In the build-up to this Saturday night’s blockbuster between Manchester City and Chelsea, you’ll be hearing two words said more than any others. But the phrase dress rehearsal, although probably accurate, doesn’t quite tell the full story of these two teams.
The meeting between two of the Premier League’s heavy hitters is not just a warm-up for the Champions League final on 29 May. Excitement for that is already growing, as it will be the third time that two Premier League teams have met in the final game of Europe’s greatest club competition.
The first was the 2008 clash between Manchester United and Chelsea and the second was the recent 2019 final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; there’s a lot to settle before Istanbul arrives for both of these trophy hunters.
MANCHESTER CITY VS CHELSEA BETTING
Only three points away from Premier League glory, the champions-in-waiting could successfully wrap up the league this Saturday when they play host to Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
This dominant City side moved to the brink of glory with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last week, with that victory taking them to 80 points – 13 clear of closest rivals Manchester United, who can only earn a maximum of 82 points.
Things could have easily turned out differently for Pep Guardiola’s side; if United lost to Liverpool last weekend, they would have sealed the league without kicking a ball. However, we all know what happened at Old Trafford.
In a game live on Sky Sports this Saturday night, Manchester City are at 53/20 (3.65) to get the job done themselves with both sides finding the back of the net.
If you fancy Riyad Mahrez to repeat the trick after his double against PSG on Wednesday, you’re in the right place. The wing-wizard is 16/1 (17.00) to score two or more goals at the Etihad.
One man who knows all about special title-winning moments is Sergio Aguero. You can back the Argentine at LV BET to notch the first goal in what could be another emotional day at 4/1 (5.00).
The Blues have their own agenda, of course.
Desperate to finish the job in the Premier League and secure a top-four finish, fans of Chelsea will know that a victory in Manchester this Saturday will see their side all but secure Champions League football, easing the pressure a tad on the final later this month.
Chelsea will also want to go into the game in Turkey with two back-to-back wins over City after beating Pep Guardiola’s side 1-0 in a FA Cup semi-final fixture a few weeks ago.
They are 11/2 (6.50) to wreck City’s title party with both sides scoring, and return to the capital with the full three points.
If you think both teams will keep their powder dry and fire blanks, the 0-0 draw is on offer at 8/1 (9.00).
MANCHESTER CITY VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.