DOES the gamble on Chelsea make sense? Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) looks at their match against Man City on Sunday.
Chelsea v Manchester City | Sunday 16:00 | BBC One
Team news will be the most important factor surrounding this match on Sunday. All the chat on the street is that while Chelsea will field a strong line up Man City will focus their energies on Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev and play a weakened team.
The odds certainly reflect those rumours as the London side have been backed in from 31/20 when the draw was made on the last day of January to odds on across the board with the game nearly here.
While Chelsea have had a woeful season they’re nothing if not stoic under Guus Hiddink. Tuesday night saw the first defeat under his watch at the 13th time of asking and the 2-1 loss in Paris to PSG was nothing at all to be ashamed about.
Yes, there have been a lot of draws (six in total) but they’ve gone to the Emirates and won, drew at Old Trafford and smashed five past MK Dons in the last round of this competition. The old Chelsea we love to hate have been alive and well in this competition.
Manchester City have been moaning about the fact they have to play their FA Cup game as late as 4pm on Sunday when engaged on Champions League duty 72 hours later but while they may have a point if they take the TV money then shut up and suffer the consequences that go along with that.
Sunday’s defeat to Spurs in the league has damaged their chances of regaining the Premier League title and you get the impression that full focus will now be on the Champions League.
In truth, with no team information this is a nightmare game to try and predict and I’m just not comfortable backing Chelsea at odds on against Man City. This is a side who’ve won less than half of their games under Hiddink.
I’ll back Both Team To Score here as I’m hoping the Man City youngsters seize on their chance to impress and make things difficult for Chelsea. I’ll also add in a Chelsea win with both teams notching too.
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