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Correct Score bets can be tough to call at the best of times, but there is always great value in the market. If you have a pre-match Correct Score bet on the FA Cup final, then there is some extra value to be had with online bookmaker Bet Victor. Head to Bet Victor and get a pre-event Correct Score bet down on Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup betting with them, and you will receive a FREE Correct Score bet to use on the Europa League Final.

The great thing about this is that it doesn’t matter if your FA Cup Final Correct Score bet wins or loses, you will get the Free bet for the Europa League final, between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao regardless. So this is a tremendous value offer from online bookmaker Bet Victor, as they will match the value of your FA Cup Final Correct Stake to give you the free bet on the Europa League final on May 9th.

Just for some guidance in your FA Cup Final Correct Score betting, four of the last five finals have been settled with a 1-0 scoreline, and Saturday’s showdown between the Blues of Roberto Di Matteo and the Reds of Kenny Dalglish is expected to be a tight affair as well. Chelsea have won two of their last three FA Cup’s by a 1-0 scoreline. So that 1-0 Scoreline in Chelsea favour is trading well at 15/2, while a Liverpool 1-0 Correct Score is being offered at 17/2. So great value in the market, and get that bet down before kick off and get yourself a Europa League Cup Final Correct Score bet, absolutely FREE!

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5th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Chelsea Fernando Torres

FA Cup finals have been cagey affairs over the past few years. Four of the last five FA Cup finals have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline. All of the last five have been settled by a one goal winning margin. So that is a trend which is going to probably be worth tracking for Saturday’s final when we look at Chelsea v Liverpool betting. Earlier in the Premier League season, Liverpool came away from Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win, and on paper, it doesn’t look as if there is going to be too much to separate the two sides at Wembley. Both head to the FA Cup showcase on the back of league defeats, both have struggled for goals and both have defences which can stand up to a barrage. So who will conquer Wembley?

There may not be the prospect of many goals, and this could make the First Goalscorer market even more valuable to you. Online bookmaker BetFred are running their Hat-trick Heaven promotion for the FA Cup Final. Back a successful First Goalscorer in the FA Cup Final, and if that player then goes on to score a second goal of the game, then BetFred will double the value of your initial odds. If that successful First Goalscorer nets an FA Cup Final hat-trick, then you will be paid out at treble your original odds. So great value and coverage, and both Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres have netted a hat-trick for their clubs in the past week or so. Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.

Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final Betting Odds at Bet365
Chelsea 7/5, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 9/4

Chelsea suffered a blow in their league campaign to finish fourth, losing at home to Newcastle in midweek. That was just Roberto Di Matteo’s second defeat since taking over at Chelsea, and now they need another big Wembley showing to try and add some gloss to the season. The Champions League finalists have realistically seen their league challenge come to a premature end, and so cup glory is all that is left for them. The Blues have won three of the last five FA Cup finals, most recently in 2009/10. So they have had a good recent history and their talismanic striker Didier Drogba has netted in each of those Chelsea triumphs. Drogba is the man for Chelsea at Wembley, that is his play-ground as he has proved many times before. So the big Ivorian is likely to get the start on Saturday over former Liverpool player Fernando Torres. There are still defensive doubts over both centre halves Gary Cahill and David Luiz.

>Chelsea have won five and Liverpool four of their FA Cup meetings

This is Chelsea’s fourth FA Cup final in six seasons and so they have become a very good cup side. However, their recent form against Liverpool has not been good at all. They have now lost the last four straight against the Reds, who are starting to become a bit of a bogey side for the Blues. But after performing so well against Spurs in the semi final, and the massive defensive efforts against Barcelona in the Champions League semi final, it is Chelsea who head to Wembley as favourites. Despite failing in the league, Chelsea are on the brink of a cup double, and it could start with a strong performance against Liverpool. Chelsea were very flat and devoid of ideas against Newcastle in the week going forward, but they will get their veteran heads like Lampard, Cole, Essien and Drogba in from the start most likely. They have the cup pedigree, they have experience to pull this off. Will it be the Chelsea old guard lifting the trophy once more for the Blues?

>On the three previous occasions Liverpool have triumphed over rivals Everton in the semi finals, they have gone on to lose the final.

