Chelsea have not won successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November, but they can end this surprising poor run against Manchester City.
Chelsea’s betting odds are 4/6 to beat Manchester City and with both teams still on the periphery of the Premier League title picture, a defeat for either would all but end their outside chances of being crowned champions.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s chance of securing victory is also enhanced by the return of Alex to first-team action following a knee injury.
Manchester City may come into the game as the 9/2 underdogs, but based on their recent head-to-head encounters they perhaps should be the favourites.
Roberto Mancini’s team have won all of their last three meetings with Chelsea, while Mancini himself holds the upper hand in his previous meetings with Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
However, Manchester City have taken just two points from their last four away games.
It would be no huge surprise if Manchester City line up with a defensive focus and with Chelsea’s Fernando Torres still seemingly low on confidence, goals may be at a premium.
Therefore, it may prove prudent to take advantage of the 8/11 on offer that under 2.5 goals are scored.
Furthermore, although Torres is still waiting for his first Chelsea goal, Carlos Tevez has endured no such problems for Manchester City this season.
Tevez has 18 league goals to his name this season, but is currently in the middle of a dry patch as he has not scored in the top flight since the start of February.
But Tevez has scored six times in his last five Premier League outings against Chelsea, which could make him good value at 7/4 to strike at any point within the 90 minutes.
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