Competition: Premier League
Fixture: Man City v Chelsea
Date: Sunday Aug 16, 2015
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Kick off time: 16:00 hrs BST
The first English Super Sunday sees the two teams who most will expect to be finish up one and two this season ,battle it out for early supremacy. It’s a good chance for City to build on their impressive display away at West Brom against a disrupted Chelsea side who will need to improve on their lacklustre display against Swansea.
City seem to have that drive back that saw them clinch the title 3 season ago. Yaya Tore looks sharper and more focussed and David Silva was simply maginificent in the way he controlled the game against West Brom. Aguero made an appearance from the bench and although he needs more games to get back to his best you feel that it won’t take him long.
Last week was the first time we’d seen a Chelsea side under Mourinho struggle against pace and trickery for a long time. Ivanovic was clueless against Montero and the two centre backs, Terry and Cahill did not want to run towards their own goal. Even Mourinho seems to have lost his focus and has somewhat lost the plot with this whole physio debacle.
It wasn’t just Chelsea’s defence that was lacking though and the midfield was somewhat going through the motions. Cesc Fabregas put in one of his worst ever Premier League efforts and you have to feel for WIllian who seemed to be the only one putting in the effort. Hazard looked his usual dangerous self but he certainly needs more support than he got last week if Chelsea re to retain the title.
Key Players and Team News
Raheem Sterling showed what a superb signing he could be for City and linked up well with Silva. Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabelleta are expected to return to the starting line up.
For Chelsea, Mourinho’s men will likely need to hope that Eden Hazard turns it on and doesn’t call for the medical staff. Thibaut Cortois is suspended after last week’s sending off and failed appeal, so Asmir Begovic will make his full debut.
The bookies aren’t stupid and judging by the odds, their assessment of the Man City and Chelsea’s first matches was exactly the same as mine. They also take into account that City won 14 of their 19 league matches at the Etihad last season.
City are therefore a pretty strong favourite for this match up at just over even money (2.15). There’s probably no value in that price long term however and Chelsea do have players who can produce moments of magic when needed,
So in terms of match odds, the draw looks the best value at 3.4 especially as the last two meetings have both finished in a tie. The best bet in this one though is under 2.5 goals at 1.8, with this bet having been a winner in 6 out of the last 8 meetings.
Back under 2.5 goals at 1.8 with Bet365