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Chelsea v Manchester United 13/03/17

Chelsea v Manchester United betting preview

The Emirates FA Cup takes centre stage in the next few days with Monday night’s quarter-final tie between Chelsea and Manchester United headlining.

Both teams would have fancied their chances of going all the way in this year’s competition but the draw hasn’t done either any favours.

Betting site Ladbrokes have priced up Antonio Conte’s side as the 5/6 (1.83) favourites to win the tie with United the 7/2 (4.50) outsiders and the draw a 12/5 (3.40) shot.

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But that’s not all this top UK bookmaker is putting on the table.

Having seen his side dismantled 4-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be eager to avoid a repeat.

However, if you think the Blues will be too strong for a United team missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic then get on the 13/2 (7.50) for Chelsea -2.

Usual suspect Diego Costa has netted in each of the Blues’ last three games, as well as in his side’s last FA Cup game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Spain international is 5/1 (6.0) to net first at Stamford Bridge while it’s 7/2 (4.50) for compatriot Pedro to score in a home win.

Elsewhere, sports betting giant Ladbrokes have a number of tempting FA Cup odds on the away side.

Marcus Rashford is 5/2 (3.50) to get on the scoresheet at any time while it’s 7/4 (2.75) for the Old Trafford outfit to qualify for the semi-finals.

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Leicester City Vs Chelsea 14/01/17 Betting Preview

Leicester City v Chelsea: Waiting for goals looks the way to go

The reigning Premier League champions play host to the current league leaders in a game which sees plenty of sub-plots come to the fore. Leicester City’s win over Chelsea in this fixture last season not only kept the Foxes on track for their maiden top flight title but it also signalled the end of Jose Mourinho’s time in charge. Again.

Add to that the intrigue of N’Golo Kante returning to his former club, plus the fact that it was the visitors who ultimately handed the Foxes their title victory last term with a draw against nearest challengers Tottenham, and there are plenty of talking points at the King Power.

Leicester vs Chelsea Match Preview
Chelsea are unsurprisingly the favourites, despite a defeat to Spurs bringing their consecutive winning streak to a halt before they could break Arsenal’s record of 14, the away win is just 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power who go 9/2 (5.50) on the Foxes claiming a considerable scalp and the draw is 11/4 (3.75).
That 4/6 (1.67) is actually an industry best price at the time of writing and while Antonio Conte’s men are the most likely victors, there could be better spots to get involved rather than backing them at such a short price.

One thing this fixture usually brings is goals. Chelsea won 3-0 in the reverse game earlier this season while the two played out a pulsating EFL Cup clash on this ground a few months back which the Londoners eventually won 4-2 after extra time, having turned around a 2-0 deficit.

The last seven head-to-head meetings have seen 27 goals, an average of 3.85 per game and so over 2.5 goals here could be popular at 4/5 (1.80) but it’s the under 2.5 goals line at 10/11 (1.91) which is being backed in the run up to kick off.

That actually isn’t too surprising, Chelsea’s best attribute is their solid defence and although it’s been breached more regularly in recent weeks, they’re still a very solid outfit. Considering Claudio Ranieri is without both Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez who are on international duty, this could be a little cagier than usual.

The home side may also be about to switch from their favoured 4-4-2 formation to a 4-3-3, packing the centre of midfield with fit again Danny Drinkwater, summer signing Nampalys Mendy and recent acquisition Wilfred N’didi, who impressed in the FA Cup win over Everton a week ago where the team first tried out this new approach.

That could mean the home side are much more compact than they have been thus far and could lead us to a couple of worthwhile wagers. Chelsea have often taken their time to break sides down, especially on the road where the Blues haven’t scored a league goal before the 40th minute in any of their previous five games.

One angle could be to back the first goal to come after the 27th minute at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power. Another possible punt looks to be the second half to be the highest scoring considering Leicester have netted 62.5% of their league goals after the interval and Chelsea’s stats are 61.9% this term. The recent history may suggest a high-scoring game but the changes in these two sides’ modus operandi could lead us to a profitable strategy opposing too much early action.

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Tottenham Vs Chelsea Betting Preview

Tottenham v Chelsea Preview: Take a chance on the leaders continuing their winning run

Chelsea’s last trip to Tottenham was perhaps one of the most pivotal in Premier League history. That game ended 2-2, with the Blues fighting back from 2-0 down to scupper their London rivals’ already slim chances of overhauling Leicester City in the title race.

