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Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge looking to reduce the 10 point gap between the two sides at the top of the Premier League. Jim Knight assesses their chances

Monday night sees a heavyweight clash in the Premier League as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The hosts have struggled when they have come up against fellow top-four contenders this season, losing against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United since Andre Villas-Boas took over.

Despite being ten points behind their opponents, Chelsea are still made 6/4 favourites by Bet365 while the draw trades at 12/5.

Manchester City have a near flawless record in the league so far, winning all but two of their matches but this will not be a walkover for the Citizens as reflected in the 9/5 available on them to win. Sergio Aguero is a tempting 6/4 to score anytime or 11/2 to score first while Daniel Sturridge, who left City to join Chelsea and has seven league goals to his name is 13/8 to score.

Both teams have been free scoring of late, Chelsea have netted in their last five games and City are yet to draw a blank this season. Both Teams to score is a 8/13 shot.

Chelsea will be buoyed after qualifying for the Champions League last 16, a feat which Roberto Mancini’s side couldn’t manage last week but Manchester City look the better value in this game.

The visitors are available at 4/5 on the +0.25 Asian Handicap which will see your bet settled if City win or draw.

Bet365 are also offering customers a free bet of up to £50 to be used in play when you place a bet before kick off on this game. With this in mind it could be worth considering the “goals in the second half” market.

Manchester City’s last five league games have seen 16 goals in the second half, while Chelsea’s have seen 10. It would be worth backing a high scoring second half on the totals goals market.

Bet of the Day: Manchester City (+0.25 AH) at 4/5 with Bet365

In Play Bet of the Day: At least 2 goals in the second half with Bet365


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Jim Knight is Chief Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast


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