Chelsea friendless ahead of City clash

Plenty of value on offer as Blues form expected to continue

Roberto Mancini: His side are winning plenty of support from punters

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Sky Bet punters are backing Manchester City in their numbers ahead of their visit to Stamford Bridge this Super Sunday.

The arrival of Rafa Benitez has done little to inspire a surge of wagers on the Blues, who are 8/5 joint favourites for the win, with more money lumped on the draw at 5/2 than a home victory.

Carlos Tevez is the most backed player to score first at 6/1, while Fernando Torres has received an increase in popularity since Benitez was named interim Blues boss - he's 7/4 to score in the 90 minutes.

Juan Mata, who is Chelsea's joint-top scorer in all competitions, is 11/4 to add to his league tally of four goals within the 90 minutes and 16/1 to score a brace. The former is an increasingly popular bet ahead of the game.

Roberto Mancini's men have conceded a higher proportion of goals from set-pieces than any other team in the Premier League this term, meaning David Luiz and Gary Cahill are each considered good value at 25/1 to open the scoring.

The Blues have both scored and conceded in their last seven successive league games, and both teams to score is odds-on (1/2) while Chelsea to be ahead at the break but City to finish up the winners has been taken up by many punters at 25/1.

As for correct scores, City to win 2-1 is the runaway leader for value, with many taking up our 20/1 offer, while the visitors to snatch a 2-0 win at 12/1 is also well backed.

Prior to events at Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday, Liverpool travel to the Liberty Stadium having failed to beat Swansea in their last three attempts, but are 11/10 favourites to end that run.

The home side are 23/10 to take all three points, an offer heavily backed by Sky Bet customers, while a repeat of last season's 1-0 win over the Reds is available at 9/1.

The Premier League's top scorer Luis Suarez is the overwhelming favourite to score first at 4/1, while Martin Skrtel is the second most-backed first scorer despite his 25/1 odds.