Man City v Chelsea Betting Tips – 4th March 2018
Ask anybody who has achieved anything of note and they’ll tell you all about the importance of failure. Pep Guardiola has certainly learned many important lessons from failure during his career, just look at the last fortnight.
Man City fell to a shock defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup on Monday night but rather than get too upset about the fact that an unprecedented quadruple was now out of their reach, Guardiola used it as yet another chance to learn.
He ensured that his players used the pain of that Wigan loss as motivation for the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal and they did not let him down.
The 3-0 win at Wembley secured Man City’s first piece of silverware under Guardiola with the Premier League title surely just around the corner.
On Sunday, Man City host last year’s Premier League champions, Chelsea, at the Etihad. Far from chasing City at the top of the table, Antonio Conte’s team are struggling to keep pace with the top four and could find themselves cut further adrift from a place in next season’s Champions League come Monday morning.
Man City to Keep Moving Forwards
This will be Chelsea’s second trip to Manchester in as many weeks.
The Blues started very well against Man Utd last Sunday and were full value for the lead. However, a piece of excellent forward play from Romelu Lukaku levelled things up before United turned the tables and sent Chelsea back down south with their tail between their legs.
Like Guardiola, Conte always tries to learn lessons from defeat but it’s hard to see just how Chelsea will be able to improve enough to avoid another loss in Manchester.
Man City are riding on a high following their Carabao Cup win and are looking to put the title to bed as early as possible so that they can focus their attentions firmly on the Champions League.
Chelsea have had their problems this season and although everybody at the club is desperate to finish in the top four, you get the feeling that they’re looking forward to the end of the campaign.
A weary Chelsea against a motivated Man City team is only going to end one way at the Etihad so bet on City completing the league double over the Blues at 16/25 with Marathonbet.
Chelsea Old Boy to Run the Show Once Again
The Chelsea hierarchy must’ve felt a little silly at Old Trafford seeing Romelu Lukaku – a former Chelsea player – score against them.
They certainly felt that way when Kevin De Bruyne ran the midfield and scored the winner in a 1-0 victory for Man City at Stamford Bridge at the end of September.
De Bruyne is likely to win all sorts of awards come the end of the season and he can remind Chelsea of the mistake they made in letting him go once again by scoring on Sunday at 14/5 with Unibet.
Gabriel Jesus is another player who could well get on the scoresheet against Chelsea.
The Brazilian forward made his return from injury off the bench against Arsenal and is gunning to rediscover his best form ahead of the World Cup so back him to score anytime at 13/10 with Paddy Power.
Man City to Set Out Their Stall Nice and Early
Pep Guardiola is known for studying the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents in detail. Therefore, he’ll be fully aware that the stats show Chelsea tend to have their best period of the game between the 16th and 30th minutes.
To counter that, Guardiola will tell his players to take an early lead and end the Chelsea resistance. You can profit from a fast Man City start by betting on the first goal to be scored inside the opening 10 minutes at 16/5 with Betfair.