceded once this season, just like City, and are 18/5 to win to nil or 10/3 for a one-goal margin of victory which was the case in the last three meetings between the teams.

City have a potential season-defining week ahead of them with a Champions League trip to PSG followed by a home clash with Liverpool, but worryingly they have a handful of players struggling with injuries.

Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko could join Aymeric Laporte and John Stones on the sidelines for City, who fielded five teenagers in defensive roles for Tuesday’s 6-1 comeback win against Wycombe in the Carabao Cup.

Pep Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches in attack although he still lacks a natural centre forward and his side are 11/5 to draw on Saturday or 16/5 with goals thrown into the mix as one of our Chelsea v Manchester City betting tips.

Chelsea won two of the last three contests 1-0 and are 15/2 for a repeat while in our #GetAPrice specials we go 5/4 on under 1.5 goals in the first half, under 2.5 goals in the second half and either team to win. That would have paid out in the last three encounters, all of which were won by the European champions who are 12/5 to win and under 3.5 goals.

Talking Tactics

City’s injury problems have already been mentioned, while Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of keeper Edouard Mendy who has missed the last two games with a knock he sustained against Zenit St Petersburg, so Kepa may start in goal once again.

Timo Werner gave Tuchel food for thought by scoring his first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie, but he may have to settle for a place on the bench in a 3-4-2-1 formation in which Kai Havertz and Mason Mount play behind Romelu Lukaku.

City did not muster a shot on target until the 90th minute in last week’s goalless draw with Southampton, who were unlucky not to win after a penalty and red card shown to Kyle Walker were overturned by VAR.

Goalscorer Odds

Lukaku is comfortably the 7/2 favourite to get the ball rolling and 7/5 to score any time having netted four times this season.

Havertz and Mount are 14/5 and 9/2 in the anytime market, while Jorginho is available at 7/2 in our Chelsea v Manchester City betting tips.

Hakim Ziyech is likely to start on the bench but he has scored in his last two appearances against City and is 10/3 to make it three in a row.

Ferran Torres was on target against Wycombe and is 13/2 to break the deadlock or 14/5 to score, while captain Kevin De Bruyne, who scored the equaliser on Tuesday, is 15/2 and 16/5 in the same markets.

Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez are 14/5, 16/5, 3/1 and 3/1 to find the net.

Match Info

Where: Stamford Bridge

When: 12:30, Saturday 25th September

How to watch: BT Sport

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner