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EPL Preview: Chelsea face City in top-of-the table clash

Fri, Sep 29, 4:54pm by Staff Writer

Chelsea has a chance of taking a share of at least second place when it hosts Manchester City in the seventh round of the Premier League this weekend.

City and home-town rival Manchester United share the EPL lead, but United is all but assured of a win over slumping Crystal Palace at home.

Defending champion Chelsea and is second on 13 points and a win at Stanford Bridge would go a long way toward getting its title defence on track.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City head into Sunday’s match on the back of impressive Champions League victories after the Blues earned a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid, while City downed Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1.

Perhaps the Blue’s biggest asset this week comes in the form of former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who now has seven goals in eight games since moving to Chelsea as a replacement for Diego Costa.

While City are William Hill’s favourite to win this weekend at $2.50, a close match is ensured with Chelsea at $2.80 with $3.30 for a draw.

Manchester United claimed a resounding mid-week 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and the prospect of hosting last placed Crystal Palace will cause little concern for Jose Mourhino’s side.

United are predictably the unbackable favourites on $1.16, with $17 for Palace and $7 for a draw.

Fourth-placed Tottenham last played a league match against Huddersfield 45 years ago, and while Spurs are favourites to win the rematch this weekend, Australian punters will be looking for another upset from the Terriers.

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield sit just two points behind Tottenham, with a loss to West Ham the newly-promoted side’s only blemish this season.

Spurs, meanwhile, are unbeaten this season and are quietly stalking toward the top of the table.

After a 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League this week, Spurs are the $1.40 favourites to take the points at Huddersfield, with the Terriers on a tempting $8 and $4.50 for a draw.

Fifth-placed Liverpool travel to Newcastle on the back of a disappointing 1-1 Champions League draw with Spartak Moskva.

But while Liverpool’s recent form has not set the world on fire, Newcastle enters the match after a 3-0 home loss to Leicester and a 5-1 away defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Reds should still manage the win at St James Park, with $1.70 on offer for a win, $5 for a loss and $3.75 for a draw.

Arsenal can grab a crucial three points to stay in touch with the lead when it faces Brighton.

The seventh-placed Gunners line up just 62 hours after their 4-2 Europa League win over BATE in Belarus, pointing to a possible lineup lacking its first-choice players.

While Brighton sits back in 13th spot, its impressive defence has conceded fewer goals than the Gunners this season.

Arsenal is the clear favourite at $1.22, with Brighton on $13, while the $6 for a draw could be the safest bet.

Suggested Bet: Take City and Chelsea to draw: $3.20

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