Putting in another rampant display earlier in the week, a free-scoring Manchester City will make the trip to an empty Stamford Bridge in what should be a lively contest in West London on Thursday night.
Eventually picking up a routine 5-0 romp against a lacklustre Burnley on Monday night, the soon to be former champions have landed back-to-back wins since return from the enforced break and still have Champions League success on their agenda.
On the flip side, really avoiding a scare last weekend after coming from behind to pick up a 2-1 win at Villa Park, Chelsea have managed to strengthen their spot in the top-four and now find themselves on a three-match winning run across all competitions.
However, while the mood in Frank Lampard’s camp should be on a high, they do hold what is a worrying record against the Sky Blues.
Including a 2-1 defeat when they made the trip to Manchester back in November, Chelsea have lost each of their last three meetings against Thursday’s guests, including an embarrassing 6-0 drumming back in February last year. A similar away victory for City can be found priced at 4/5 with Bet365.
Chelsea dodge a bullet
Shocked to have seen relegation scrappers Aston Villa take the lead completely against the run of play in the Midlands over the weekend, Chelsea managed to bag a pair of goals in the space of two minutes to leave with what could be a crucial 2-1 win.
Now extending their buffer in the top-four to five points and in pole position to secure another year of Champions League football for fans in West London, Frank Lampard also sees his youngsters with an FA Cup quarter-final on the horizon.
While the former England midfielder might have been demanding his side find a more clinical edge after Sunday’s win, Lampard will be glad to see that former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has continued to lead their line in eye-catching fashion.
With it confirmed last week that RB Leipzig marksman Timo Werner has secured a summer switch to Stamford Bridge, Giroud once again found the net against Villa last weekend and has now bagged back-to-back Premier League strikes either side of the break.
More impressive, with three goals in his last four top-flight appearances, the World Cup-winner can be found priced at 21/10 with Coral to extend on his tally in midweek.
Putting on what was yet another clinic in a 5-0 romp against Burnley on Monday night, Manchester City have really laid down a marker since returning from the enforced break.
Marking their return to action with a 3-0 victory against a struggling Arsenal, Pep Guardiola’s men simply have their sights set on delaying Liverpool’s maiden Premier League party.
With it confirmed that club icon David Silva will be ending his tenure at the Etihad this summer, there is no doubt that the former Bayern Munich boss will be excited by Phil Foden’s stunning return from the break.
Putting in a Man of the Match display against Burnley earlier in the week, the 20-year-old got his first league goal of the season against Arsenal last week and added to his account with a brace against the Clarets last time out.
Set to retain his spot in Guardiola’s midfield on Thursday, you might be interested to know that a red-hot Foden can be found priced at 9/4 with William Hill to extend on his tally in the capital.
Elsewhere, limping off against Burnley on Monday with a knee injury, Sergio Aguero will not make the trip to Stamford Bridge in midweek.