Manchester City will be stepping out at the Etihad on Sunday evening with a big challenge in front of them. It is Chelsea who come for a visit in this Premier League clash and the Blues have the honour of being the first side in the top flight to have inflicted a defeat on the Citizens this season.
That happened back in early December which sparked three defeats in four games for Man City. The odds on Man City to beat Chelsea in this reverse fixture is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Man City 4/9
* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Back when Manchester City lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this season, they went on to lose two of their following three league games. It was a run that saw them concede top spot to Liverpool in the title race. However, Manchester City returned to the top of the pile for the first time since December as they collected a midweek win at Everton.
That has left the Citizens with back to back league victories recorded following what was their fourth reverse of the season, a shock away defeat at Newcastle at the end of January. But with those back to back victories over Arsenal and then Everton, City appear to be back in the groove and really can’t be faulted with six wins in their last seven top-flight games.
It is the home form of Manchester City which is key. They have been fantastic at the Etihad once again this season having won all but one of their thirteen Premier League games there this season (L1). Manchester City set the bar so high last season that it was unlikely that they were going to live up to that, but still, they boast the best home record in this season’s top flight.
City are on a three-match winnings streak at home since their one and only slip at the Etihad this season, which was a 3-2 reverse against Crystal Palace just before Christmas. City have averaged 3.3 goals per home games this season and in each and every home fixture played, they have scored at least two goals in this season. 62% of all of Manchester City’s home games this season have ended up over 3.5 goals.
Manchester City earned a 1-0 home win in this corresponding fixture last season. Home and away they have won three of their last four games against Chelsea and each of those were with a clean sheet. Actually, both teams have scored in just two of the last seven clashes between the two clubs in all competitions.
Chelsea also have a lot at stake here as they are in a tight battle with Manchester United and Arsenal to try and lock down fourth spot. The Blues have had their woes away from Stamford Bridge recently though which has to be of concern for them. Chelsea have lost their last two games on the road, those defeats coming against Arsenal and then Bournemouth. Across those two defeats, Chelsea conceded six goals and failed to net.
Even though Chelsea pounded out a 5-0 home win over bottom side Huddersfield last weekend, they have failed to score in three of their last five games. It’s also worth a look at their away from against the better sides this season. From their five away games played this season against sides currently in the top half of table, Chelsea have taken just a W1 L4 record from those five such games.
Manchester City have to have the bit between their teeth. They haven’t found Chelsea a comfortable opponent to go up against in recent times, but the incentive is there for them. There has been a bit of momentum shift back their way in the title race without question, in 2019. This is a big game in which to prove themselves. The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea to nil are at 13/8* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Manchester City dropped some big points out on the road at Newcastle in midweek. They went to St James’ Park as favourites to collect the win over the Mpagies and they looked to be well on course to do just that as they scored within the first minute. But then defensive errors in the second half of the game saw it all fall apart for the Citizens.
They now have to lift themselves for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday. The odds on Manchester City to beat Arsenal by a two-goal margin in the game is at 10/3* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 31st, 2019 at 5:10 pm).
Manchester City 2/7
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 31st, 2019 at 5:10 pm).
The Citizens need to pick up some points back at home soil on the weekend in this big showdown. Manchester City suffered a shock away loss at Newcastle on Tuesday night which handed further advantage to Liverpool in the race for the title. However, the Reds themselves failed to win their game the following day, only managing a draw against Leicester, which means that City are facing a five-point deficit and not the seven it could have been.
So that was a bit of a let off for the Citizens but they will know that they can ill afford any more slip-ups. The odds on Manchester City to beat Arsenal are at 2/7 for Sunday’s game* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 31st, 2019 at 5:10 pm). Boss Pep Guardiola obviously is not going to be a happy camper at the moment and you can only imagine that he has been working tirelessly across the course of the week to get his players back focused and fired up to go out and thump Arsenal.
Manchester City need to get a bit of fire in their belly in order to stand up for themselves in this tough game. They are facing a side who carry a good attacking threat because Arsenal have averaged two goals per game on their top-flight travels this season. Manchester City have though do have a fantastic home record this season having posted a W11 L1 record in their twelve fixtures so far. Crystal Palace were the ones who pulled off the shock win at the Etihad just back in December.
