January 5, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>While goals are likely to be thin on the ground, Al Hain-Cole sees value in backing the Citizens' Champions League hero to fire past the Blues
Manchester City’s star-studded attack will need to be on top form when Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
The Citizens recently fell to a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s outfit, who have kept 18 clean sheets in 24 fixtures since his arrival.
Pep Guardiola’s preference for a false-nine formation has kept Sergio Aguero on the periphery for most of this campaign, although he did find the net in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
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Should he be granted a rare start, the Argentina international could be a tempting proposition at 4/1 (5.00) first goalscorer and 7/5 (2.40) anytime odds.
However, it seems more likely that Kevin De Bruyne will once again be tasked with leading the line, having done so successfully in both legs of the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
On target in each of the last three meetings between the sides, he represents decent value at 11/5 (3.20) anytime odds.
Riyad Mahrez is the Citizens player on form after four goals in his last five appearances – including three in City’s 4-1 aggregate win over PSG – making odds of 12/5 (3.40) seem particularly tempting on him striking once again.
At the other end of the pitch, Timo Werner will be hoping to build on Wednesday’s big goal in the 2-0 Champions League win over Real Madrid.
The Germany international has endured a frustrating debut season in front of goal since joining the Blues and is a relatively long shot at 8/1 (9.00) first goalscorer or 3/1 (4.00) anytime odds.
Indeed, Werner has been relegated from the central striker role by Kai Havertz in recent weeks, with the record signing looking like excellent value at 15/4 (4.75) anytime odds considering he has struck three times in his last three league appearances.
Hakim Ziyech provided the winner in last month’s FA Cup semi-final against City but is unlikely to attract too much interest at 9/2 (5.50) after starting just two of the five subsequent matches in all competitions.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.