Chelsea set to continue 100% Premier League record at the Etihad
Jose Mourinho asked to be judged on his second season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have got off to a flyer with the Blues winning all four of their Premier League encounters to date.
The London side aren’t just claiming three-point hauls this season but they are also winning matches emphatically, with a 6-3 triumph at Goodison Park a particular highlight, while Saturday’s 4-2 victory against Swansea was also impressive.
Diego Costa is on fire and they won’t be going to the Etihad Stadium for a point on Sunday, with Mourinho having changed the mentality to a more attacking approach which is yielding dividends.
The pressure is firmly on Manchester City considering they have already dropped five points this term. Having been lauded for their 3-1 victory against Liverpool, Manuel Pellegrini’s side then slumped to a surprise 1-0 reverse at home to Stoke City.
The champions then drew 2-2 at the Emirates last weekend and they simply cannot afford to allow Chelsea to go eight points clear of them at such an early juncture.
Even so, the away win at odds of 2/1 with BetVictor look appetizing – how can you bet against such a formidable team who claimed a 1-0 victory in this fixture last season after absorbing City pressure before springing some excellent counter-attacking football.
Cesc Fabregas has slotted seamlessly into the midfield area with Nemanja Matic, the latter of whom was outstanding in this game last term, while Diego Costa is racking up the goals and hungry for more.
Bet365 offer 11/2 about Costa scoring the first goal of this game, although Branislav Ivanovic is a 30/1 chance and the marauding right-back has already scored twice this term and was on the scoresheet at the Etihad last season.
City are a 6/4 chance to close the gap although there are defensive pock marks within the champions at the moment and a tough match at the Allianz Arena is hardly the ideal preparation when it comes to facing the Premier League title favourites.
Yaya Toure is yet to click into gear and it will be a case of the home side probing away and trying to force an opening against a difficult Chelsea team who will look to the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar to stretch the game.
All odds were correct at time of posting.