High rollers to meet high expectations - Betting Preveiw
A decade ago next month, Chelsea completed a double over Manchester City that saw the 8-0 aggregate score tell the whole story. Whilst the whole landscape of domestic football has changed since then, that particular golf has been completely eclipsed, and as both toil to keep up with league leaders Manchester United, this clash looks to prove pivotal to rest of their season.
A 0-0 in November will be remembered more for the Chelsea fans' reaction towards their newly-installed boss than the action on the pitch. Since then, under constant scrutiny and speculation, Rafa Benitez has maintained Chelsea's position in the league, but their form has tailed off, blowing their title contentions out of the water. Whilst some suggested he would once again bring the best out of £50m striker Fernando Torres, it hasn't quite come to fruition.
Whilst the Spanish forward has continued to disappoint, club legend Frank Lampard has reignited the form that saw him challenge the best in the world a few years ago. The England international is edging towards the club's goal record. At three behind Bobby Tambling's record, and at 66/1 to grab a hat-trick, can Frank leave the Etihad Stadium with both the record and match ball?
If Man City are to take all three points, it may well be on the coat-tails of their leading scorer in the league Sergio Aguero. Kun, having netted 13 already, has been important to City's campaign, however his 26 combined goals with Edin Dzeko hasn't stopped the pressure and speculation being heaped on boss Roberto Mancini.
City have fallen away from their rivals in the title race, and after beating QPR, Man Utd are 15 points ahead of the rest. Should City end this weekend victorious, their defence will be crucial, and having looked dodgy at times throughout the year, the low point of their season will have been the loss they suffered a fortnight ago to Southampton.
Can they bounce back here, or will Chelsea provide a performance to remember? Well, with William Hill, you can bet on over 180 pre-match and in-play markets covering goalscorers, five minute markets and much more, so stay with William Hill - the Home of Betting. Kicking off at 13:30, this game can be found on Sky Sports 1.
Match betting: Man City EVS; Draw 9/4; Cheslea 3/1
Headline Offers: Sergio Aguero to score and Man City to win 3/1; Frank Lampard to score and Chelsea to win 9/1.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 13/20
Worth a Punt: Chelsea or Draw 5/6; Man City -1 11/5.
- Manchester City have won only one of their last four Barclays Premier League matches against Chelsea.
- Chelsea won 10 of their first 12 Premier League away games against City but have lost the last three in a row.
- Only Arsenal have won as many Premier League away games at City as Chelsea (10) and City's average points per game at home to Chelsea of 0.87 is their lowest against any side in the division (minimum four games).
- Frank Lampard is aiming to score in five consecutive Premier League appearances for only the third time (did it in 2005 and 2010).
- Lampard has scored 11 goals in his 13 Premier League starts for Chelsea this season.
- Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.
- Man City have not gone four Premier League games without a win since November 2009 when they drew seven in a row, a run that led to Mark Hughes being dismissed as manager.
- Roberto Mancini has made more substitutions than any other Premier League manager this season.
- Chelsea have been awarded more penalties than any other side this season (8) while City have been awarded 14 since the start of last season, only Man Utd have been awarded more.
- 30 of Manchester City's last 33 Premier League penalties have come in home games.