The approach that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has decided to adopt with his defensively deficient side is why one is headlining both teams to score at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as the best midweek English Premier League bet.
Guardiola has stopped expecting Manchester City to keep a clean sheet, particularly against high-quality opponents, and elected to implement gameplans that revolve around attacking. Sunday’s 2-2 English Premier League draw at Arsenal was a prime example of how Manchester City is playing now that Guardiola has accepted that his side’s rearguard cannot shut out teams with attacking skill.
Odds of -141 are available about both Chelsea and Manchester City scoring in the match of the English Premier League round and they look too good to miss. Chelsea has scored in each of its 14 English Premier League home games and Manchester City is unlikely to be the team that ends that streak. Indeed, Chelsea has scored in 27 of its 29 English Premier League matches, failing only at Tottenham and Arsenal. And Chelsea has conceded at least one goal in half of its 14 English Premier League games so the Blues are not as watertight as one may expect of the ladder leader. Manchester City has scored in 12 of its 15 English Premier League away matches and one admits that its blanks at Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are a slight cause for concern because Spurs, the Reds and the Toffees are all top-seven sides like Chelsea. But Manchester City has found the back of the net in each of its last four English Premier League road games so that does calm one’s nerves somewhat.
Both teams scored in December’s reverse English Premier League fixture when Chelsea came from behind to defeat Manchester City 3-1. Manchester City had Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off in the stoppage time of a great match that transformed the English Premier League competition.
Craig Shakespeare has rebooted English Premier League king Leicester and one is going to include the Foxes at odds of -167 with William Hill to beat Sunderland on Tuesday.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Leicester’s edge over Sunderland is just 9-2-8 and, furthermore, the Foxes lost 1-2 at the Black Cats in December. But Leicester’s form under Shakespeare is light years ahead of what it was producing under Claudio Ranieri before his sad departure and one is willing to go with the Foxes on the basis that they are performing like a side on the top half of the English Premier League ladder and Sunderland is a cellar dweller in actions and words.
Leicester defeated Sunderland by two goals in each of last season’s English Premier League meetings of the Foxes and the Black Cats and one expects Shakespeare’s troops to continue their rapid march up the tournament ladder.
Finally, Liverpool is a fair price to avenge its 3-4 loss at Bournemouth when the English Premier League teams meet again on Wednesday. Liverpool is available at odds of -105 with several bookmakers, including Coral, to defeat Bournemouth by more than a one-goal margin.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool boasts a 13-2-4 lead over Bournemouth but that only tells part of the story because the Reds enjoy a 10-0-1 advantage over the Cherries if one excludes games featuring sides ranked lower than Bournemouth’s 11th place.
As you can see, Liverpool has come a cropper in a few of its English Premier League matches versus the division’s lesser lights but the Reds were excellent against Everton and they welcome a Bournemouth team that, on paper, does not have the defensive wherewithal to contain their hosts. Bournemouth is 2-4-9 on its English Premier League travels and it has lost by at least two goals at Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton, Hull and Middlesbrough. Bournemouth has yet to run out at the grounds of Tottenham, Liverpool, Leicester or Sunderland so it has some tough away assignments to come.
Chelsea v Man City – Both teams to score
Wednesday 5th April, 20:00 BST
Leicester to beat Sunderland
Tuesday 4th April, 19:45 BST
Liverpool (-1 Handicap) to beat Bournemouth
Wednesday 5th April, 20:00 BST
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