As for Liverpool, much has been made of their very poor 2012 in the Premier League, where they have amassed just four wins. The Reds lost at Anfield ahead of the FA Cup final, going down to Fulham 1-0. Boss Kenny Dalglish admittedly made nine changes to the starting line up, as he clearly had more interest in securing a cup double for the season. Liverpool have failed in many departments this season, creativity through the middle of the park, and especially up front. Expensive under-achiever Andy Carroll may get the chance to upstage former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who has been an expensive under-achiever at Chelsea until recent weeks. Liverpool won’t have Charlie Adam, who is out for the rest of the season, but they will look to the massive influence of Steven Gerrard in the middle of the pitch. Up front, the bulk of the responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Luis Suarez, who has the pace and trickery to unlock Chelsea’s back four.

Liverpool have been defensively sound this season, and they have ground out results, and so the FA Cup final could take a long time for someone to make a breakthrough. It all looks too close to call in Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup final betting, and these are two clubs which are not particularly fond of each other. Luck could also be a huge factor in the outcome of the FA Cup final. Without a shadow of a doubt, Liverpool have been unlucky up front this season, as well as being the creators of their own misfortunes. The Reds have hit the woodwork over 30 times this season, while Chelsea have been saved by the woodwork (most notably Lionel Messi’s penalty in the second leg of the Champions League semi final) and goal line clearances. Chelsea have been riding a big wave of luck, including the phantom goal against Spurs in the FA Cup semi final. Will luck run out on the Blues? Are the Reds together as a team and confident enough of taking down the Blues?

>Chelsea have outscored opponents 18-3 on the road to the final. Liverpool have outscored opponent 17-5 en route to Wembley.

 


4th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

PaddyPower

There is a big FA Cup Money Back Special available at popular online bookmaker Paddy Power for Saturday’s big showdown. Chelsea v Liverpool is the big Blues v Reds scenario we have to look forward to for our FA Cup Final betting, as these two rivals go head to head. Both sides have the opportunity to finish the season with a cup double; Liverpool can take the Carling Cup and FA Cup, while Chelsea still have the FA Cup and the Champions League lined up. So it can still be a relatively successful season for both sides, even though they have both suffered disappointing league campaigns this season.

This is the first time that Liverpool have been back in the FA Cup final since the the 2005/06 season when they beat West Ham on penalties. Chelsea on the other hand are making their fourth appearance in six seasons in the final. The Blues have won the previous three and it is Roberto Di Matteo’s men who start as favourites on the weekend at Wembley. It is expected to be a tight game and therefore victory may fall to an individual piece of brilliance on the day, and while Chelsea will be looking for their big talisman Didier Drogba to come up trumps, Liverpool will be relying on Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez is the focus of the Paddy Power FA Cup Money Back Special. If the Liverpool striker scores at any time during the match, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Score cast single bets placed on the match. This provides a huge amount of coverage for your Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup final betting, and Suarez netted a hat-trick in the league just a week ago, so is in good form. But can he do it at Wembley?

The Paddy Power Money Back special will allow you to dip into the aforementioned markets with coverage on them. In the First Goalscorer Market, Didier Drogba, who has netted in each of the last three FA Cup finals for Chelsea is 7/1 favourite, along with former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez himself. So great value to be found in the market, and all bets will be covered by the Paddy Power special. So too in the Correct Score market, where a 1-1 draw is trading as the favourite option at 5/1, but a 1-0 for Chelsea is value at 13/2, and a Liverpool 1-0 at 15/2. Four of the last five FA Cup Finals have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline.

All bets have to be made prior to kick off to qualify, and the maximum limit on this offer is £100 per customer/bet. The offer also only applies to 90 minute betting and not extra time. So great coverage on the FA Cup Final with Paddy Power. The popular bookie offers a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum of £50.


4th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Liverpool Steven Gerrard

Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final betting is what is on the cards for the Wembley showdown for May 5th. Kenny Dalglish’s men overcame Merseyside rivals Everton thanks to Andy Carroll’s late headed winner. That settled the first of the two semi finals, and then Chelsea conquered Tottenham in the London derby at Wembley on Sunday to book their place alongside the Reds. After their convincing semi final win, Chelsea have been installed as favourite now to win the FA Cup, currently at a market best price of 7/10 at Boylesports, with Liverpool behind at 5/4 with Bet365.

Liverpool have already shown their Cup pedigree this season, beating Cardiff in the final of the Carling Cup this season. So, while the Reds have had a hugely disappointing league campaign, they are in line for a good cup double. Chelsea’s triumph over Spurs kept their challenge up for both the FA Cup and the Champions league double. Liverpool last won the FA Cup back in the 2005/06 season, when they beat West Ham, while Chelsea have won the cup in three of the last five seasons. So it is Roberto Di Matteo’s men who are heading the betting for Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final betting.


15th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

FA Cup Winner 2010 (Chelsea)

Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great Tottenham v Chelsea FA Cup semi final betting promotion running for the big afternoon out at Wembley. While we are looking at a Merseyside derby in the other semi, here we have a London derby, just to add some extra tension and pressure on the match. Spurs need a confidence boosting pick me up after they have seen their Premier League form take a nose dive, while Chelsea are being ran ragged by challenges in the Premier League for a top four spot and in the Champions League, as well as the FA Cup. So there is a tremendous amount at stake at Wembley on Sunday, and Paddy Power are covering the match with some insurance.

 

Merseyside derby:
Liverpool v Everton preview

 

If there is a red card shown in this game, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles placed on the match. This means that you can look at all of these Tottenham v Chelsea FA Cup betting markets with a good bit of insurance to back up your bets.

In the first goalscorer market, there are whole host of great options to weigh up. It is Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor who is favourite at 6/1, while Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba are back at 7/1 at and 8/1 respectively. With other great options like Jermain Defoe, Louis Saha and Daniel Sturridge, Frank Lampard and Gareth Bale, there is superb value on offer. In the Correct Score market, a 1-1 draw is the favourite option at 5/1, while a 1-0 triumph for either side can be taken around odds of 8/1. So there are great value bets to be found in all the markets covered by the Paddy Power promotion. The highly rated bookie also offers a free matched bet sign up bonus when opening a new account. So, new customers registering a Paddy Power account can also get a free bet on their new account to get started with. You can’t lose with a free bet!

Tottenham v Chelsea FA Cup semi final Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Spurs 13/8, Chelsea 13/8, Draw 2/1

It really is going to be a bit of a toss up between these two London sides. Spurs are still struggling to find wins in the Premier League, with just one victory in their last eight matches. Included in that run was a 0-0 draw earned at Stamford Bridge, in what was a terribly dour and uninspired affair. There was also another draw between the two sides back at White Hart Lane in December, so this could all come down to a flip of coin so to speak. Tottenham’s problems have stemmed from them showing a lack of confidence in their game. Harry Redknapp’s men had a great swagger and style about them on the ball over the first half of the season, as they played their way into a position of being genuine title contenders. That has all come undone though with a poor second half of the season, and now they are struggling to get over the line to book themselves a top four finish.

Still, the FA Cup could offer a bit of relief for them, as a piece of silverware would just desserts for one of the best footballing sides in the country. Spurs have the undoubted talent and ability with the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale, but they just look nervy and unsure on the ball, all due to their slump in form. Spurs suffered a massive blow at home in the weekend, losing 2-1 against the visiting Norwich. As big of a threat as they can carry when playing well, they are as equally as vulnerable at the moment. But are Chelsea in a position to take advantage of that? Roberto Di Matteo may be lining himself up with a good chance of taking over in the managerial seat permanently, but it could all come crashing down in the space of the next week. The Tottenahm v Chelsea FA Cup semi final is being played just a couple of days before the Blues host Barcelona in the Champions League semi final.

There is also extra pressure on Chelsea, who missed a golden opportunity to draw level with fourth placed Spurs after being pegged back to a 1-1 draw away at Fulham over the Easter weekend. Di Matteo has been shuffling his pack, trying to get a good balance of fresh legs coming into the side, but Chelsea have still produced some very flat and uninspired performances. Fernando Torres is really starting to look like his old self though after having been given a vote of confidence. But there has been a lack of punch from the midfield. Frank Lampard is the club’s top scorer, while the creativity of Juan Mata is unrivalled in the side. Will Chelsea have one eye on the meeting with Barcelona? Will they be saving something for a huge Premier League clash against Arsenal next weekend? Tough to call a winner, an extra time is a real possibility.