Otherwise, they generally look unstoppable and Manchester City have produced themselves at least two goals in every home game played this term. The Citizens have won their last two home games, one of them that massively important duel against leaders Liverpool. They rarely fail to make a huge impression going forward really, but they just had one of those off nights against Newcastle where they lacked a little cutting edge. Back at home against a relatively flimsy Arsenal defence, you would expect them to be a little more productive.
So it has been a home win for the Citizens in all but one home game. 58% of their home games have ended up going over 3.5 goals. There have been defensive mistakes from them and they have conceded at under a goal per game on average. They have averaged 3.3 goals per home game this season. Guardiola’s troops have had their struggles at the back as they have only managed the two clean sheets in their last eleven fixtures (home and away combined). So that really has been their Achilles heel a bit.
Manchester City have been leading at the half time break in nine of their twelve home games this season as well (D2 L1). Each of their last eight Premier League fixtures at the Etihad have ended over 2.5 goals. Manchester City have not conceded a goal in either the first fifteen minutes of the final fifteen minutes of a home match this season in the top flight. They do have the best home record of all teams this season in the Premier League and they are also the top scorers. Liverpool are the only side to have produced a better defensive record.
The Gunners have had a great season on home soil in the Premier League, that cannot be argued at all. But they have been really shaky on their travels. Arsenal have failed to take a win in any of their last six league games away from the Emirates in the EPL, losing three of their last four (D1). Overall this season Arsenal have managed to win just four road games (D3 L4) and they have taken just one point from their three away games played against sides currently in the top six with them.
Arsenal have conceded exactly two goals per game on average away from home this season and they have not managed a single clean sheet on their travels. 82% of the away games that Arsenal have been involved in this season have ended up over 2.5 goals. Both teams have scored in 91% of their road fixtures. The Gunners have not been leading at the half time break in any away game this season.
It really isn’t about their goal output as they can challenge on that front. It is the frailties of their defence which may end up seeing them suffer another league defeat against City this season. On the opening weekend of this season’s campaign, Arsenal lost 2-0 at home games City.
Manchester City have won their last four games against Arsenal in all competitions, conceding just the one goal in that sequence. But their defence is far from watertight at the moment, so the odds on Man City to beat Arsenal & both teams to score is at 13/10* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 31st, 2019 at 5:10 pm). Each of Man City’s last four victories over the Gunners have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Chelsea of are the next ones to stand in the way of Manchester City’s title charge. The Blues have suffered a couple of setbacks in the league recently, but they were out on the road. Maurizio Sarri’s men have an unbeaten home record in the top flight this season.
Will they be able to come up with something special to be the first ones to inflict a league defeat on the reigning champions this season? Or will it simply be business as usual for the Citizens? The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea are 19/20* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm).
Man City 19/20
* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm)
The Citizens are on a three-match winning streak against Chelsea in all competitions. After taking back to back 1-0 Premier League wins over the Londoners last season, Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win at Wembley back in August against Chelsea. That was in the FA Community Shield, although Chelsea had a lot of their first team stars missing for the game.
But that is three wins on the bounce and with no goal conceded for Man City against Chelsea. So there is a little trend running there and the Citizens are at 13/5 odds to win to nil on Saturday* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm). If they can get the victory (in any fashion) it would see Pep Guardiola’s men pass another serious test on their path to a title defence.
Manchester City collected a 2-1 win at Watford in midweek which was their seventh straight win in the top flight. City have banked a clean sheet in half of their last eight league games. In total they have conceded just twice on their travels this season, helping them to a W5 D2 record away from the Etihad. Manchester City are currently on a three-match winning streak away from home.
While their scoring away from home hasn’t been anywhere near as prolific as their home scoring form, they have still averaged over two goals per game away from home. They have the quality and the scoring touch to overpower most sides. They have also proven again this season they can visit the home of other top sides in the country and produce the results. Their biggest away game this season saw them play something of a conservative and containing game at Anfield against Liverpool.
Liverpool’s high-energy, high-pressing game hurt City badly last season, but they learned from it and did a much better job this time around against them. They have also been to Spurs and Arsenal this season already and beat both North London clubs to nil. So this will complete all of their away games against the current top five this season, meaning that they have a huge advantage in having to face all their main rivals back at home later in the season.
There has been a strange trend in recent seasons between Manchester City and Chelsea. The result in the first meeting of a given season between the two clubs has been repeated in the second meeting for that season.
