The bookies are not only finding it hard to split Chelsea and Manchester City for this Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, they are also struggling to decide who should be favourites when it comes to the title race. While Pep Guardiola’s side were installed as the odds-on market leaders before a ball was kicked, their odds have drifted after dropping points against Tottenham and Southampton.

The champions of England couldn’t break down the Saints last weekend and will now travel to Stamford Bridge to clash with a Chelsea side who are very much looking like the real deal when it comes to the 2021-22 season. Thomas Tuchel’s side got the better of City in last season’s Champions League final when they triumphed 1-0 and it could be another low-scoring clash here.

Both managers will be acutely aware of the significance of this encounter, especially with Liverpool and Manchester United potentially in the title reckoning based on early evidence, with this likely to be a case of defences on top. Chelsea’s brick wall of a back three not only achieves shut outs, it also has match winners in the form of Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.

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