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Stuart Dalgleish 19th Mar 2011 - 15:58

Can the big-money boys start firing?

Chelsea v Man City - Sunday 16:00 live on Sky Sports 1

Chelsea (4/6) will look to leapfrog their opponents Man City (9/2, draw 5/2) in the teatime kick-off and keep their faint title hopes alive.

The Blues have given themselves a chance after winning back-to-back games, although it seems like a long time ago now since they beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

They will hope to dish out double heartache on Manchester United by beating them in the Champions League and pipping them to the title, but it could still end up being a trophy-less season for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

City of course will also be looking to get one over on their neighbours, and end their trophy drought by beating the Red Devils in the FA Cup; I somehow think though that both Chelsea and Man City will end the season empty-handed while Sir Alex Ferguson will be celebrating a double.

Perhaps part of the reason why Fergie is likely to be the manager smiling is because of Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini's failed big-money transfer window signings.

Fernando Torres (9/2 first goal) is yet to score in six appearances for his new employers, while Edin Dzeko (8/1) has only scored in three games, two of those were against League 1 side Notts County.

If you think the forward flops will turn their form around in this game then our Match Winner will really grab your attention - we give you the option to back Torres, Dzeko or David Luiz, who we've thrown in there for good measure, to score the first of the game at 3/1.

Not bad odds, Torres was rested during the week but I'm sure he'll be back in the starting line-up for this clash, bets stand on this offer though unless NONE of the three players are in the starting XI.

One player who loves playing in this fixture is Carlos Tevez (13/2), the Argentine has scored six in his last five games against Chelsea, although he is in a bad run of from currently having not struck in seven outings this season, it's no surprise that City's goal haul has decreased in this time period as they rely too much on the former Man Utd player.

Mario Balotelli (8/1) has been the epitome of a Jekyll and Hyde character this season, he's scored some sensational goals, but his discipline is shocking having got sent off twice and picked up nine bookings, Mancini is a big fan of his fellow Italian, but his patience must be waving thin now.

Balotelli really needs to start behaving; Tevez is feeling the strain of carrying the team and City can't have just one striker putting in a shift each week.

Mancini's men have a good record against Chelsea recently having won their last three against the champions, including the famous 'Bridgegate' match last season when they tore through the Blues to win 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, a repeat scoreline is a whopping 125/1.

I somehow can't see the net bulging as many times on Sunday, I'd be tempted to look at under 2.5 goals at 8/11; City have only scored more than one goal once in their last six games and haven't won away from home in eight games, while Chelsea haven't won back-to-back home games since November - it's not looking like a goal-fest in store for us.

A draw (5/2) won't suit either manager, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see this one finish level, going on my thoughts of under 2.5 goals then 13/2 on a 1-1 has to appeal.

The only winner if that happens is that man Fergie once again.



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