Manchester City-Chelsea Goalscorer Special: Negredo to fill absent Aguero's boots

Manuel Pellegrini is without key striker Sergio Aguero against the Blues, but Al Hain-Cole expects his Spanish replacement to feature prominently among the goalscorers
Having lost Sergio Aguero to a hamstring injury suffered during their 5-1 victory over Tottenham, Manchester City will have to look elsewhere for firepower when they take on Chelsea on Monday.

Fortunately for Manuel Pellegrini, he boasts an attacking arsenal fearsome enough to cope without their leading Premier League scorer, with Alvaro Negredo expected to return to the team after sitting out the game at White Hart Lane.

Having struck 10 goals in his last 10 games for the club, the Spaniard is bet365’s 7/2 (4.50) favourite to open the scoring this evening, and available at evens (2.00) to strike anytime.

Considering the former Sevilla man has struck 16 goals in his last 13 matches at the Etihad, those even odds (2.00) look extremely inviting on him hitting the back of the net in front of the home fans tonight.

With seven goals in his last seven games, Edin Dzeko has been flourishing in Aguero’s absence, and is on offer at 9/2 (5.50) to break the deadlock, or 13/10 (2.30) to strike anytime.

Yaya Toure was on the score sheet in a 2-0 home win the last time these sides met on this ground, and with 15 goals to his name in 29 games this campaign, he offers potential value at 12/5 (3.40) to find the net once again.

While not so spoilt for choice up front, Jose Mourinho will have been delighted to see Samuel Eto’o find some form after his recent hat-trick against Manchester United, and the visitors’ main goal threat seems undervalued at 2/1 (3.00) to score here.

With the strikers frequently misfiring, midfielders Eden Hazard and Oscar have taken responsibility for the Blues in front of goal with 20 strikes between them so far, so could be good bets to fire anytime at 3/1 (4.00) or 4/1 (5.00) respectively.

Considering Oscar has opened the scoring with six of his nine goals, odds of 12/1 (13.00) represent an excellent longer shot on him making the breakthrough once again.

Negredo to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with bet365
Oscar to score first for a 0.75pt stake at 12/1 (13.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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.