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Manchester City vs ChelseaFebruary 17, 2024, 12:30 PM ET
Manchester City odds-271
Chelsea odds+660
Over\Under3.5 +116/ -137

Manchester City vs Chelsea. Shape of the Teams

The betting odds are pretty accurate on this game- a miracle would need to take place to give Chelsea a chance to clinch a win at the Etihad Stadium. 

Despite a recent uptick in form with a victory against Crystal Palace and a surprisingly good performance against Aston Villa, the prospect of Chelsea winning at Manchester City’s fortress seems slim to none.

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Remember that not so long ago, Chelsea conceded four goals against Wolves. This  says everything you need to know about the defensive organization of the Blues.

Manchester City, fresh off a decisive 3-1 victory against Copenhagen in the Champions League, is expected to field a strong lineup against Chelsea. Guardiola will likely rotate his squad against Brentford three days later, but the encounter with Chelsea will probably see City at full strength.

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The Citizens are chasing Liverpool after the title, trailing only two points with a game in hand. There’s little doubt victories like these are critical in their pursuit of the title – while Chelsea is 10th and has little to play for.

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Manchester City vs Chelsea Main Match Info

Manchester City vs Chelsea, Prediction, Odds

Manchester City suffered several injuries against Copenhagen, meaning a few key players might be sidelined. However, these injury woes are unlikely to tip the scales in Chelsea’s favour.

Although the last clash between these two teams was rather eventful – a 4-4 thriller – recent games have seen a calmer Manchester City, undefeated since the beginning of the season. Additionally, playing at the Etihad gives City a considerable home advantage, hinting towards a large victory.

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Chelsea’s recent form has led to unrest among fans, with many questioning Poch’s tactics, especially his use of Enzo Fernández. Placing Fernández in more advanced midfield zones, rather than the deeper positions where he has previously excelled, has been a controversial decision.

This decision, combined with Chelsea’s persistent transition issues and defensive organization when out of possession, indicates that the Blues will be helpless this Saturday.

Manchester City vs Chelsea Betting Tip

In matches like these, even if Chelsea were to try to cut passing lanes, ball-striking experts, such as Julian Alvarez, become crucial. 

Scoring the first goal gives a team a strategic advantage, forcing the other team to push forward more aggressively in pursuit of an equalizer. This situation allows the leading team to adopt a more conservative approach. 

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With De Bruyne returning to peak performance, Manchester City is unlikely to concede despite recent concerns about a drop-down in the quality of their defence. To dismantle such a defence requires sophisticated and mature attacking plays, a quality which Chelsea does not have in any way.

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