What was always going to be a pretty interesting affair between two of the Premier League’s heavyweights has added a new level of intrigue as Rafa Benitez takes to the dugout as the Interim- whatever-you-do-don’t-call-him-permanent-Manager.
Chelsea are narrow favourites at a best price of 13/8, whereas Man City are available at 23/13. A draw can be backed at 44/17, all odds with Pinnacle.
Back in 2007, Benitez suggested that Chelsea fans ‘lack passion’ – judging from the fallout from the Di Matteo sacking and the general opinion of Benitez amongst Chelsea fans, they have certainly acquired some since he’s been away – I live in South West London, and I’m yet to meet a Chelsea fan who wants Benitez in charge, let alone Di Matteo sacked. Benitez, in one of his many rants at the Liverpool hierarchy about transfer dealings, also famously repeated ad infinitum in a press conference that he was ‘focused on training and coaching his team…’ – which is lucky, as if he seriously thinks he’s got any input into the January transfer window he’s got another think coming.
Picking a result here is a tall order. Chelsea are in pretty poor form, winning only one of their last eight games, but have the new-manager-bounce on their side. Man City are shocking in Europe, but unbeaten in the League this season. I can’t shake the feeling that given the circumstances surrounding both clubs, and both managers, both would be satisfied with an entertaining score draw, and that is what I would recommend here. Now you can back the draw at 44/17 if you want, but William Hill are offering their unique ‘Come from behind to draw’ market, and are offering 15/2 on each of them to come from behind to draw. Dutch both results, and you’re getting nearly 4/1 on ANY draw that isn’t goal-less (and I can’t see this game finishing 0-0…) Plus as an added bonus, if BOTH teams come from behind to draw (Chelsea go 1-0 up, concede 2 and then equalise for example) William Hill will pay out on BOTH results – I contacted them to check – you’re then getting 15/1 on the draw!
We move on lastly to the Elephant in the Room, Fernando Torres. He hasn’t been able to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo since his £50 million pound move to Chelsea from Liverpool, and some of the more cynical observers are suggesting that bringing in Benitez, the guy who brought him to Liverpool, is Abramovich’s last roll of the dice to get something out of the striker, before ditching him for Falcao. He’s going to score, and Red Top papers are doing to have an absolute field day as a result. Torres is 7/1 to score first with Ladbrokes, and 9/4 with BlueSquare to score anytime. Back both as insurance. And expect TorreSSSSSSSS! To enter the footballing lexicon in the same way as AguerOOOOOOOO! did last season.
Chelsea vs Man City Betting Tips
Man City to come from behind to draw @ 15/2 (William Hill)
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Torres to score anytime @ 9/4 (Blue Square)
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