Given their 100 per cent-winning start at Stamford Bridge and home advantage here, it is no surprise to see Chelsea as the favourites at 11/8 to beat Manchester City in the next round of Premier League fixtures.
However, as Chelsea have failed to win any of their last five meetings with Man City, it is three alternate bets in a similar price bracket that look more appealing for the showdown, which could have a big say on where the Premier League title ends up in May.
All of these relate to the fact that this fixture has a knack of going goal crazy in the second half, based on the most recent renewals.
In the last nine encounters between the pair in all competitions, there have been seven instances of more goals being scored after the break than in the opening 45 minutes.
It is 11/10 that another repeat of this plays out at Stamford Bridge this season.
Meanwhile, in six of these nine fixtures, and four of the last five, there have been at least two goals scored after the interval, with over 1.5 goals in the second period here priced at 1/1.
Finally, another common occurrence in four of the last five meetings has been a goal being scored in the 15-minute period between the hour and the 75th minute.
Either team troubling the scorers in this time period at Stamford Bridge can be backed at 6/4.
Chelsea’s latest three games this season in all competitions have also witnessed more goals in the second period, with one scored in the aforementioned 15-minute block in each.
Alternatively, as Chelsea have scored more goals than any other Premier League club in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, punters may prefer the 10/11 that a goal is scored at some time between the 75th minute and the final whistle.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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