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Rupert Wyman 24th Sep 2010 - 16:01

Can Russian Roubles prevail or will it be a City Sheikh-up?

Manchester City are a conundrum, there is an abundance of quality in the squad but they sometimes lack any sort of direction on the football field. It is easy to forget that they achieved the double over Chelsea last season but the result at Stamford Bridge could be put down to the performance from an inspirational Craig Bellamy.

Bellamy is long gone and he is now plying his trade on loan at the Championship club Cardiff City. Chelsea will be taking Manchester City very seriously. It was a fantastic campaign for Chelsea last season and they deserved to be crowned Premier League Champions but the likes of Manchester City and Inter Milan in Europe exposed their weaknesses.

Carlos Tevez is sporting a sharp new haircut and City fans will be hoping he looks just as slick on the pitch. He has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Chelsea and he will try to expose the Chelsea defence's lack of pace.

Only Ashley Cole has any breakaway speed in the back four and a rejuvenated Mikel will be asked to keep Tevez quiet.  Tevez is 7/4 to score anytime but if you fancy him and Drogba to both score anytime, you can back them at an enhanced price of 7/1 with our Match Winner offer.

Chelsea have scored goal after goal so far this season, they have beaten Blackpool 4-0 (40/1), thrashed Wigan 6-0 away (250/1) and won 6-0 against West Brom at the Bridge. I cannot see another Chelsea win of this stature but the 3-3 draw at 66/1 could be appealing.

Both teams have flair players and the strikers to score goals. Chelsea will not stay on the back foot should they score first and the game could flow from end to end. The Premier League this season has seen some high scoring affairs and both teams could put on a show for the Sky cameras, with a point shared.

The critics say that Chelsea have played five easy games in the league, they will play a City side that has been hit by injuries. Balotelli will miss the fixture due to injury and will join the ex-chelsea player and former mate of John Terry's, Wayne Bridge in the stands.

Chelsea will be without Benayoun and Kalou but the bigger worry for the fans is the missing Frank Lampard. The Chelsea lynchpin has yet to play for Chelsea since his groin operation and may not be ready.

Manchester City are 12/5 to win at home, the draw is 11/5 and Chelsea 6/5. There should be many takers at 6/5 because of Chelsea's impressive start to the season.

The media are bored of the 'Team Terry and Team Bridge' saga, both players have moved on and Bridge seems to spends too much time warming the bench or in conversation with the club physio of late than playing football.

We are all far more interested in looking at this as the battle of the 'Money Bags'. Both teams have invested heavily in the past with City still looking around with an open cheque book. Mancini is a man under pressure who faces his Italian compatriot Ancelotti, who is a seasoned manager.

With our 'Money Bags Special', William Hill offer you the opportunity to back the value of the first goalscorer. Chelsea will be settled from the start and I fancy Malouda, a bargain purchase at £13 million to score first (£10m-£14.99M, 11/4) and continue his sensational start to the season.



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