Manchester City and Chelsea face off at the Etihad Stadium both aiming to maintain their forlorn hopes of title glory as and Manchester United’s lead at the top means it’s a must win game for chasing pair.
The hosts at evens via Ladbrokes, are considered favourites while the Blues head north as bet365′s 10/3 outsiders and it’s 13/5 (Betfred) to finish all square, a wager that will prove popular given the relatively unconvincing league form of both teams.
However, while City are winless in three in the Premier League, they looked convincing in brushing aside Leeds on their own patch in the FA Cup and their home form is generally outstanding so they should have the edge in this one, especially as Chelsea were involved in a tough old Europa League scrap on Thursday.
Blue Square rate Roberto Mancini’s men at 3/1 to prevail by a one-goal margin and in a match that looks certain to generate three or more goals (8/11, Stan James), a case can be made for BetVictor’s 17/2 marked against a 2-1 home win.
Alternatively, Bwin price them at 17/4 to shake off the Blues in the second period having drawn the first.
Man City to beat Chelsea by a one-goal margin – 3/1 (Blue Square)