Manchester City host Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th Round, 15 February 2014. You can watch live on ITV1 from 16:45, with highlights also on ITV1 from 23:20.
There are plenty of other good matches to be seen in this round, but this is first of two stand out matches between two potential champions.
Looking back, City were shocked by an impressive opening salvo from Watford in the last round, but battled back to win through 4-2 in the end.
Chelsea overcame Stoke 1-0 in the last roundin a match that won’t go down as a classic, so we won’t even bother with a video.
More pertinent than the previous round results is that Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad when they met earlier in the month, ending City’s 100% home league record for the season at the same time.
Starting with the home side, Manchester City have experienced a slight blip in form over the last fortnight. The unstoppable goal machine has been curtailed and they’ve drawn two blanks on the spin; first against Chelsea, and then against Norwich.
No one would suggest that the Premier League’s top scorers are not a threat anymore, but they do seem to miss the skill of Aguero when he’s unavailable, as he will be tomorrow.
Smarting from their recent loss to Chelsea, City will do everything they can to beat them now. This works in Chelsea’s favour though as they will be able to sit back and attack on the break, just what Mourinho likes to do when playing away from home against the big teams.
As City's match against Sunderland was called off due to the gale force storms across the North of England, City now face a bit of fixture crisis. Still in the Champions League, and a match already rearranged to allow for the League Cup Final, City’s squad will be stretched to the limit over the coming months and the last thing they’ll want is a replay.
Looking at Chelsea, everything was going swimmingly well. The defeat of City the icing on the cake of what had been a very productive few weeks. It went down as a tactical masterclass from their manager, as it always does when he wins, but there was luck involved as well and City certainly weren’t at their best.
All that tactical brilliance was wasted a bit this week, with the chance to go four points clear at the top of the league this week, they were held by West Brom (who seem to have become their bogey team).
Those dropped points took Chelsea from title favourites back to little horses behind City, so they’ll want to do what they can to dent the confidence of their title rivals as the Champions League starts up again this week.
So what will Mourinho do to stop City? Probably park the bus and talk about horses a lot.
In terms of the odds, it’s City as the favourite best priced at 13/10. Chelsea are 13/5 and the draw (which neither team will want) is 12/5. At the moment Matchbook have the best odds on the match, all those odds are from them and are correct at the time of publishing.
Negredo is the 5/1 favourite in the first goalscorer market, but available at 6/1 with Paddy Power. Given how tight this match should be we’d be tempted by Terry at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
If you fancy backing the overall cup winner now (their price should come in after they overcome this hurdle) City are 10/3 with Sporting Bet, and Chelsea are 11/2 with Bet365. With Arsenal and Liverpool playing on Sunday, there won’t be that many clubs left in the draw to fear.
Are there any money back specials for the Manchester City vs Chelsea match?
Glad you asked, yes there are and we’ve noted the best below
- Ladbrokes – Money back if a Brazilian scores first
- Paddy Power – Money back if Alvaro Negredo scores first
- Bet Victor – Money back if there’s a red card (up to £25)
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