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Thursday's Sport: Blues and City start to get familiar

Thursday witnesses the end of a thrilling week of Premier League action as Chelsea host Manchester City.

Meanwhile, golf fans will welcome the return of the PGA Tour as a fine field assembles in Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, while a busy day of cricket is headlined by India’s second T20I against Sri Lanka.

Premier League: Chelsea v Manchester City: Part one

WhatChelsea v Manchester City
WhereStamford Bridge, London
When20:00, Thursday 5th January
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Premier League
OddsChelsea 17/4, Draw 3/1, Manchester City 8/13

Chelsea and Manchester City are familiar foes and are set to meet twice in quick succession. They take on each other in the FA Cup on Sunday but before that, they face off in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

Just one win in seven league matches has cast doubt over Graham Potter's suitability to being Chelsea manager and this double-header does not make things any easier.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day, the same scoreline that City drew against Everton the previous day.

However, the Citizens have already beaten Chelsea 2-0 this season in the EFL Cup and have the sensational Erling Haaland to call upon.

The Norwegian took his Premier League tally for 2022/23 to 21 goals on Saturday but it might be a teammate who has the biggest say.

Kevin De Bruyne has provided a league-high nine assists this term and seems to raise his game against his former club.

The Belgian has scored in four of the last five league meetings and is 3/1 in the Anytime Goalscorers market, as his team aim to cut the gap between themselves and Arsenal in the standings to five points.

PGA Tour: Kapalua calling

WhatSentry Tournament of Champions
WhereKapalua Plantation Course, Maui, Hawaii
WhenThursday 5th January - Sunday 8th January
How to watchSky Sports Golf and bet365’s Live Golf Tracker
OddsJon Rahm 13/2, Scottie Scheffler 17/2, Xander Schauffele 10/1, Patrick Cantlay 10/1, Justin Thomas 11/1

The opening event of the year on the PGA Tour is always the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Hawaii's fabulously picturesque Kapalua Plantation Course.

A competition reserved only for the players that won on the PGA Tour in the previous calendar year, it attracts a stellar field, with seven of the world's top 10 heading to Hawaii.

Reigning champion Cameron Smith will not be around to defend his title after his record-breaking win 12 months ago when he reached 34-under-par to beat Jon Rahm by a stroke.

Rahm, who also finished second in 2018, leads the betting as of writing, with two-time champion Justin Thomas also among those set to feature alongside the likes of Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

International cricket: India look to seal Sri Lanka series

What:India v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I
Where:Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India 
When:13:30, Thursday 5th December
Odds:India 1/3, Sri Lanka 12/5

Finally to the second of three T20Is between India and Sri Lanka at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

India won Tuesday's opener in Mumbai by two runs, with Shivam Mavi taking 4-22 and Sri Lanka imploding as they lost their two final wickets via run outs.

It was by no means straightforward, though, with India’s number six and seven, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, two of their three highest scorers.

The former is 10/1 to be his Team - Top Batter in Pune, while Mavi is 5/1 to be Team - Top Bowler. 

Skipper Dasun Shanaka led the way for Sri Lanka with 45 and is 7/1 to be Team - Top Batter, as his side looks to level the series on Thursday.

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