Chelsea-Manchester City Betting Preview: Expect another American goalfest in New York

The two sides put on a fantastic show for the fans in Missouri on Thursday and our tipster expects the emphasis to be very much on attack when they meet again
Just two days after playing out a thrilling 4-3 in St Louis, Chelsea and Manchester City travel to New York for Saturday's friendly match at the famous Yankee Stadium.

City came back three goals down to emerge victorious in Missouri, and are slight favourites at 11/8 (2.38) with Bet365 to come out on top once again in the Big Apple.

The Blues have now not beaten these opponents in their last six encounters, but are available at 8/5 (2.60) to bring that record to an end at the seventh attempt.

You can also get odds of 5/2 (3.50) if you see this match finishing up in a crowd-pleasing draw in front of a sold-out stadium.

Ticket holders for the clash in New York will have been watching Thursday’s events at the Busch Stadium with excitement, as with every goal that went in, the promise of an entertaining rematch grew stronger.

Exhibition matches like these tend to either fall flat or explode into life and the two Premier League clubs seem intent on treating the American audience to games from the latter category.

With so much attacking talent on display and so little emphasis on defence, backing over 3.5 goals at a tempting 6/5 (2.20) must be the way to go,  in a bet that would have paid out in both sides’ last two friendlies.

It should come as no surprise that five of the seven goals in St Louis came in the second half, when both managers had taken the opportunity to give first-team regulars a rest and offer a chance to some less familiar faces.

Such a spate of substitutions can usually be relied upon to unsettle a side’s defensive organisation, but is now an accepted part of such friendlies, when the bigger names are often contracted to play for an hour or so, before being dragged off in order to avoid injury.

With this in mind, odds of 9/4 (3.25) seem rather generous on over 2.5 second-half goals going in, and are well worth an investment.

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Over 3.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365
Over 2.5 second-half goals at 9/4 (3.25) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.