14th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

Chelsea v Birmingham FA Cup betting is being covered by a great promotion at online bookmaker Boylesports. The Premier League side should feel more comfortable playing at home, and with the return of Didier Drogba from the Africa Cup of Nations, will be backed to get through. Things haven’t been all to smooth for new Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas this season, but the FA Cup at least represents a very good chance to get some silverware. Will the return of Didier Drogba help give the Londoners a bit of extra cutting edge, or will Fernando Torres get another chance to get amongst the goals? Either way, Boylesports are offering a great Money Back Special for your Chelsea v Birmingham FA Cup betting. Back a First Goalscorer selection in the match, and if your selection fails to open the scoring, but does net the second goal of the game, then Boylesports will refund your lost stake as a free bet. So this gives you a little bit of coverage on your First Goalscorer betting, and is especially good value if you are going for the main protagonists in the match. Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge at 7/2 favourites in the Chelsea v Birmingham First Goalscorer market, while Fernando Torres is back at 9/2. So there is plenty of good options and value in the market, and with the extra insurance from Boylesports, if your First Goalscorer selection fails to score first, but scores second in the match, you will at least get your lost stake refunded. Popular online bookmaker Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £20, giving you a nice bit of free betting cash to enjoy to get started with.

Chelsea v Birmingham FA Cup betting odds
Chelsea to win: 2/7 at Bet365
Draw: 9/2 at SkyBet
Birmingham to win: 11/1 at Bet Victor

Chelsea haven’t been in terrific form of late, not picking up a win in the Prmier League for four matches now, and a hugely disappointing and deserved defeat against Everton last weekend, has put more pressure on Andre Villas Boas. The young manager has really not been able to get things going as well as he would have liked in his first season at the Bridge. He believes that he has the support of owner Roman Abrahmovic, but somewhere, unless results start turning around, he could be out of a job early. Chelsea are most likely going to miss out on the Premier League title, but they are a decent shout for success in the FA Cup. With the two Manchester clubs having already departed the competition, Chelsea are one of the front runners in FA Cup betting to go all of the way this season. Chelsea did come through a tough test away at QPR in the fourth round, where they had to show a bit of battling qualities under pressure. The Blues have simply not penetrated defences enough, and in general the front line has been pretty poor. Only magic from Juan Mata has really sparked the club into life and you can’t help feel that one way or the other, changes in personnel and perhaps manager will come in the summer. The goals have, worryingly, dried up for the Chelsea, who have only scored four goals in their last four Premier League matches (three of those against Man Utd). A Chelsea striker hasn’t scored in the league since December 31st, when Didier Drogba netted from the penalty spot. That has to point to something being just a little off with the system which they are playing. Still, Chelsea are expected to have the quality and class to convert chances at home against a Championship side, and a favourable draw through the competition could see them go all the way.

As for Birmingham, well they are ticking along just nicely in the Championship and pressing hard for a promotion spot back to the Premier League. There is no doubt that boss Chris Hughton has them playing very well at the moment, and they rattled off a four nil away win over Sheffield United in a fourth round replay to set up Chelsea v Birmingham FA Cup betting. Birmingham needed a replay in the third round as well, as they managed to see off rivals Wolves away from home as well. So Birmingham have not lost in the Championship for ten matches now, and are one of the best in form teams in the division. What really has to be noted here is their defence, which could well earn them at least a draw if Chelsea’s front line is misfiring again. Birmingham have only conceded one goal in their last six Championship matches. There are many Premier League teams which would be envious of that run. Still, even with everything not going quite to plan at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are a tough proposition at Stamford Bridge. They have lost three Premier League matches there this season, but have rattled off seven wins and average over two goals per game. But it looks as if Chelsea will have a very hard time breaking down a very organised Birmingham City defence. The longer that the visitors keep Chelsea out, the more they will fancy their chances of taking the London Blues back to St Andrews and then it would really be game on .

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17th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Chelsea - Andre Villas Boas

It is back to FA Cup betting action this weekend as the fourth round swings into action, and QPR v Chelsea betting at Loftus Road should be a cracker. We know the history between these two, because when they met in the league, it was a really ill tempered affair which QPR somehow came away with a 1-0 battling win against their rich London neighbours. There was the whole spat between Chelsea’s John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand as well which is still spilling on to this FA Cup match. QPR have been encouraging Anton Ferdinand to shake John Terry’s hand in an attempt to try and keep things under the boil at Loftus Road, and warnings have been issued to both clubs that punishments will be handed out for any discriminatory or inflammatory language. There is not going to be any love lost between the two sides in QPR v Chelsea FA Cup betting, and it just adds that extra spice for the noon kick off on Saturday. Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas has no intention of leaving John Terry out of the squad for the match and so we can expect another headed affair. QPR got the better of the league match through a slightly dodgy penalty decision in the 10th minute, and while Chelsea controlled most of the game, even when they went down to nine men with Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba getting shown red cards, they couldn’t break through. So what fireworks are to come in QPR v Chelsea FA Cup betting?

