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Craig Porter 14th Mar 2009 - 14:14

City to struggle at Stamford Bridge

The first live Premier League match on Sunday sees Manchester City take their poor away form to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.

Man City have won just one game away from home in the Premier League this season and, especially following Liverpool's victory over Manchester United, Chelsea cannot afford to give them their second.

The betting certainly suggests a City win to be unlikely, indeed it would be the first at the Bridge since the 92/93 season.

Odds of 8/1 for them to win the match are too long for even the most optimistic Citizen. The 2/5 about Chelsea winning are restrictively short for many budgets but there's something tempting about the 16/5 for the game to end in a draw.

City's five draws this season have been in away games. They've recently managed a draw against Liverpool at Anfield and will be boosted by their 2-0 defeat of Aston Villa and solid performances in Europe in the last couple of weeks. The price of 16/5 represents value.

To claim a point Mark Hughes' side must be tight in defence. Chelsea have scored 17 goals in their last six Premier League games against Sunday's opponents, a statistic slightly skewed by a 6-0 scoreline in 2007 but emphatic nevertheless.

The danger man would seem to be Didier Drogba, having scored five goals in five starts against City.

He can be backed at Evens to score tomorrow, 4/1 to score the first goal, but with just two Premier League goals in 16 appearances it might be more prosperous to back team-mate and leading Premier League goalscorer (15 from 27) Nicolas Anelka at the same prices.

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