Chelsea v Man City EFL Cup final preview and betting tips

17:00 Sun 24 Feb
Football
England
EFL Cup
Tip: Chelsea +1
Units: 1/5
Odds: -154

Manchester City still have the chance to win the quadruple this season, with the first piece of silverware up for grabs on Sunday 24 February when they clash with Chelsea in the EFL Cup final.

As you might expect, Pep Guardiola’s side are strong favourites to win the trophy, although they will be given a tough test by a Chelsea side who have already beaten them this season in the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri has had a mixed bag of a first season, with the Italian seeing his Blues side fast out of the traps and challenging Liverpool and City before struggling to cope with a relentless pace.

However, that win at Stamford Bridge saw the manager execute the perfect game plan which saw Chelsea defend stoutly before goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz gave them a 2-0 victory.

Once again, this is a match where we should expect Manchester City to dominate possession, although their opponents have recently recruited Gonzalo Higuain who looks sure to spearhead the London team’s attack.

It allows Eden Hazard to drop into either a deeper or wider position, with both of these preferable to foraging for scraps in attack, while N’Golo Kante is also advancing forward more this season than ever before.

The recent 4-0 defeat that Chelsea suffered at Bournemouth was rather freakish and the defence is actually pretty strong as they demonstrated against Tottenham and City recently, while Liverpool also struggled to break through.

Chelsea simply have players in the squad who will rise to the occasion and we think you can get with them on the Asian Handicap with a +1 goal advantage.

This means that a narrow City win by one goal would mean money back, while a draw or a Chelsea win would see us land a profit. The match could be a lot closer than the odds suggest and only nine points separate the sides right now.

BETTING TIP
Chelsea +1 @ 1.65 with bet365