Chelsea won both league meetings in 2013/14
They draw both games in 2014/15
Man City won both league games in 2015/16
Chelsea won both league games in 2016/17
Man City won both league games in 2017/18
So looking back at the recent meetings, Chelsea are just W1 D1 L2 in their last four Premier League home games against Manchester City. So it isn’t a ground where the Citizens have feared to tread in recent times.
Before their first league defeat of the season, which happened at Wembley against London rivals Spurs, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was becoming increasingly concerned. He was concerned about how slowly his team was starting matches, not playing as well early on in fixtures as they had been at the start of the season. He could see the standards starting to slip.
They got beaten badly by Tottenham in that game and after reviving themselves on home soil against bottom side Fulham in a West London derby, they had a shock defeat at Wolves in midweek. Chelsea were leading 1-0 at half time, but then just collapsed as Wolves tore into them in the second half of the fixture and Chelsea lost 2-1. It was a result which Sarri was totally befuddled by.
Manchester City have proven this season that they can deliver against the best in the country. It hasn’t been the same for Chelsea who have struggled for wins against the top sides. So it does look as if it has to be an advantage for the Citizens. The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea are 19/20 and it looks to be some decent value on the away side* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm).
Manchester City v Manchester United Preview – November 11th, 2018 – 4.30 pm
The first Manchester derby of the new Premier League season will kick off at 4.30 pm on Sunday, November 11th. While the old rivalry between the two clubs will be ramped up again, there is a big three points on offer.
The Citizens will be looking to consolidate their spot at the top of the table, while Manchester United need maximum points to try and haul themselves a bit closer to the top four.
Man City 2/5
Man Utd 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.)
So can the Red Devils pull off a shock win at the Etihad? Well even though they haven’t been at their best this season, there have been some clear signs of resilience about them recently. In four of their last five league games, they have conceded the opening goal of a game. But they have managed to show character and togetherness to fight back to a W3 D1 record in their last four league outings. They seem to only be raising their game when their backs are against the wall and that’s usually in the second half of games.
They did it again in midweek as they looked to be on course for a defeat out at Juventus in the Champions League. But somehow they came up with two late goals from two free kicks to pull out a shock win. That pretty much sums them up. They aren’t playing great, they don’t really have anyone producing stand-out performances, but they are finding ways to get themselves back into games and get results. It is that grit which they will need an abundance of at the Etihad on the weekend.
You only have to look back at last season’s corresponding fixture to see what United are capable of. They produced a 3-2 win which was totally against the odds. That was after having been trailing 2-0 at the halftime break as well. They were heavily outclassed in the game, could barely get their foot on the ball but still produced the three points out of nowhere. Both teams to score is at 4/6 odds for this weekend’s top clash* (Betting Odds were taken from November 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.). If they were to pull off a repeat win they would cut the gap to City to six points.
The Red Devils are actually W2 D1 in their last three trips to the Etihad in the Premier League. That is in spite of the power that Manchester City have been showing in the league the last few seasons. The Red Devils seem to find a way to rise to the occasion. Things are even between the two over the last six league meetings with two wins each and two drawn fixtures. So the Red Devils have given as good as they have gotten really.
The problem with them is that they have been conceding a lot of goals and do only have the one clean sheet this season in the league. But they have come up with at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League fixtures. They do have an injury doubt over Romelu Lukaku but they have managed without him fine in their last two league games. Anthony Martial has been in good scoring form and he is at 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from November 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.).
Will Manchester United be the ones to defy all of the odds and be the first to beat Manchester City this season? Yes, the Red Devils are facing a formidable side, but look at last season when City posted a W16 D2 L1 record at home in the Premier League. Who were the only visitors to win at the Etihad? Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. They have to defy massive 8/1 odds-against* (Betting Odds were taken from November 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.) to do it.
We have to wait until Monday evening to get our betting teeth into the big Premier League clash of the weekend. Manchester City head south to take on Tottenham at Wembley with both sides carrying some strong form into the match. Still, it is the Citizens who are the favourites to take the three points on offer. The odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham are 3/4 with bet365* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
Manchester City 3/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
No-one has gotten the better of Manchester City this season and then they have been out on the road to two of the other top four sides already. They took a 2-0 win at Arsenal at the start of the season before playing out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in a cagey battle in their last away game. So based on those performances they should be a good value option to avoid defeat at the very least.
