The Blues pulled off an impressive 1-0 victory at the Etihad less than a fortnight ago, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to put up more stern resistance in Saturday's FA Cup clash
The Blues conceded a late equaliser to drop two points away to West Brom in Tuesday’s Premier League game but are available at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power to bounce back from that disappointment with a victory here.
Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini’s men saw their game against Sunderland postponed due to inclement weather and are 11/10 (2.10) favourites to take advantage of the extra rest by coming out on top in this one.
The hosts were frustrated 0-0 by Norwich in their last game, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them playing out another draw this time out.
While the draw could not have been much more difficult for the visitors, they will fancy their chances of progressing more than anyone after recording a 1-0 victory on this ground less than two weeks ago.
That result was the first time City had failed to win in front of their own fans in domestic competition, and the first time they had failed to score on home soil in 55 competitive fixtures.
That second statistic was the most significant to Jose Mourinho’s success in that encounter, and the Portuguese manager will go into this game looking first and foremost to nullify their opponents’ formidable attacking threat once again.
Having restricted Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs to a mere four goals between them in seven encounters so far this season, the former Real Madrid boss certainly knows how to set his defence up for such occasions, and even money (2.00) quotes seem generous on him ensuring under 2.5 goals are scored this time out.
That bet looks particularly secure considering Chelsea have only scored more than once in one of their previous five matches and that was against a hapless Newcastle team that have now conceded 10 goals in their last three games.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at Evens (2.00) with Paddy Power
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