The Premier League continues this weekend, with blockbuster fixtures between title contenders. For today’s betting tip, we’ll be focusing on the crucial clash between reigning European champions Chelsea and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea sit joint top the Premier League season through five match days. Their unbeaten start to the season continued after their triumph against Tottenham Hotspur this past weekend in an impressive 3-0 victory. Whilst Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have already become immediate title contenders in 2021, they’ll welcome Manchester City who have had a very good start themselves.
Chelsea do not have many injuries to worry about for the visit of Manchester City on Saturday. Kepa Arrizabalaga may retain his place in goal but Edouard Mendy has a 50% chance of featuring after injuring his groin in the Champions League. Christian Pulisic is touch-and-go could potentially return after an ankle problem.
Similar to Chelsea, Manchester City has started the season in formidable form and look to be title contenders. However, last time out they could only battle to a draw with Southampton. They could have been defeated but VAR overturned a Kyle Walker penalty. Before the Southampton fixture, Manchester City were three wins on the bounce, and a win against Chelsea would make them level on points with the London side.
Manchester City’s injury list is looking lengthy ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off on Saturday. Central defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte weren’t fit enough to make the bench on Saturday so Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias will likely remain. Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Rodri all have knocks and have a 25-50% chance of playing.
Chelsea are entering this fixture on an impressive run of form under Thomas Tuchel. In addition, The Blues have a fantastic recent record against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Chelsea have beaten City in four of the last five encounters - including a victory in the Champions League final courtesy of Kai Havertz
Similarly, Manchester City have been questionable defensively against Chelsea. The blue side of Manchester has failed to keep a clean sheet in the last six encounters against their North London counterparts. Though, City are a formidable opponent against any team - good record or not. This game should be close, similarly to the Champions League final, and it may play out as a draw.
Despite Chelsea’s stellar record, these two sides are likely to play an extremely tight fixture. They both hold impressive defensive records (a combined two goals conceded), so we suggest that this game will finish a draw between the two favourites to lift the Premier League.
We’re predicting Chelsea and Manchester City to draw at 9/4 with Bet365.