This pick of the action in the Premier League this weekend is definitely at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City entertain Chelsea in what is a huge game, with the top two in the outright market for the title locking horns.
Chelsea have been in superb form since manager Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation. They have only conceded one goal in their last seven Premier League games and they won all seven of those fixtures, including their 2-1 victory over London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have been very inconsistent, despite being one point from the top spot in the table. The biggest problem Pep Guardiola has had with his side is that they struggle to stop the opposition from scoring. They have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 games.
At 5/2 in the football odds for the game, Chelsea look a great bet to extend their lead at the top of the table. Diego Costa is one of the most in-form strikers in the league and he will fancy his chances against the home side’s defensive line. Costa is 5/1 to score the opening goal in the game which is worth a play, while Chelsea to win and both teams to score is also tempting at 5/1.
Elsewhere on Saturday, we have another London derby to look forward to. This time Arsenal travel across London to face West Ham in the teatime kick-off. The Gunners will be pleased with the start they have made this season as they are handily placed going into the busy December period. They currently trail Chelsea by three points going into the latest round of fixtures and are four points clear of Tottenham, who are one place behind them in 5th.
Arsenal are looking very clinical in front of the post this season and that is largely down to the form of Alexis Sanchez, who scored two goals in his side’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday. The Chilean is key to Arsenal’s chances of success in the 2016/17 campaign. He should be backed at 4/1 to be the first goalscorer against the Hammers at the London Stadium
In terms of the match result, though, West Ham have just shown one or two signs that they are turning the corner this season. They picked up an excellent point at Old Trafford last weekend against Manchester United and at 3/1, they look a good price to hold Arsenal to a draw in front of their home fans.
It is hard to see there not being a flurry of goals in this tie, so the 14/1 available on 2-2 in the correct score market is worth a small play too, while a safer option is over 2.5 goals in the game which is on offer at 8/13.
Chelsea to beat Manchester City @ 5/2
Diego Costa to score the first goal @ 5/1
Alexis Sanchez to score the first goal @ 4/1
West Ham and Arsenal to draw @ 3/1
West Ham and Arsenal correct score: 2-2 @ 14/1