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Manchester City v Chelsea: Tips, predictions & odds

Manchester City and Chelsea laid on a 4-4 thriller when they met at Stamford Bridge but will there be similar thrills and spills in the return fixture at the Etihad?

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Manchester City v Chelsea betting tips and predictions

Manchester City win and Both Teams To Score @ 8/5

Manchester City made it 11 straight wins with a routine 3-1 success at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday night and can chalk up the dozen by taking care of Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

City, after one or two lows, are firing on all cylinders once again and with Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland back and in red-hot nick; the other title challengers know Pep Guardiola’s powerhouses are going to take some stopping.

Chelsea, however, have partially stopped City once this season, holding the champions to a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in November when Etihad old boys Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer upstaged Haaland in a dazzling contest.

However, not for the first time this season, if that was supposed to initiate an upturn in Chelsea fortunes it simply didn’t happen.

Next time out the Blues were battered 4-1 at Newcastle, accused by frustrated head coach Mauricio Pochettino of a no-show, with those two back-to-back outings pretty much summing up their season.

There simply is no consistency to this Chelsea side and this month has been an example of that ongoing problems.

Two weeks ago they were being scoffed at from all corners following a dismal 4-2 home reverse by Wolves, before they then provided an against-the-odds 3-1 win at Aston Villa in the FA Cup, a victory that was richly deserved. 

The Blues then pulled off another 3-1 success at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, but only after a real struggle of a first half that saw them trail 1-0 at the break.

Finding the net is not the issue for Chelsea who have scored in all but two of their last 18 top-flight matches. On the flip side, they have managed just five clean sheets so far, all against bottom-half outfits.

The evidence of the 4-4 draw - and everything we have seen from both teams - is that this is a match destined to be full of goals. City certainly can’t afford to back off and Chelsea are a threat, hence the City win and both teams to score suggestion for a bet.

Cole Palmer Over 0.5 shots on target @ 1/1

Chelsea probably didn’t know it at the time, but they struck gold when City bit-parter Cole Palmer headed for Stamford Bridge in the summer.

There were no early headlines because Palmer’s first three matches - all off the bench - saw Chelsea fail to score in each of them.

He finally got a start in a League Cup tie at home to Brighton, set up Nicolas Jackson for the only goal of the game and hasn’t looked back. Indeed, not only that but he has actually gone from strength to strength.

With 10 goals, six assists and averaging 2.4 shots per game - the most of any Chelsea player - Palmer has arrived as a truly potent, high-class talent.

His clever work on the right side alongside Malo Gusto is turning into one of Chelsea’s success stories of the campaign.

It’s his composure, his ability to time his runs, his eye for goal and the fact that he is also on penalty-taking duties which makes the 1/1 he has over 0.5 shots on target look a really good price.

Over 10.5 corners @ 1/1

Fifty-eight percent of City matches produce over 10.5 corners so take the 1/1 they and Chelsea combine for at least 11 at the Etihad.

That might seem a big number but the pressure from City is relentless and averaging 7.2 corners per home game, the potential for a big number is always there.

Chelsea, when they get chances, will attack down the flanks and on their last two away days amassed six corners at Aston Villa and seven at Crystal Palace.

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Manchester City v Chelsea odds

Manchester City - 1/3
Draw - 9/2
Chelsea - 7/1

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