City to maintain winning streak
Second-placed Manchester City host fifth-placed Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night with both sides desperate for points towards the top of the Premier League Table.
City have allowed a seven-point lead to slip and they now trail local rivals Manchester United by four points. Captain Vincent Kompany and defensive partner Joleon Lescott are both doubts but Carlos Tevez may feature on the bench for the hosts.
Chelsea's captain John Terry looks set to miss out due to a knee injury while Fernando Torres will be hoping to retain his place in the starting XI after bagging a brace in the FA Cup win over Leicester City at the weekend. Didier Drogba, however, will expect to start having been rested on Sunday.
Chelsea have won all four of their games since Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager but their record away from Stamford Bridge has been inconsistent all season and they have dropped points away from home against all of the newly-promoted sides. Five wins on the road from 14 attempts is not nearly enough for the pre-season title hopefuls and it is perhaps one of the main reasons for Chelsea’s redefined season objectives. A top-four finish would now be regarded as a success but they currently trail Arsenal by three points.
Swansea City, Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland have all beaten the Citizens since the turn of the year but their league record at the Etihad remains impeccable. A record 20th consecutive Premier League home win would move them to within a point of Manchester United and, with the top two facing each other at Eastlands on 30th April, both sides have the league title in their own hands. Another home win for the Citizens is available at 19/20 with BetVictor.
In any case, goals are a given. Manchester City have not failed to score in their last 26 league games at the Etihad and they have averaged three goals per game this season. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored nine goals in their last two outings. With both teams expected to line up without key members of their defence, neither side looks likely to keep a clean sheet. Coral offer odds of 10/11 for over 2.5 goals to be scored during the game while both teams to score can be backed at 8/11 with several bookmakers.
Back Manchester City to Win @ 19/20 with BetVictor
Back Both Teams to Score @ 8/11 with Ladbrokes
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 10/11 with Coral