Following their surprising 4-1 away win over Tottenham Hotspur in the previous Premier League round, Chelsea are now set to host league-leaders Manchester City on Sunday, November 12. The kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 4:30 pm local time.
The Blues will want to continue their string of positive results against the top clubs after the win over Spurs and the draw with Arsenal. However, Pep Guardiola’s team may prove a tough nut to crack as they are currently in great form. We will expand on this point further in our Chelsea vs Manchester City tips.
Both teams to score? Yes
Chelsea will be approaching the match against Man City full of confidence after managing to defeat the previous league-leaders Spurs on Monday. Yes, a case can be made that the Blues were helped by the two red cards Tottenham were shown, but a win is still a win.
Nevertheless, we still do not believe that self-belief is enough to necessarily beat the Citizens, but it may be enough to score a goal. Especially when we consider that Manchester City have conceded in four out of their last five Premier League matches. They couldn’t even keep a clean sheet at home against Bournemouth.
At the same time, we expect Man City to score too because Chelsea do not have the most secure defence, with 12 conceded goals in 11 league matches to date. Bet365 offer 1.80 odds on both teams scoring at Stamford Bridge.
Erling Haaland to score anytime
And speaking about scoring goals, is there a better candidate to do so than Erling Haaland? The Norway international is currently the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 11 strikes in 11 appearances.
However, he surprisingly did not score in Man City’s 6-1 demolition of Bournemouth last weekend as he only played 45 minutes. But Erling showed that his scoring ability did not go anywhere as he netted a brace against Young Boys mid-week in the UEFA Champions League.
Haaland is sometimes criticised for not showing up for the big games. At least against Chelsea, this seems to be true, as he failed to score in his two matches against the Blues last term. But his recent form speaks in his favour, and Bet365’s odds on Erling Haaland scoring anytime on Sunday stand at 1.83.
Over 5.5 cards
Goals are not the only thing we expect in our Chelsea vs Manchester City tips, we also expect a lot of bookings. Bet365 gives 1.83 odds on over 5.5 cards on Sunday, which we see as feasible.
With the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, the Blues have become more daring in their pressing. They are yet to find the right structure and balance, though, which leads to the players committing fouls in order to disrupt the opposition. This approach has brought Chelsea 33 yellow cards in 11 matches to date, including four in the previous match against Spurs.
Manchester City, too, are no strangers to getting booked if the situation requires it. The Citizens typically receive around two cards per game in the 2023/24 Premier League, but that number goes up against teams that press City instead of parking the bus. Pochettino’s team will certainly push back, and this should result in a large number of fouls.
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