Manchester City has revenge on its mind as it heads to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Saturday in an English Premier League showdown. The Citizens (3-1-1) won the Premier League title last season and had hopes of a haul of silverware, but the Blues (4-1-0) beat them three times in a six-week span. That cost Man City a shot at two trophies, with Chelsea taking the European title with a 1-0 win in the UEFA Champions League final in May and knocking the Citizens out of the FA Cup with a semifinal win by the same score in April. Both teams boast talent at every level, but the dangerous attackers could find trouble cracking the Premier League's top two defenses. Each has allowed just one goal in the first five matches.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 a.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Man City as the slight +165 favorite (risk $100 to win $165), while Chelsea is the +170 underdog in the latest Chelsea vs. Manchester City odds. A draw is priced at +230, and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in any Manchester City vs. Chelsea picks, make sure you check out the English Premier League predictions from esteemed European soccer insider Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have hauled in stunning profits. Green has generated well over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.
Now, Green has taken a close look at Chelsea vs. Manchester City from every possible angle. You can visit SportsLine now to see his expert EPL picks and predictions. Here are several EPL odds and betting lines for Manchester City vs. Chelsea:
- Chelsea vs. Manchester City spread: Man City -0.5
- Chelsea vs. Manchester City over-under: 2.5 goals
- Chelsea vs. Manchester City money line: Chelsea +170, Man City +165, Draw +230
- CHEL: Chelsea's only goal conceded was a penalty in first-half added time vs. Liverpool
- MC: Just one of its 11 goals, and the only one allowed, came on the road
Why you should back Manchester City
The Citizens are 5-0-3 against Chelsea in the past five league meetings, and they were the league's best team on both ends last season. They put up a whopping 83 goals while yielding just 32 in the 38 matches. They finished a comfortable 12 points ahead of Manchester United to win the title. They have a plus-10 goal differential through five matches and will come in highly motivated for this critical match, especially after a lackluster 0-0 draw with Southampton last weekend. Man City put up an emphatic 6-1 win against Wycombe in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Riyad Mahrez scored twice in that match, and Ferran Torres, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden also got on the board. De Bruyne is the engine of the machine, and he also has Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus at his disposal. Torres has two goals in league play, and eight others have scored one, so they have the talent to spread the field. Manchester City leads the Premier League in possession at 67.8 and has put up 99 shots in five matches to rank second.
Why you should back Chelsea
The Blues have been tough to crack since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager and tightened up the defensive tactics in late January. Chelsea has 15 clean sheets in the 29 league matches since and has outscored opponents 12-1 this season. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy hopes to be back from injury and is protected by a fierce back line that is led by Thiago Silva and features Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen. Mendy has 16 saves and three clean sheets, and Kepa Arrizabalaga shut out Tottenham in his place in a 3-0 victory last week.
Chelsea has become known for its defense, but it has plenty of attacking talent as well. Romelu Lukaku was added to a team that already included German stars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. Lukaku has three goals in four matches after scoring 24 and adding 11 assists in Italy's Serie A with Inter Milan last year. Mason Mount, Jorginho and N'Golo Kante all play critical roles in midfield, with Mount creating the second-most shots in the EPL in 2020-21.
How to make EPL picks for Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Green has analyzed Saturday's Manchester City vs. Chelsea match from every angle, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also has revealed two confident best bets and has a complete analysis of this English Premier League match. He's only sharing his Manchester City vs. Chelsea picks at SportsLine.
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