Manchester City will be determined to bounce back when they welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Pep Guardiola’s men are nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool after going down 3-1 at Anfield before the international break, a result that has left them below the Blues in fourth place.
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However, having won three of their last four home games against this opposition – including a comprehensive 6-0 win last time out – they are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with 888Sport to return to form by coming out on top here.
The last meeting between this pair resulted in a 0-0 draw in last season’s Carabao Cup, and you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on this one also finishing up all square.
Manchester City vs Chelsea team news
Ederson is likely to return following injury, although Bernardo Silva is suspended and Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane remain injured.
Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley are both doubtful after withdrawing from international duty due to injury, while Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are definitely ruled out.
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While their performance was certainly better than the 3-1 scoreline suggested, the Citizens looked worryingly fragile at the back in the defeat on Merseyside.
Indeed, that display will have given plenty of encouragement to Frank Lampard’s men, who boast the more profilic away record in the league so far and have averaged over three goals a game over the last seven on the road in all competitions.
Nevertheless, only three teams have conceded more away goals than Chelsea’s 12 in six games, so they are sure to struggle against the champions’ attacking riches.
Manchester City vs Chelsea predictions
With this in mind, odds of 6/4 (2.50) offer solid value on City maintaining their strong home head-to-head record by coming out on top despite making it five games in a row without a clean sheet.