iBet: Chances Should Be Created At Both Ends At Stamford Bridge

Gareth Purnell

English Premier League

Chelsea V Manchester City, Sun kick off 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Back both teams to score at 8/13

Back Kidderminster at 4/5

It’s not a give-away price but this looks the most mouthwatering of the weekend’s Premier League ties and I can see both teams going for it. It seems a strange thing to say about a team sitting second in the Premier League but Jose Mourinho struggled to find the key to his team in his first weeks in charge. However, something seemed to click against Tottenham in the second half. They were out-playing and out-passing them – a very hard thing to do against Andre Villa-Boas’s charges – when they had a man sent off and looked like converting the draw into a win.

Since then Chelsea have played with a renewed vigour and confidence and they have started scoring plenty of goals – 11 in their last three games, albeit against inferior opposition. Manchester City are having a funny old season so far. At home they are the best team in the top flight, but if we made a table based on away performances they would only be 13th, having shipped seven times on their travels in four games.

The loss to injury of skipper Vincent Kompany has been a huge blow – he was simply magnificent against Manchester United – but there is no doubting their quality in attack – no-one has scored more than the 20 they have managed in their eight games. At home and in front of their own fans, Mourinho is duty bound to have a go and that should lead to chances at both ends – and with the quality of forwards on both sides, surely there will be goals.

Kidderminster are a team to follow when they hit form, as they have done. They have moved to second in the Conference Premier with 10 wins from their 16 fixtures and in Bradford Park Avenue they are playing a mid-table team with the worst home defence in the Conference North (12 conceded in five games).

Ladbrokes are offering 3/4 about the away win and that looks acceptable. In Italy Roma don’t have the best of records against Udinese but there is a new belief about them and their form so far in Serie A is, frankly, remarkable. Not only have they won all of their eight games and scored 24 goals in the process, but they have only conceded one goal so far. An away game at Udinese is not a gimme by any means – they are unbeaten at home where they have only conceded twice – but given Roma’s confidence, odds against (they are 13/10 with William Hill for the win) could be worth an interest in a single.


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