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Chelsea v Man City Betting Preview

SkySports1 Saturday 16th April / 5.30pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Draw1X25/2BetVictor
YesBoth Teams To Score4/6BetVictor, Bet365
Over 2.5Total Goals21/20Unibet
1-1Correct Score6/1BetVictor
2-2Correct Score14/1William Hill
Diego Costa (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Paddy Power
Kevin De Bruyne (ew)First Goalscorer8/1Paddy Power

City travel to Stamford Bridge buzzing after securing a Champions League semi final spot, but those midweek exertions against PSG might take their toll here.

Bookmakers think that it is too close to call – Ladbrokes are offering both sides at 7/4, with the draw available at best odds of 5/2 with BetVictor.

However, Betfair are offering new customers Chelsea at 7/1 and City at 10/1 here.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the reverse fixture 3-0 in August, but a weakened side lost here 5-1 in the FA Cup in February. More relevant is the fact that City have won just one of their last 17 league games here (L11, D5).

Both league games between these sides finished 1-1 last season, and given that Chelsea have drawn six of their seven league home games since Guus Hiddink’s return, another draw looks the best value.

Both teams have scored in 6 of their last 7 meetings here (all competitions), and so we also suggest that you back that at best price 4/6 with Bet365 or BetVictor.

Indeed, there are no two teams with a higher percentage of their league games being Over 2.5 Goal affairs this season (Chelsea 63%, City 66%), and so we advise backing that at 21/20 with Unibet (odds-on elsewhere), plus a saver on 1-1 at 6/1.

As we fancy a draw and expect goals, odds of 14/1 offered by William Hill on 2-2 also appeal – especially as 3 of Chelsea’s last 7 home games have finished 2-2.

Finally, Diego Costa will be fresh after completing his three-match suspension and appeals at 5/1 with Paddy Power to score first, while former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne, scorer in both games against PSG, is 8/1 with Paddy Power.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Draw1X25/2BetVictor
YesBoth Teams To Score4/6BetVictor, Bet365
Over 2.5Total Goals21/20Unibet
1-1Correct Score6/1BetVictor
2-2Correct Score14/1William Hill
Diego Costa (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Paddy Power
Kevin De Bruyne (ew)First Goalscorer8/1Paddy Power