England Premier League
(04 Mar 2018)
Manchester City – Chelsea
Match Preview: City can edge closer to the Premier League title
Two 3-0 wins over Arsenal in under a week prove that Manchester City are showing no signs of letting up in the Premier League run-in, and they have a 16-point lead over Manchester United with just 10 matches to go. The way things are looking, they could even wrap up the title on 7th April in the Manchester derby.
Pep Guardiola’s side has played some of the best football seen in the division and this Sunday they have the chance to continue their dominance when they face the reigning champions Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. Given that City has lost just once in the league all season, anything less than three points would represent a surprise; they have won four of their last five across three competitions and in that time has scored a remarkable 15 times.
The Arsenal league result means that City requires just five more wins to be crowned Premier League winners for the third time in their history, and Guardiola said: “We have to win five games. We don’t think too much. Now we play Chelsea. Hopefully, we have the desire to win, to be the best team in England. We forget that we are tired.”
Chelsea’s loss to Manchester United last weekend coupled with Tottenham Hotspur’s late win over Crystal Palace meant that they dropped out of the top four, though Arsenal’s shocking form means that it is highly unlikely that they will go below fifth; they are therefore in direct competition with the three teams above them for Champions League qualification.
Match Preview: Last Meetings
Antonio Conte will be disappointed with how his side performed in the second-half at Old Trafford last week having dominated the opening 45 minutes, so it will it will be interesting to see his tactical approach at City. The Italian is likely to accept that his side will have little possession, so he may opt to play Eden Hazard as a central forward at the expense of Alvaro Morata, who has struggled in recent months, as he did against Barcelona in their 1-1 draw.
Tipbet has this and all Premier League matches covered with a great supply of odds markets. For Sunday, City is 1.60 to continue their stunning form with another three points as they edge towards the title. The home team are also 2.35 to win with a one-goal handicap.
There is value to be found, though, for punters that predict a Chelsea win in Manchester – they are at 5.75, and 4.25 to draw.