Manchester City is trying to build an insurmountable lead as it prepares to host Chelsea on Saturday in an English Premier League clash at Etihad Stadium. City (17-2-2) is the defending Premier League champions and is 10 points clear of Chelsea (12-7-2) in the EPL standings. It has been almost impossible to beat in recent months and has been dominant on its home ground. Manchester City pulled out a 2-1 win against Arsenal in its most recent league fixture. The Blues, meanwhile have drawn four of their last five in league play to give up ground in the title race.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 a.m. ET in Manchester, England. Caesars Sportsbook lists Man City as the -145 favorite (risk $145 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Manchester City vs. Chelsea odds, with Chelsea the +410 underdog. A draw is listed at +280 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in your Chelsea vs. Manchester City picks or make any English Premier League predictions, you need to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down Chelsea vs. Manchester City from every angle and locked in his coveted picks and EPL predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see Green's Premier League picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Manchester City vs. Chelsea:
- Man City vs. Chelsea spread: City -0.5 (-145)
- Man City vs. Chelsea over-under: 2.5 goals
- Man City vs. Chelsea money line: City -145, Chelsea +410, Draw +280
- MC: Ederson allows 0.65 goals per game to lead the Premier League
- CHL: Kepa Arrizabalaga has 43 clean sheets in 115 starts with the team
Why you should back Manchester City
City's depth has been a major part of its success, and 12 players have at least two goals. Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling lead the way with seven, while midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (five goals) and Gabriel Jesus (seven assists) are excellent at setting them up. Riyad Mahrez (six goals) will miss Saturday's clash while he's at the Africa Cup of Nations, but City has plenty of firepower. It also will be facing a Chelsea team that will be missing key players like Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah, as well as starting goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Manchester City is the best team in the Premier League on both ends of the pitch, scoring a league-high 53 goals while conceding just 13. It has outscored its opponents 31-6 at the Ethiad, while going 8-1-1 in league home games this season. The Cityzens hold the ball an average of 67.9 percent of games, 5.5 percent better than second-ranked Liverpool. In the first meeting of the season between these teams in September, Chelsea failed to put a shot on target and was outshot 15-5 overall.
Why you should back Chelsea
The Blues are desperate to start stringing some wins together, and these two sides have split their league games the past three seasons. Chelsea has actually won four of the past six meetings in all competitions, including last year's Champions League final. That was its third straight win against City over a six-week span last spring. The Blues also will come in with confidence after blanking Tottenham 1-0 on Wednesday to secure its spot in the League Cup final.
Chelsea also has a sterling defensive record, yielding 16 goals, third-fewest in the league. It also has scored the third-most with 45, and the team hopes Romelu Lukaku (five goals) gets pointed in the right direction after some troubles with manager Thomas Tuchel. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have the speed to cause problems on the counter-attack, and Mason Mount (seven goals, five assists) has become one of the team's most dangerous players.
How to make Chelsea vs. Manchester City picks
Green has taken a close look at Manchester City vs. Chelsea from all sides, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also provides his confident best bet and has a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his expert EPL picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Chelsea vs. Manchester City? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Manchester City vs. Chelsea, all from the European soccer expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.