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Soccer expert Tom Love gives his preview and picks for Thursday's game between Chelsea and Man City

Chelsea vs. Manchester City Palace Picks

(1.5u) Manchester City to win @ -125

Manchester City made it two wins out of two since the return of the Premier League and the break seems to have done them well. We all know how intense Pep Guardiola can be in his preparation of games and a bit of time off seems needed for him and his players. He’s been helped with the return to fitness of Aymeric Laporte at center half, it’s no coincidence that when the Frenchman is in the starting line up City is much more solid at the back in the big games. Going forward, they’ve been typically destructive too. It’s 8-0 on aggregate in the two games back, winning the shot count, 39-4, on aggregate, further highlighting their sheer dominance.

True, they’re up against a better opponent here in Chelsea, but I’m surprised City aren’t shorter to win this one and the -125 available on the away win looks a fine play. Chelsea did come from behind to win against Aston Villa on Sunday but it was largely down to the Blues having a much stronger bench than Villa and squad depth is becoming ever more important in these times.

What’s more, Frank Lampard has failed to get a solid defence together this season. Although their attacking approach and process is strong, seven teams have a better defence than Chelsea with them conceding 40 goals this season. Weighing everything up it’s hard to see past a City side that rested key players against Burnley too, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus all likely to come back into the starting XI for this one. It should be a game high on quality, but I’m backing the visitors to carry on their winning streak.

I'll also have a small play on a 3-1 away win at a chunky  +1300. It's a scoreline that has landed five times this season for Man City and I wouldn't be shocked if the Blues notched with their attacking options.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City Odds

Chelsea to win: +335 - Click here to bet on Tottenham with BetAmerica

Manchester City to win: -125 - Click here to bet on Manchester United with Bet MGM

Draw: +310 - Click here to bet on a draw with Sugar House

Chelsea vs. Manchester City Betting

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58% of bets are on Manchester City to win

29% of bets are on Chelsea to win

13% of bets are on a draw


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