Premier League: Manchester City Takes on ChelseaPublished April 16, 2016 by Florin P
Former Premier League champions try to salvage failed seasons (5:30 p.m UK Time).
Manchester City survived a thrilling match against PSG to advance to the Champions League semifinals and the players are already celebrating. While waiting for the semifinal, they need to make sure that they will be playing in the most important European competition next season as well. To do so, they need a single point against Chelsea on the road, although a victory is within their grasp.
The Allure of Direct Qualification
Manchester City made it clear right from the start that this year they will focus on winning the Champions League and the domestic competition came in second. They will keep chasing this goal but meanwhile they have plenty of time to make sure that they finish on the podium in the Premier League. If they manage to leapfrog Arsenal, they won’t have to play in the qualifiers and will reach the groups directly.
For a team that plans on fighting a war on two fronts next season it is essential to spend as little time on the football pitch as possible. Defeating Chelsea on the road used to be a tall order but this season the Blues are just a shadow of their former selves and Manchester City is well capable of winning.
Hard Times Continue for Chelsea
For a brief period of time, Chelsea looked capable of returning to its winning ways and even secure a Europa League berth. Back-to-back draws and two defeats in the last four games here and those dreams and the players are now simply waiting for the season to end.
Home pitch advantage used to mean a great deal for Chelsea, but most games ended undecided this year at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City is clearly the team in better form, so punters who want to bet on this fixture should side with the visitors and take the cover off a 0:0 Asian Handicap. bet365 Sports offers even odds on this outcome and will refund the stakes if the match ends undecided.