By William Hill
Last Updated: 22nd November 2019
Currently sat fourth in the Premier League and nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool, it’s safe to say things aren’t going to plan for Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City squad.
On Saturday they face a resurgent Chelsea outfit as they bid to close the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s men. However, the Citizens will need to get the better of third-placed Chelsea and hope Leicester, who sit second, drop points first.
Death, taxes and Aguero scoring…
He’s not getting any younger, but with a goal every 79 minutes in all competitions this season, you can still rely on Sergio Aguero to be a constant danger in attack and he will be keen to add to his 13-goal haul – especially as the former Atletico Madrid striker is closing in on the top five in the all-time Premier League goalscorer charts, sitting just two behind Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who has 175.
Aguero’s goals-to-game ratio is second to none, having netted his 173 goals in just 250 games, and it’s safe to say he loves playing against Chelsea, having scored 15 goals in 19 games against them.
Two of them came when he was plying his trade in Spain for Atletico, but it’s a record only matched by his strike rate against Newcastle, and on paper the 14/5 on him available to score first looks tempting.
However, the 31-year-old has only struck the first goal of the game on two occasions in the Premier League this season despite netting nine times, so the 4/6 available on him to score anytime looks a much safer play.
Abraham can land first blow
Those looking for a bit more value in the goalscorer markets could do worse than to look at backing Tammy Abraham to score the opening goal as he continues to thrive under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The England international has already scored 10 in the league this season – a record bettered by only Jamie Vardy – after being thrust into proceedings by his manager and that includes two in his previous two league games against Crystal Palace and Watford.
Half of those goals have also broken the deadlock so the 11/2 for him to strike the opener looks tempting for a Chelsea side who love playing away. Those preferring the safer option can back him anytime at 7/5.
Expect goals galore at the Etihad
A trip to the Etihad Stadium is one of the most daunting prospects on the fixture calendar, with City 42/100 favourites for the win, but Chelsea manager Lampard has his squad playing with so much freedom that it’s City who could be worried.
The Blues have won their previous five Premier League games away from Stamford Bridge and although they haven’t played a team as good as City, they have netted 18 goals in just five matches.
Unsurprisingly, the Citizens don’t struggle for goals either, especially in front of their own fans. They have scored 19 at home – two more than Liverpool – and have the highest goals-per-game average in the league.
An average of four goals are scored per game in clashes involving the Manchester side and with Chelsea games amassing an average of 3.67, the Evens available on over 3.5 goals looks tempting.