Chelsea - Manchester City Betting Preview: Drab draw likely for jaded stars

Rafa Benitez's men take on Brian Kidd's side in Missouri in the early hours of Friday morning but Willie Duncan is not expecting this friendly clash to be a classic encounter
The Premier League season may have reached its conclusion last weekend but in the early hours of Friday morning, two of the league’s heavyweights meet in Missouri for a club friendly as Chelsea take on Manchester City.

The Blues claimed a 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the campaign to secure third place in the Premier League and Rafael Benitez’s men are rated as a 6/4 (2.50) chance with BetVictor to claim victory over the Citizens.

Manchester City ended the season on a sour note as they were beaten 3-2 by Norwich City at Etihad Stadium but the 2012 Premier League champions are also available at 6/4 (2.50) to enjoy a victory over the men from Stamford Bridge. BetVictor offers 13/5 (3.60) that the contest ends in stalemate.

The two clubs will clash again on Sunday night but, after a long and tiring campaign, it would not be a surprise to see both sides performing at less than full tilt here.

Europa League champions Chelsea played a quite remarkable 69 competitive fixtures during the season and Rafael Benitez may opt to rotate his squad for these post-season exhibition matches.

Given that both squads will be eager to wind down, the generous 29/20 (2.45) quote from BetVictor that the match features fewer than three goals looks to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters.

The same firm go 11/8 (2.38) that what promises to be a tight and evenly-matched contest is level at half time while the chunky 11/2 (6.50) quote from BetVictor for the match to be drawn at both half time and full time is a price which is sure to attract support from punters.

As ever, the correct score market offers plenty of value for those looking to get involved and the 15/2 (8.50) on offer from BetVictor for the match to end 1-1 looks to be hugely tempting while the 11/4 (3.75) quote from the same firm for the 0-0 scoreline at half time is also worthy of consideration.

With nothing at stake, this match is likely to lack the bite of a Premier League encounter between the sides so there is plenty of value in backing BetVictor’s 29/20 (2.45) quote for the match to feature fewer than three goals.

Those seeking to squeeze extra value from the contest should snap up the juicy 13/5 (3.60) on offer from BetVictor that the two sides play out a dull draw in Missouri.

Under 2.5 goals at 29/20 (2.45) with BetVictor
Draw at 13/5 (3.60) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter