Ace Football previews the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea and offers betting tips, odds, and stats.
Manchester City and Chelsea lock horns for the long-awaited Champions League final in Porto, Portugal on Saturday night.
The stakes have never been higher between the two foes. Chelsea may have won the last two rounds in the past six weeks, but City are not to be underestimated. Pep Guardiola’s treble-chasing side are determined to land that first-ever Champions League title and will stop at nothing to do so.
It sets up an intriguing all-English final as both clubs fight to become kings of Europe and land a potential €19 million in prize money.
The Citizens enjoy steady progress.
Despite a slight dip in results after winning the Premier League, Manchester City thrashed Everton 5-0 last time out. Guardiola’s men have won seven of their last nine games in all competitions (L2).
The English champions qualified for their first Champions League final by beating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals, extending their winning run in Europe to six successive victories.
City are the odds-on favorites to claim glory in Portugal, have a full-strength squad, and the prospect of a treble should leave them fired up.
The Blues continue to look blunt.
Thomas Tuchel’s fairytale start could end in disappointment. The Blues boss took charge in January and led the club to a fourth place in the Premier League and two finals in the FA Cup and Champions League.
But Chelsea have lost three of their last four games (W1), including a 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Leicester. The west London side are now in danger of ending the season empty-handed.
Although Chelsea can take heart from beating City twice in the last six weeks. It certainly adds a twist in their favor, but can Tuchel’s men pull it off when it really counts?
Manchester City vs Chelsea h2h (Premier League)
A tightly-contested affair on the cards:
The last time the pair played each other, Chelsea grabbed all 3 points in a 2-1 win. The Blues also recently oversaw a superb 1-0 triumph over Guardiola’s men in the FA Cup semi-finals in April. This fixture has been a tightly-contested affair in the past, with both sides claiming four wins apiece in their last eight Premier League meetings.
Season facts for Manchester City and Chelsea.
Facts are calculated for Champions League
- Manchester City has won the last 7 Champions League matches in a row;
- Manchester City unbeaten the last 12 Champions League matches in a row;
- Manchester City has scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 Champions League matches;
- Chelsea unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Chelsea has lost 3 of their last 4 matches (W1);
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Chelsea’s last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Chelsea’s last 7 matches in the row.
According to the bookies, Manchester City are favorites to win. The best price you will find for Pep’s men to win is 1.95 as bookies predict them to have a 52% chance of lifting the Champions League trophy. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.40 on offer, while a Chelsea victory pays out at 4.70.