CHELSEA vs MANCHESTER CITY
Chelsea @ 13/8
Manchester City @ 17/10
Draw @ 23/10
Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off is the biggest game of the Premier League season so far, as holders Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a repeat of last year’s Champions League final. Man City’s somewhat unconvincing start has seen a significant drift in their title odds; Pep Guardiola’s side started the season odds-on to retain their title, yet now find themselves clinging onto favouritism at 13/8, with the ever-impressive Chelsea hot on their tail at 15/8.
Either team to win 1-0 @ 10/3
At around 4:30pm last Saturday, things were looking bleak for City when Kyle Walker’s straight red coupled with a Southampton penalty meant a second league defeat in five games was on the horizon, however a VAR check saved the day and spared their blushes. Despite last year’s dominance, City aren’t the formidable force we all imagined they would be this term and, almost unbelievably given their attacking prowess in recent years, look a little light up top. Of course, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez provide creativity, however City have only netted once away from home this year. Pep will need Kevin De Bruyne at his best to start dictating affairs again if they are to defend their title. Luckily for City fans, the Belgian does usually enjoy playing against his old club, scoring in all three of his last three league games against Chelsea. An in-form De Bruyne, as well as Phil Foden’s return could be the much-needed injection of energy City need to kickstart their season.
Kevin De Bruyne to score or assist @ 5/4
Thomas Tuchel’s team on the other hand are flying and their performances so far this season fully justify their ever-shortening title price. Not only are the Blues a huge threat up top, with Romelu Lukaku causing carnage for opposition defences, and Mason Mount and Kai Havertz floating either side of him, but their own defence is watertight. In Tuchel’s 24 Premier League games in charge, his side have kept 15 clean sheets, and currently sit top of the league with the joint best defensive record. Two of their centre backs, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, also found the net in their 3-0 win over Tottenham last Sunday; a professional performance that oozed of title credentials. Last time out, Chelsea took home the spoils – as well as the Champions League – as a Kai Havertz goal was enough to give the Blues the European title. The form between these two in the League has been very even, with both sides winning five out of the last ten meetings and surely, we’re in for another close one this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku to score and Chelsea to win @ 7/2