Can they go all the way and deliver the win to back up those odds of 3/4 on Manchester City to beat Tottenham?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). The Citizens have gone W2 D2 in their away games this season and they have only conceded the one goal on their travels. With a run of five straight clean sheets in the top flight, they are probably going to be very difficult for Spurs to break down.
Manchester City to win to nil is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). They have the scoring power of course and Pep Guardiola’s men have scored at least 2 goals in all but one of their last six league games in the top flight. Last weekend Manchester City went out and beat Burnley 5-0. That was the third time this season that they have had produced at least five goals in a Premier League fixture.
Sergio Aguero has opened the scoring in two of their last four fixtures, scoring in three of their last four. So he has come from behind him and he is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm) for the clash at Wembley. Manchester City took a 3-1 win at Spurs last season which was after thumping the Lilywhites 4-1 at the Etihad. That leaves the Citizens on a three-match winning streak against Spurs in the top flight.
Spurs though are carrying a four-match winning streak into his fixture and they have gone undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the top flight. So why are they 15/4 underdogs?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). Their current form really has to be taken into context. In this four-match winning streak, they have been Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham.
Those are all sides currently 14th or lower in the current table. Going back to their home form they have just the one clean sheet under their belt and Liverpool did get the better of them at Wembley back in the middle of September. Spurs have produced five goals at home this season in their there games, with three of these in their home opener against Fulham, who have the worst defensive record in this season’s top flight.
Harry Kane has only the one home goal this season and while he has three goals in their last six league games, two of those were from the penalty spot. So he’s not in the sharpest of scoring form, certainly not when it is stacked up against that of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Spurs have lost both matches this season so far against sides currently in the top seven, both 2-1 reverses against Liverpool and Watford.
There are vulnerabilities there for Spurs which were shown midweek in their 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, a game which Tottenham really needed to win. Manchester City have the form and the scoring power to out-punch the Lilywhites and the odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham at 3/4 odds looks good value* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm).
The heavyweight showdown of the Premier League weekend comes from Anfield on Sunday evening as the top-two in the league clash. Liverpool and Manchester City have been setting the pace with both having put 19 points on the board.
Both are defending their unbeaten records in this massive clash. It is going to be the perfect chance for one of these to stamp a bit of authority on proceedings at the top of the table. For Manchester City, it would a massive three away points.
Man City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
There are matches which just have that six-pointer feel about them. This is one of those. Certainly three points gained for Manchester City at the home of their main title rival would be three points taken from Liverpool. It would give the Citizens a positive advantage and it would see them make a pretty strong, bold statement that they are still the ones to beat in the top flight.
Because of the upcoming international break then this does appear to be a good time for Manchester City to be going into a tough game out on the road. It means that they don’t have to try and conserve anything or worry about a forthcoming fixture. They can go to Anfield and leave everything out there and that should make them dangerous. The odds on Manchester City to win are at 15/8 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 5th, 2018 at 1:35 pm).
It’s fair to say that Liverpool haven’t quite been on top of their game lately. They were unbeaten until they met Chelsea in the EFL and then they only picked up a point in a draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League a few days later against the Blues. Then the Reds slipped to a 1-0 loss in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli so that’s a run of there without a win for the Reds now.
So this could be a great time for City to strike and win that battle for dominance at the top of the table. As expected the Citizens have again been pretty potent in front of goal and with Liverpool’s front line, including Mo Salah misfiring a bit, City would have the edge.
Pep Guardiola’s men are on a four-match winning streak in the Premier League and each of their last three wins have been with a clean sheet so they have been stepping it up at the back. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of their top-flight fixtures this season as well. Generally, these top of the table clashes fail to get going but we are looking at over 2.5 goals which is at 3/5 odds* (betting odds taken from October 5th, 2018 at 1:35 pm).
City strong on the road and they have won eight of their last nine league games away from the Etihad. That’s some imperious stuff from them. They have netted at least two goals in all but one of their last seven games and they have been winning at both half time and full time in seven of their last nine away matches. This would be the perfect occasion on which to improve that already-strong away from.
Liverpool look a bit jaded and more conservative than we have seen them for a while. They aren’t a full confidence and Manchester City have the tools and guile to go and cause an upset at Anfield by sweeping up all three points. They will be out for some revenge after some harrowing defeats at the hands of the Reds.