It’s been just another ordinary week in the lives of two extraordinary football clubs.
Premier League champions Manchester City were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage for the second consecutive season.
And while European champions Chelsea still have a slight chance of qualification, their 3-0 defeat at Juventus saw Roberto Di Matteo axed and immediately replaced by Rafa Benitez.
The arrival of the Spaniard puts an interesting slant on Sunday’s league meeting between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.
Will the Blues enjoy an immediate upturn in fortunes following the arrival of the former Liverpool boss?
Chelsea are 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power to end a run of four Premier League games without a win.
That makes the home side the ever-so-slight favourites here ahead of a Manchester City side that endured a tough evening against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Despite their European troubles, Roberto Mancini and his side have been picking up results domestically and are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League.
Manchester City can be backed to ruin Benitez’s first game by claiming all three points at 13/8 (2.63) with Paddy Power. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.40).
In the goalscorer markets, Sergio Aguero was on target from the spot in midweek and is 6/1 (7.00) to open the scoring on Sunday. There's also a great money back special from Paddy Power. If Aguero scores the last goal, they will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles.
That man Fernando Torres scored 72 goals in 116 games under Benitez for Liverpool and could be a good price at 13/2 (7.50) if he has been boosted by the arrival of the man he claims is the best coach he has worked with.
Part of that is due to Benitez’s great organisation skills and while he has had little time to work with the team it is likely that the Chelsea players will be immediately aware that defensive discipline is of the essence.
As a result, the odds-against price of 5/4 (2.25) for under 2.5 goals in the game with Paddy Power looks tempting in this one and is the pick of the bets here.
With Chelsea having enjoyed an extra day of rest and Vincent Kompany an injury doubt for the visitors, it’s tempting to sway in favour of the home side in the early stages of this one.
For the value bet, opt for the industry-best price of 4/1 (5.00) with Paddy Power for Chelsea to make home advantage count and lead 1-0 at the interval just as Real Madrid did against City on Wednesday.
If Aguero scores the last goal, Paddy Power will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
|Under 2.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power
||Chelsea 1-0 at HT at 4/1 (5.00) with Paddy Power|
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