It’s a cliché that you can’t win the title in September but you can lose it and there will undoubtedly be plenty of pundits writing off champions Manchester City’s chances of retaining their crown should they fall eight points off the pace by losing to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
However, assisted by their home advantage, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops are considered 11/8 favourites by Stan James to close the gap on their rivals to just two points while the Blues are 21/10 with BetVictor to register a success that would be crucial even at this early stage of the campaign.
Inevitably, a collision of such heavyweights will generate interest in the stalemate, available here at 5/2 via bet365 and in a contest that should see both teams find the net (8/13, Winner.com), a case can be made for a score draw at 7/2 courtesy of BetVictor.
More precisely, Paddy Power go 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline, although it might be worth a more speculative flutter on it finishing two-each at 14/1 (William Hill) given that Chelsea’s four matches have produced a whopping 21 goals.
That statistic lends appeal to betway’s 4/5 for the teams to come up with at least three goals between them at Eastlands, where Ladbrokes rate Diego Costa at 13/8 to continue his blistering start to life with the Blues by notching at any stage. Alternatively, City front man Sergio Aguero is 29/20 (BetVictor).