The neutrals will be hoping to see Chelsea win Monday night’s Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge, although it would mean the Blues being the first side to inflict defeat on Manchester City this season.
Andre Villas-Boas has had a baptism of fire since taking charge in the summer and his team have already suffered defeats in matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. If Chelsea are to challenge for the title this term, surely victory is imperative.
The west London side come into the match off the back of two 3-0 wins, having triumphed at Newcastle before putting Valencia to the sword in the Champions League. They can be backed at 6/4 to claim another win in this game, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering these odds and also a free £50 In-Play to every customer.
Manchester City are licking their wounds after failing to make the knockout stage of the Champions League last week, something which means that their Premier League title challenge will surely intensify as a result.
Paddy Power (£100 free betting) offer 9/5 about the visitors winning at Stamford Bridge and they look like generous odds when you consider that Roberto Mancini’s side have won five and drawn two of their seven matches on the road.
It will be interesting to see whether Mario Balotelli gets the nod in attack after a recent red card in a match against Liverpool, although Sergio Aguero will certainly start and should cause problems alongside David Silva as City look to stretch their lead at the top of the table.
As for Chelsea, surely Didier Drogba will continue to play in the central striking role after the Ivorian started to discover some form in the past few weeks, with odds as big as 8/1 that the striker puts his team into the lead. We’re looking forward to an entertaining match between two of the big spenders in the Premier League.