Manchester City V Chelsea
Saturday 3rd December 2016
13:30 Kick Off
Right now Chelsea look like the team to beat, Conte has implemented his famous 3-4-3 formation, much like he did for the Italian national team, and repeated the trick of taking staggeringly average players and making them look like world beaters, we’re looking at Giaccherini here.
Chelsea almost made themselves look the laughing stock of the transfer window when they spent nearly £60m bringing in Marcus Alonso, and bringing back the tried and failed David Luiz. With players such as Hazard, Cahill, Costa, Matic all heavily criticised throughout their domestic and international campaigns, this is a formula that on paper should be a disaster. But somehow it’s working. Even bringing in Victor Moses, who was the nowhere man of the last 2 seasons, always on the books somewhere, but never on the pitch, has proven a masterstroke. This just shows when they go 7 league games unbeaten and only concede one goal in the process.
Man City are right on their heels. and will want to use this game to get back to the top of the table. Where they’ve consistently picked up points this season, even when they haven’t played well. Even looking at the last two games away to Burnley, and away to Crystal Palace, they’ve stolen the result when they’ve not been at their best. Sergio Aguero, not even near his top form at the moment, is still finding the back of the net with ease.
Match betting on this game is a complete toss up. Chelsea’s wing backs could get the better of Man City, and on the other side the pace of Sterling, De Bruyne, and Aguero, could cause Chelseas centrebacks problems if Moses and Alonso get caught too high up the pitch.
Both teams to score is an absolute cert here, not worth it in a single, but if you’re looking for some bulk on your ACCA, this should be in there.
For a bit of risk I’d be taking Aguero first goalscorer, he has a nose for the big games, and on a personal note he’ll be looking to go 1 goal ahead of Costa in the race for the Golden Boot.