The Premier League title battle has yet to really take shape but as big-spenders Chelsea and Manchester City will both expect to be involved in the fight for honours at the business end of the season, the pair will be desperate to avoid emerging empty-handed from their mouth-watering showdown at Stamford Bridge.
As it’s a clash between two of the top-flight’s genuine heavyweights, Stan James’s 5/2 posted against the stalemate is sure to attract market support, alongside BetVictor’s 13/2 about it finishing one-each.
However, Jose Mourinho’s charges enjoy home advantage and have had the upper hand in recent renewals of this fixture, losing just once on their own patch to City in the last couple of decades. Moreover, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had failed to convince on the road before last weekend’s 3-1 triumph at West Ham and on that basis the Blues get the nod at 7/5 via William Hill.
Nevertheless, a tight affair appears inevitable and Ladbrokes’s 13/4 for Chelsea to edge it by one isn’t without appeal while in a match that’s odds-on at 8/11 (Winner.com) to produce three or more goals, a 2-1 home success catches the eye at 9/1 courtesy of bet365.
In attack, the amount of quality on display makes the first scorer market something of a minefield but Oscar and Eden Hazard have both been amongst the goals for the Blues recently and could be worth a modest flutter at 7/2 (Paddy Power) and 5/1 (bet365) respectively to notch at any stage.