Few teams will have a better comprehension than Chelsea of what it is like to defy the odds and win a game of football right now as the bookies make Roberto Di matteo’s side 7/2 shots to pick up the three points at the Etihad – a price which is sure to attract plenty of interest from punters following their gutsy performance against Napoli last week.
Having overcome a 3-1 deficit against Napoli in the Champions’ League last week, they completed an unlikely passage into the quarter finals of the competition.
They take on second placed Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday night, looking to do something else that seems rather unlikely: come away with three points thus ending Roberto Mancini’s side’s 100 per cent home record.
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If anyone can do it right now, it surely is the resurgent Blues, who have so far won every game under the stewardship of former playing hero, Roberto Di Matteo.
The Italian replaced Andre Villas-Boas who was sacked earlier in the month and will be hoping to continue his side’s good run when he steps into the opposite dugout of his namesake and compatriot.
It has been a difficult week for City though, having crashed out of the Europa League despite beating Sporting Lisbon 3-2 at the Etihad, they also lost their seat at the top of table by losing to Swansea just days before.
Instead, it is their local rivals Manchester United who suddenly hold the advantage going into the final games of the season, so the pressure really will be on come Wednesday.
Although they do have a game in hand on the Reds, they find themselves four points adrift, but a win would cut that to one as well as giving them a massive boost of confidence.
It could mean that the title is decided on what happens when City and United go face-to-face at the Etihad later in the season.
For Chelsea, however, none of that matters. Their priority is securing Champions’ League qualification for next season, despite currently sitting outside of the Premier League’s top four.
A win for them would move them level on points with Arsenal, but having played a game more. It all sets up what should be a thrilling encounter.