First Big Game of the Season: Manchester City vs. Chelsea - Sunday, Aug 16th

Manchester City vs. Chelsea FC - English Premier League matchup - Preview and odds - Team logos / badgesThe new Euro football season is just getting started and we already have a big game on our hands.

It is the second round of the English Premier League and Manchester City are hosting the champions Chelsea FC. These two teams, according to the odds, are the strongest contenders to win the title this season.

Man City started in fine form with a 0-3 away victory vs. West Brom. Yaya Toure scored twice in that one. The new signing, Raheem Sterling, who arrived from Liverpool in a deal worth £44m, seems to be feeling good and fitting well. Aguero now has the number ten jersey following Edin Dzeko's departure, while the team captain, Vincent Kompany, seems to be back in business. City are looking good and are the favourites to win this match at home. And they are the favourites for a reason. City play very well at the Etihad.

Chelsea had a funny offseason in which they did not win a single game. They followed that up with a 2-2 draw vs. Swansea at home. Thibaut Courtois, the team's first choice goalkeeper, is going to have to sit the upcoming game out due to a red card he picked up on the weekend. This presents an opportunity for the new signing, Asmir Begovic, to show his worth. Chelsea basically have the same team as last year. It will be interesting to see how they do vs. City. Maybe Falcao will get to have a say?

The odds for the upcoming match in Manchester are:

Man City: 21/20
Draw: 12/5
Chelsea: 13/5

The odds to win the 2015/16 English Premier League season are:

Man City: 7/4
Chelsea: 2/1
Arsenal: 9/2
Man Utd: 11/2
Liverpool: 20/1


Chelsea were the favourites to win the league until the weekend. Some people are saying that things don't seem quite right at Stamford Bridge these days. The most recent event is that the coach, Jose Mourinho, replaced his medical team all of a sudden. This comes days later after he extended his personal contract that ties him to the club until 2019.

Manuel Pellegrini, the Man City coach, also signed a new deal this summer. A lot is expected from him this season. On the homefront, City want to win the league and in Europe, they expect to do better. A lot better. The new deal means little to Pellegrini unless he delivers silverware.

It will be interesting to see how this EPL season unfolds. Seems like much more of an even playing field compared to last time around. Could be good.


If you are going to watch one game this weekend, this is the one.

Will it be City or Chelsea getting a head start in England?

Enjoy everyone!