Chelsea v Everton
Sunday 8th March 09:00AM
This is an interesting match on two levels. Firstly, Chelsea’s battle with Man United for fourth place. Secondly, it will be a good gauge of Everton’s progress under Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti will be returning to Stamford Bridge where he famously guided Chelsea to the Premier League title scoring 103 goals in the process and becoming the first team in the Premier to achieve over 100 goals in a season.
Chelsea will be boosted by what some consider was a season-defining performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup midweek.
However, Chelsea have flattered to deceive numerous times this season.
Ancelotti may be too shrewd for Lampard who is showing major promise but is just developing as a top-level manager.
Everton to win at +315 is worth consideration. So is a draw at +270.
If you favour the team from London to prevail then Chelsea to win and both teams to score at +205 is a worthwhile option.
A bet that would not have been considered a few weeks ago Olivier Giroud anytime goalscorer +110 or last goalscorer at +320 could add a bit of interest to the Giroud/Lampard narrative.
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All in all, I expect this game to be the one to watch this weekend despite being overshadowed by the Manchester Derby.
Manchester United v Manchester City
Sunday 8th March 11:30AM
After a shock result, last weekend with Watford beating Liverpool a small glimmer of hope shines on the blue half of Manchester.
City will look to keep the pressure on Liverpool, especially if the Reds can’t take all three points when they face Bournemouth in the early Saturday kick-off.
However, this season United have performed very well against the big sides especially at Old Trafford where they were the first team to take points from the dominant Liverpool.
This has the makings of a classic Manchester derby with Solskjaer’s men chasing down Chelsea for a top-four spot. Although, given their opponent’s appeal of their European ban. A fifth-place finish might be good enough for the Red Devils. Given how close things are, you feel that United must come out with at least a draw.
United are +385 to win, and when you consider their performance against City earlier in the season, this looks like good value.
On the flip side, Pep’s City are -155 to win. Buoyed by their Carling Cup victory, result against Real Madrid in Europe and the once unshakable Liverpool losing for the first time last week. Man City have the ability to seize the momentum and blow away United.
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime at +120 looks like a solid option outside the 1 X 2 market. In recent games, he has impressed. He now looks like a player who will become the bastion of the City attack for years to come.
Ultimately, this is set to be a very interesting Manchester Derby indeed.
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