Chelsea have been dominant over the opening five games of the season but face their first big test when they travel to Manchester City on Saturday.
Roberto Mancini’s Man City side are yet to suggest that the pre-season hype was well justified with just six goals and eight points from five games, and the visit of Chelsea is a vital representation of their form for the season.
A win, available at 12/5, would enhance Man City’s claim to fourth spot, they are currently 1/2 to finish fourth, and after completing the double over Chelsea last season a win is a real possibility.
However Mancini is facing a shortage of defenders and either James Milner or Gareth Barry could find themselves playing left-back in City’s attempts to stop the glut of Chelsea goals.
Chelsea, 6/5 to win the game, are odds against for the first time this season and until their defeat at Eastlands last season, Chelsea had lost just four times in 26 matches against Man City.
Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda will be recalled to the side after the loss to Newcastle in midweek, but Saloman Kalou and Frank Lampard will miss out.
Carlos Tevez is in tremendous scoring form and has been Man City’s best player so far this season.
He has proved to be a nemesis to Chelsea in recent seasons, scoring five times in his last four matches against them – he is 6/4 to score anytime.
Chelsea score with 27% of their shots and Malouda has scored six times in his last four Premier League starts.
As he is likely to face a makeshift left-back, Malouda is a decent price at 6/1 to score first and 15/8 to score anytime.
Chelsea are 11/4 to win at half-time and full-time. See the full Manchester City vs Chelsea match betting odds market here.