Manchester City vs Chelsea Prediction, 5/8/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Manchester City vs Chelsea
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England
Odds/Point Spread: Manchester City (-167) Chelsea (+360)
Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City (25-5-4, 1st in the EPL) play Chelsea (17-10-7, 4th in the EPL) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Ederson for Manchester City and Edouard Mendy for Chelsea. The Pensioners are at at +360 while the Citizens are priced at -167. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Manchester City stepped onto the pitch against Crystal Palace in their last match and earned the victory with a final of 2-0. Manchester City tried 16 dribbles in this matchup and completed 15 of those tries for a percentage of 93.8%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 89.6% rate by connecting on 626 of the 699 passing targets in their last outing. In terms of shooting accuracy, Manchester City finished the game at a 15.0% rate by putting 3 shots on target out of 20 total shots. Manchester City is averaging 2.06 goals per 90 (70 goals in total) and are sitting with 45 assists in all contests this year.
Kevin De Bruyne is a player who can be a difference maker for Manchester City. He has 136 assists while earning 33 yellow card cautions in his career. Bruyne has been given a starting assignment in 317 outings so far in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.26 goals per 90. The midfielder who is from Belgium has totaled 79 goals in 27,566 mins played. One more player who could decide who wins is Riyad Mahrez, the forward hailing from Algeria. Mahrez has played 20,858 minutes in 238 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 12 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 60 times in his career while scoring 75 goals. He currently averages 0.32 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Manchester City is Ederson. Ederson has defended the goal for 19,232 minutes and has 406 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 0.8 (164 total goals surrendered) and his save % is 73.2. The goalkeeper hailing from Brazil has seen 557 shots attempted at him in 215 career starting assignments. Ederson (148-34-33 mark in his career) has accumulated 98 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 45.6% clean sheet percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Chelsea took home the win by a final score of 2-0 against Fulham. Chelsea had a 55.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 11 out of the 20 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 434 out of their 504 passing attempts for a rate of 86.1%. Chelsea connected on 5 shots attempted out of 9 shots attempted which gave them a 55.6% rate in their last match. Having accumulated 51 goals and 35 assists in all matches, Chelsea has an average of 1.50 goals and 1.03 assists per 90 minutes.
Timo Werner will need to be on top of his game for Chelsea. He has an average of 0.49 goals per 90 minutes and has started 203 games thus far in his career. The forward hailing from Germany has played 17,981 mins and he has scored 98 goals. He has 13 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 43 times. You should also keep an eye on Mason Mount, the midfielder hailing from England. Mount has been handed a total of 12 yellow card warnings in 10,691 professional minutes played (118 career starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.25. He has tallied 30 goals during his soccer career while helping on a goal 22 times.
Edouard Mendy will be residing in front of the goal for Chelsea. Mendy has racked up 59 shutouts and defended 428 shots against him in 11,893 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save % of 76.9 and his clean sheet rate is 44.7%. He has allowed 0.87 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 44-32-23. During his pro soccer career, Mendy has allowed 115 goals and has racked up 328 stops in 132 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chelsea (+360) and under the total goals
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