Chelsea vs United and City vs West Ham Preview
Chelsea vs United
An interesting match-up presents itself when a young Chelsea side, battling inconsistency, hosts a stuttering Manchester United who have failed to produce a standard of football that their fans have come to expect.
The Blues head into the fixture with the league’s 11th best home record having only managed 18 points from their 12 home games (5W,3D,4L) and will see this as an opportunity to improve. They should be confident seeing as United possess only the 12th best away record (3W,3D,6L) and have failed in three consecutive attempts to score in the league.
Although Chelsea have failed to win any of the last 5 meetings between the two teams (D2,L3) the home crowd will help them. I can’t see them losing and could definitely see the Blues sneaking this one.
Chelsea average one goal conceded per home game with United also averaging exactly one goal scored per away game. I foresee a nervous but gutsy display from both sides, who after hearing of Man City’s European ban with be highly motivated to secure points to aid their search of European football next season. For this reason I see United ending their drought and predict that both teams will score.
Best Bet: BTTS @0.73
Value Bets: Score: 1-1 @5.5; Score 2-1 @7.5
Man City vs West Ham
In a much more one-sided affair, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City host an out-of-form West Ham at the Etihad on Wednesday night. 17 days after their controversial away loss to Spurs and fresh off the news that they may not play in the champions league again for two years, the Citizens lace-up looking for a reason to smile again.
Although not good enough at the back this season, Pep’s Citizens have once again been lethal in front of goal and have registered 65 goals in their 25 games so far, at an eye-watering average of 2.6 goals per game. Furthermore, after 17 days off there should be no signs of fatigue in the legs of City’s forwards with the likes of Aguero, Sterling and Jesus all itching to add to their personal tallies.
Recent head-to-head statistics do not make for pretty reading for any Hammers fan, with City inflicting nine consecutive defeats across all competitions and West Ham last earning even a point way back in January 2016. West Ham also boast the 4th worst defensive record this season trailing only Norwich, Aston Villa and Southampton (who conceded 9 against Leicester in October).
In the last meeting with the Citizens, the Hammers conceded 5 in a shambolic defensive display and David Moyes will surely set up in a manner which attempts to avoid another defensive dismantling. However, even with a defensive mind-set, I see City scoring at least 3 times.
Although struggling to pick up points, West Ham have consistently shown that they are able to score goals having scored in 8 of their last 10 and only failed to do so against Liverpool and Sheffield who boast the two best defensive records. For that reason I could see them grabbing one against City.
Best Bet: Man City (-2) @0.91
Value Bet: Man City win and BTTS @1.25