This time around it will be Spurs who are looking to spoil the party as Antonio Conte’s men not only come into this clash well clear of the chasing pack at the top of the table but also hunting down a record of their own. A victory here, priced at 7/4 (2.75) by Coral, would see them equal Arsenal’s tally of 14 consecutive Premier League wins.

In what looks an even game according to the bookmakers, Coral go 17/10 (2.70) about Mauricio Pochettino stopping the Blues in their tracks with a win. The draw, which could well prove popular given how tricky these two teams are to split in the betting, is a 23/10 (3.30) chance.
Perhaps the most impressive element of Chelsea’s incredible transformation has been the shift to a three-man defence and how tight they have become as a result. Having leaked just four times in their record-equalling run, there is bound to be some interest in backing the visitors to secure another shut out. Conte’s men are 4/1 (5.0) to keep Spurs at bay while extending their winning streak, elsewhere both teams to score is a 7/10 (1.70) chance.
Clearly the odds compilers believe that the home side have the weapons to unlock what 10 teams in Chelsea’s previous 13 matches have failed to do and while Pochettino’s side come into this match off the back of a four-game winning run, the quality of opposition (Hull, Burnley, Southampton and Watford) doesn’t mean they’re a sure bet to get on the score sheet.

That despite the considerable talents of Harry Kane, who regularly thrives in these all-London affairs. He’s 6/4 (2.50) to score anytime with Coral. Meanwhile, Diego Costa leads that particular market at 6/5 (2.20) after making a scoring return to the side following his suspension against Bournemouth.

The best bet though, could be taking the Draw No Bet insurance on a Chelsea victory. This means that if the match finishes all square then your stake will be returned while still offering tasty enough odds of 19/20 (1.95) on the away victory. With the Blues in such good form, it is rare that the price offered will allow punters to expect nearly a 100% return on their money should they collect three points, plus, have the safety net of the draw meaning a push.

Whether or not Conte’s defence is strong enough to withstand the home sides’ advances remains to be seen but the chance to back them at 19/20 (1.95) on a Draw no Bet basis certainly makes plenty of appeal. The away side have had an extra day to prepare for this clash and that could prove crucial in what has been a frantic festive period for most top flight sides.

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Preview:

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Preview:

Undoubtedly the game of the Premier League weekend looks to be the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte’s men come into this gameweek top of the table after really finding their stride under the Italian boss of late.

The Blues are the odds on favourites at 8/11 (1.73) with SkyBet to record what would be their seventh straight win in this competition, a run that is made even more impressive when you consider each of those victories has come with a clean sheet. The last time Chelsea conceded a Premier League goal was back on 24th October when a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Arsenal forced Conte into a formation change.

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That 3-4-3 has worked wonders and Spurs will have to be at their best to take anything from a stadium where they haven’t won in 25 years. The online bookmakers are 18/5 (4.60) that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will win and buck that trend and snap the hosts’ winning streak. A draw is 14/5 (3.80) with the same firm.

The Argentinian boss drew criticism for his midweek team selection as Spurs crashed out of the Champions League after just five matches of the group stage. The odds suggest it’s an uphill task to even start to vindicate that decision by taking anything from this encounter and it’s Chelsea who look the side to be with in the markets in some capacity.

While the order of the day has been low-scoring wins on the road for Chelsea, at home they’ve flexed their attacking muscle, hitting 5 against Everton, 4 when hosting Manchester United and 3 when Leicester City visited south-west London. It’s just 8/11 (1.73) that we see another game with at least three goals here and Even money (2.0) on no more than two being netted during the 90 minutes.

One man who could contribute to any potential tally is Harry Kane. Back from injury, the England international will be looking to extend his impressive scoring record in London derbies where he has 17 goals in 16 games. SkyBet go 15/2 (8.50) that Kane breaks the deadlock and 15/8 (2.88) that the Spurs front man nets at anytime.

The home team have had a week to prepare due to no European football and another win to nil is priced at 21/10 (3.10). Those odds are actually drifting from the initial quotes, perhaps due to Tottenham resting a couple of first string players against Monaco but the visitors have an uphill task on their hands to leave Stamford Bridge with even a share of the spoils.

The best wager though, could come in the form of Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) with SkyBet.

Spurs are capable of snapping this brilliant defensive streak of their London rivals so it could pay to take a shorter price than the win to nil option. That said, Conte’s side are capable of covering this line on their own if the visitors aren’t on their game. It’s landed in each of six of the Blues’ seven home games in all competitions this season and looks a good option again ahead of Saturday night’s clash.