Sat, Mar 19, 9:44pm by Kevin Pitstock
This match almost looks like a title eliminator, with defeat for either side making it close to impossible for them to reel in Manchester United or Arsenal. There are suddenly better vibes about Chelsea after their smooth passage into the last eight of the Champions League, plus the stutter in Manchester United’s form. Things don’t look so bright for Manchester City after their exit from the Europa League, but it does rather seem as if everyone is willing them to fail – but then you never find much love for the noveau riche anywhere across the globe.
Chelsea, then, seem in a happier position than a month ago – part of that comes from having close on a full squad to pick from, with almost everyone fit. They hope to give defender, Alex, a run out after he’s been out with a knee injury. They can also give the excellent David Luiz a run out also, a lovely position to be in. The stats are not brilliant though, three wins in their last seven games – and Stamford Bridge is no longer the imperious bastion it once was. They’ve not won back to back home Premier League games since November. They also do need to find a way to get Fernando Torres to actually score and lift what’s clearly a burden on him and the team.
MANCHESTER CITY PREVIEW
Citys week has been dominated by Mario Balotelli. While his stats are as good as anyone, his sending off against Dynamo Kiev proved fatal and he could very well be left out for this one, even though hes not suspended. City will prefer to focus on this fixture from last season where they won 4-2, counter attacking beautifully and beating a Chelsea side in their prime. It ended a run of 37 games unbeaten at home for the Champions and showed what City could be capable of achieving. However, they are in a real slump away from home, without a win in eight matches and they have not been able to string together back to back wins this year. Roberto Mancini will almost certainly set up his side to keep things tight and try and break, so in theory it should be tight.
CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY BEST BET & PREDICTION
With chess and the fear of losing, plus two Italian managers, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a draw here, with our prediction 1-1, so get on the draw at a very decent price of $3.60 with Sporting Bet.
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