Chelsea vs Manchester City 05/01/2023 – Chelsea test the mettle of Manchester City in an English Premier League clash on Thursday, January 5, at the Stamford Bridge in Fulham, West London. Both teams are coming off draws and a win will be big for their 2022-23 campaigns. The Blues are off to a disappointing first half of the season as they are in eighth place and seven points off a spot in the UEFA Champions League. A victory over City will boost their morale and move closer to Top 4 going into the second phase of the tournament.
On the other hand, Manchester City look to pull away from their closest pursuers and keep them within single digits with table-topping Arsenal. City is a slight favorite in this matchup as sports odds are already updated for the betting public to place their bets for the marquee encounter in the English Premier League.
Chelsea vs Manchester City 05/01/2023
|When:||THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 3:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd., London SW6 1HS, United Kingdom|
|TV:||Peacock (US); Sky Sports Premier League (UK)|
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Chelsea (7-4-5, 25 points) is off to a slow first half of the season, holding onto eighth place ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion. They are tied with seventh-ranked Fulham on points but are behind on goals scored (29-20). In their last game against Nottingham Forest, the Blues went ahead 16 minutes into the match, following a successful conversion from Raheem Sterling. Chelsea lost the opportunity to gain three points in the 63rd minute when they allowed Serge Aurier to score. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a chance to secure the win but he mistimed a header attempt in the latter part of the match and settled for a truce.
Kai Havertz has been the top man in offense for Chelsea with four goals although there are 10 more guys who are capable enough to score. Graham Potter has given Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy equal opportunities at the goalpost as they have become capable goalkeepers during the season.
Players to Watch: Kai Havertz (4 goals, 1 assist); Mason Mount (3 goals, 2 assists); Raheem Sterling (3 goals, 2 assists); Jorginho (2 goals); Christian Pulisic (1 goal, 1 assist).
Manchester City (11-3-2, 36 points) had their five-game winning streak snapped on December 31 as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Everton. Erling Haaland had his 21st goal in 15 English Premier League games with a superb finish in the 24th minute. However, Everton answered back with a Demarai Gray curling equalizer in the 54th minute. Despite 11 minutes of added time in the second half, Manchester City’s offensive armada were silenced by the Toffees’ defense, eventually settling for a draw that merited one point.
The result put City seven points behind table-toppers Arsenal and two ahead of third-running Newcastle United. Haaland will be the primary scoring option for the Pep Guardiola-managed XI with Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne backing him up in offense. Ederson will continue to be the man between the pipes for Manchester City as they shoot for their 12th win.
Players to Watch: Erling Haaland (21 goals, 3 assists), Phil Foden (7 goals, 4 assists); Kevin De Bruyne (3 goals, 9 assists); Julian Alvarez (3 goals); Bernardo Silva (2 goals, 5 assists).
Chelsea vs Manchester City Betting Numbers
Summary: Football betting lines are in favor of Manchester City in this crucial encounter with Chelsea. The match is expected to be a slugfest with both teams capable of scoring goals. But do not be surprised if this may end up to be a defensive match between Potter and Guardiola. Do not discount a draw on this top-caliber showdown between two of the top eight teams in the Premier League.
Moneyline: Chelsea opens with a +550 moneyline for this encounter while Manchester City is a -227 favorite. A draw merits a +360 moneyline in this clash.
Pick: Manchester City will emerge victorious in this match, 3-1.