Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction, 1/3/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chelsea vs Manchester City
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Stamford Bridge in London, England
Odds/Point Spread: Chelsea (-238) Manchester City (-167)
Raheem Sterling and Manchester City (7-5-2, 6th in the EPL) travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday where they'll take on Chelsea (7-4-4, 8th in the EPL). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Edouard Mendy for Chelsea and Ederson for Manchester City. Man City are at at -167 while the Pensioners are at -238. The total is set at 3.5.
Chelsea played Arsenal in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 3-1. Chelsea tried 23 dribbles in this game and were successful in 15 of the attempts for a percentage of 65.2%. In the passing game, they finished with a 83.1% passes received percentage by connecting on 424 of the 510 pass targets in their last game. Concerning shot accuracy, Chelsea wrapped this game up at a 11.1% clip by putting 2 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Chelsea averages 1.93 g/90 (29 total goals) and are sitting with 22 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Kai Havertz is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Chelsea. Havertz has had a starting assignment in 109 matchups in his career and he accounts for 0.34 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Germany has totaled 37 goals in 9,730 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 22 assists while tallying 11 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Timo Werner, the forward hailing from Germany. Werner has been on the pitch for 16,896 minutes in 192 starts and has been handed 12 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 40 times in his career while scoring 96 total goals. He has an average of 0.51 G/90 for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Chelsea is Edouard Mendy. Mendy has seen the pitch for a total of 10,363 mins and has 297 stops thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.88 (101 total goals given up) and he is the owner of a save % of .778. The goalie from Senegal has had 383 shots sent in his direction in 115 career starts. Mendy (35-27-20 mark during his career) has totaled 49 clean sheets, which gives him a 42.6% clean sheet rate.
In their last outing, Manchester City went home victorious with a score of 2-0 against Newcastle United. Manchester City finished the match with a 66.7% successful dribble rate by converting 12 out of the 18 dribbles they pursued. They finished the contest by connecting on 795 out of their 872 attempted passes earning a rate of 91.2%. Manchester City converted 6 shots attempted out of 11 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 54.5% rate in their last game. With a total of 21 goals and 16 assists in all their contests, Manchester City has an average of 1.50 goals and 1.14 assists per 90.
Raheem Sterling will need to provide a spark for Manchester City. The forward born in England has been on the pitch for 20,567 professional minutes while scoring 90 goals. He has accumulated 30 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 48 times. He is averaging 0.39 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 231 contests in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Kevin De Bruyne, the midfielder born in Belgium. Bruyne has earned himself 33 yellow card cautions in 26,762 mins (307 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his soccer career is 0.26. He has accumulated 76 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 132 times.
Ederson will look after the net for Manchester City. During his professional soccer career, Ederson has allowed 153 goals while earning 375 stops in 196 starting assignments. He has conceded 0.79 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 131-34-31. He holds a save percentage of .728 and his shutout rate is currently at 44.4%. Ederson has racked up 87 shutouts while defending 518 shots against him in 17,522 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Manchester City (-167)
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