Premier League Clash of Giants Betting: Chelsea vs. Manchester CityPublished January 31, 2015 by Amir G
Premier League leader Chelsea host reigning champions Manchester City for a fight on the top of the table (17:30 UK time).
It's not every Saturday that giants collide, but that is exactly what will happen today at Stamford Bridge today as Chelsea host Manchester City for a decisive top-of-the-table battle (17:30 UK time). Both teams are vying for the title, leading the Premier League table with only a meager 5 point gap between the second positioned Manchester City and the leading Chelsea.
Chelsea without Costa
Chelsea will be energized by their homely 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup which saw the Blues advance to the final with 2-1 in aggregate. This achievement reflects Chelsea's domination in the Premier League: having lost only two games this season, Chelsea won 16 of its games and drawn 4; they thrashed Swansea 0-5 away from home last week.
But today's rival Manchester City is not Swansea and the blues have a tough fight ahead. Unfortunately for Chelsea, they're probably going to miss top goalscorer Diego Costa after he was charged for violent conduct in the Liverpool game, having stamped on Liverpool defender Emre Can.
Manchester City to Reduce the Gap?
There are 15 games to play until the end of the season so even a Chelsea win would not end the hopes for a title this season, but three points for Manchester City will be a game-changer, as more slip-ups could see them as far as 10 points from the Blues. City will be all the more keen to win this game after losing 0-2 to Arsenal at home last week followed by a 1-1 with Everton the week before.
Manchester City have to start looking like champions and winning today would be a good start – Chelsea is fatigued and the team could try to play for a draw, especially if Costa is missing.
The match will be covered live today at bet365 Sports which is offering live and in-play betting markets to place as the action unfolds. In full time result bet365 offered 1/1 on Chelsea to win, 14/5 on City and 5/2 for a draw. Tune-in today for this majestic English football clash!