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Why Chelsea and Manchester City Are the Favorites For the 2021/2022 Premier League Title

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From the onset of the 2021/2022 season, it became apparent that certain teams could be regarded as favorites to take home the Premier League title – Chelsea and Manchester City are a core part of this group.

The Blues as well as the Cityzens are highly ranked in the favorite-to-win table, owing to their achievements in the 2020/2021 season where Chelsea became the European champions and Manchester City, the Premier League champions.

From the predictions of bettors on betting sites in Spain, England, and around the world,  there are a lot of wagers on not only who the league winner would be but also the match-winner(s) in major fixtures such as; Chelsea vs Manchester City, Man City vs Man United, Man City vs Chelsea return match, and many others. 

Smart Tips for Betting

With a lot of bettors involved in Chelsea and Man City predictions amongst many teams as seen in the bookmakers’ records, it is important that bettors utilize the right tips when placing their bets to stand a great chance of winning. 

To begin with, it is advisable that bettors do their due diligence before placing any bet. Gambling on impulse is not great for a successful betting experience. The more information you know about the teams and market, the better for you.

Another great tip will be to follow the leads and opinions of top tipsters before placing your bets. Following tipsters like Kate Richardson could help to tailor your bets, you can take a look at her analysis and betting tips on many games including her Chelsea vs Manchester City prediction this season.

The Premier League is a contest where no one is sure who would win, nevertheless, there are a lot of reasons why these two teams are regarded as favorites, here are a few:

Squad Depth and Quality

A glance at the squad overview of both teams reveals star-studded lineups with a variety of players to choose from to the extent of creating a Team A, B, and C with quality players. 

Manchester City’s line-up consists of players like;

João Ederson, Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Cancelo, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gündogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus

With players like Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Kyle Walker amongst others on the sideline as backups proves they are indeed worthy to be title winners.

Chelsea Football Club also take pride in the possession of players of high caliber such as;

Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James Ben Chilwell, Ngolo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku. With players like Andreas Christensen, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, amongst others.

Having such a large number of quality players with various holding positions ensures that the team not only play with high intensity and technicality but also, affords them the chance to edge out injuries and provide a solid replacement for players who are indisposed.

Team Mentality: Previous Successes and Silverwares

It is said that the victories of yesterday and the expected trophies of tomorrow are what keep an individual, a team, or an organization focused and motivated through the next phases. The fact that these two teams have won high-rated titles also helps bolster the team’s mentality. Looking back to see the silverware achieved would spur the motivation amidst the team to go do better and even win more. Chelsea and Manchester City have these on their shelves for their check and balances.

Attacking Prowess and Defensive Capabilities

Even though Manchester City doesn’t boast of a target striker since the departure of Sergio Aguero, their attacking threats haven’t dimmed a bit. They are goal-driven, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, and others getting into the forefront and relieving the fact that they do not have a target man. Even defenders, João Cancelo and John Stones are in-form both defensively and offensively, causing a fluidity in attacks and hitting the back of the opponents’ net.

Chelsea on the other hand has a team full of star strikers – the recent purchase of Romelu Lukaku featuring as the costliest forward in the league has further prodded the team’s attacking threats. The likes of Timo Werner, Kai Harvetz, Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Christan Pulisic, Mason Mount, and defenders like Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva have given Chelsea a lot to boast about in terms of scoring goals and guarding against goals. They are a pressing team probing the oppositions’ defenses and scoring goals making them one of the favorites. 

With both teams blessed with attacking options like these, a match like Chelsea vs Man City is something to look forward to.

Caliber of Team Coaches

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel are two names that cannot but be mentioned when talking about skilled and accomplished football coaches. Both managers share several awards, trophies, and silverware amongst themselves.

Guardiola, a coach with a stylish attacking philosophy, having a great accumulation of players should of course be considered a favorite for the premier league title. Having won six league titles of which three of them are the Premier League, there is a very good chance of him coming up with nothing short of a well constructed season that would win him and his team the league title.

Tuchel on the other hand hasn’t won the Premier League, as it is his first full season in the league after leaving the French Ligue 1 where he did win the league title with Paris Saint-German (PSG) in the 2019/2020 season. Regardless of not having been in the Premier League competition, the German is a vibrant coach with great tactical philosophies that can win him and his team the league title as they did in the UEFA Champions League title in the 2020/2021 season. Teams Financial status during the post-COVID era, when a lot of teams are suffering from the effects of the virus on their revenue, these two teams still boast of more than enough to not only sustain the club but also sign more players to join the team. Manchester City, owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan popularly called Sheikh Mansour has a current net worth of about $23 billion.

With a squad price estimated to be around 1.1Billion, the team is deemed to be the second richest club in England following the recent purchase of Newcastle by the Saudi backed public investment fund. Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich boast of a squad value of over €890 million with the club valued at around $12 billion. The financial status of the clubs and their owners shows these two football clubs are more than capable of contending to win the premier league title, thus making them favorites.

Final Notes

Apart from the Blues and the Cityzens, there are other teams that can be said to be contenders for the title. These teams include Liverpool, Manchester United, and to some extent; Tottenham Hotspur. However, going by the current realities, these two teams are better placed to emerge champions at the end of the current season.

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