Bet on City and Chelsea to score plenty of goals

Manchester City v Chelsea
English Premier League
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Kickoff: 17:00 GMT

The monetary fortunes of Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour, billionaire owners of Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC respectively, attract much speculation. But it is the contrasting Premier League fortunes of their managers Carlo Ancelotti and Mark Hughes which will come into focus over the next few days as spread bettors gear up for the teams’ clash at the City of Manchester stadium.

The untold wealth of the clubs’ financial backers means rewarding wages but lower job security, as Avram Grant and Phil Scolari have recently found out to their detriment, and spread buyers of Chelsea’s supremacy will hope Frank Lampard and co can help push Hughes closer to the Sheikh’s trapdoor with victory tomorrow.

Win index spread buyers or sellers may or may not be expecting the 10-point outcome on either team’s index (25pts for a win, 10pts for a draw, 0 for a loss) as Chelsea have, after 14 games, still not drawn a league match this season, while Man City have tied every one of their last seven.

Chelsea’s clinical 3-0 win over title rivals Arsenal continued their excellent form in front of the net and it’s no surprise that Sporting Index’s football spread traders are primed for a glut of buys on the total goals spread. Didier Drogba’s second against Arsenal last Sunday was the Blues’ 17th in five games, excluding a further 11 goals in four games in the European and League Cups since October.

City, despite sharing the spoils in every match in the last two months, have nevertheless managed to score in all bar one of these games, and spread buyers of total goals will be further pleased of the 12 goals scored in City’s last three. Goal minutes buyers would rather a repeat of City’s Liverpool meeting two weeks ago which saw four second-half goals (make-up: 272 minutes) rather than 127 goal minutes against Hull.

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