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Chelsea will still be favourites to win the match, even though they could only muster up a 0-0 draw away from home against Norwich in the league last weekend. They are lacking a punch up front, with Didier Drogba on international duty and Fernando Torres still mis-firing in front of goal. So new QPR boss Mark Hughes, who saw his side pick up a vital 3-1 win over Wigan in the league last weekend, will sense an opportunity to gun down one of the FA Cup favourites. QPR’s form has been pretty terrible, needing a replay against Macclesfield to reach this stage and they have lost six of their last eight Premier League matches. That poor run of form got Neil Warnock the boot and while they will have one eye on the relegation battle just below them, a decent run in the cup would help their confidence. But it is a thin line for Hughes to tread, dedicating too much time to the FA Cup. QPR do struggle for goals, and if they are going to get past Chelsea, you would imagine that it would be by just one goal and nothing more. Chelsea are still patchy in their form, sometimes brilliant, sometimes scrapping for results and sometimes lethargic and lacking penetration. With the London side being way back in the Premier League title race, Andre Villas Boas will probably be gunning hard for FA Cup success, knowing that he is under pressure to bring trophies to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are likely to pack the extra punch, they have that extra quality, but they can expect a right old scrap from Mark Hughes’ men, who always sets his teams up to be hard to beat.

QPR v Chelsea FA Cup Betting Odds
Chelsea: 8/13 at Bet365
Draw: 3/1 at Bet365
QPR: 4/1 at Totesport


25th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Chelsea - Andre Villas Boas

Chelsea v Portsmouth FA Cup Betting should give Blues boss Andre Villas Boas a bit of a respite from the high pressures of his first season in charge at the Bridge. It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Chelsea, and now they get to enjoy the comforts of home turf against a struggling Championship side. This should be a comfortable afternoon for Chelsea, you would think, but they have been guilty of letting matches slip this season, and nearly did so again after the turn of the new year, needing a late winner from Frank Lampard to pick up three points at Wolves after the Blues had conceded an 84th minute equalizer. That was Chelsea’s only win in their last five league matches, not the rampant kind of form you would expect from a team who are supposed to be challenging for top spot in the Premier League. Still, they are hanging in there, and they are still firing on domestic and European fronts. There have been suggestions of dressing room unrest which have been played down, and now Bolton’s Gary Cahill looks to be the club’s prime target for a quick purchase to tighten things up at the back. Chelsea have had problems at centre half this season, and they have struggled to keep clean sheets. But surely Andre Villas Boas will take a chance here to rest a couple of players and give more game time to certain people like Fernando Torres who needs to find some confidence. Chelsea will be without Ivory Coast duo Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou who are not permitted to play because of international duties with the forthcoming African Cup of Nations. This really shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Chelsea, not at home, as they generally don’t give too much away there (although they have lost ten points at the Bridge this season).

Pompey will look back and see that Chelsea have shown patches of vulnerability at home, as the Blues crashed out of the Carling Cup there against Liverpool. However, what should put the ball even more firmly in the court of the London side in Chelsea v Portsmouth FA Cup betting, is the fact that Portsmouth have been struggling on the road badly this season. They have managed just one league win out of twelve attempts now and the bookies are really not giving Pompey too much of a chance at Stamford Bridge. Pompey boss Michael Appleton has already said that he hopes to avoid getting an FA Cup spanking, so that doesn’t exactly enthuse Portsmouth fans taking the trip up to London. If there was a time for Portsmouth though to pull out a big upset, it would be now. The club are looking for new owners, and it sounds unlikely that the club are going to have any money to spend in the January transfer window to help their position. A win at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup though would do wonders for the coffers and confidence on the south coast.

Chelsea v Portsmouth FA Cup Betting Odds
Chelsea to win: 1/6 at Bet365
Draw: 6/1 at SkyBet
Portsmouth to win: 16/1 at Victor Chandler

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7th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football News

Andre Villas-Boas looks ready to step into the void at Stamford Bridge (now trading at a done-deal price of 1/33 at Stan James), as he becomes the next man in line to try and bring the Champions League to the club. After much Next Chelsea Manager betting speculation about Guus Hiddink being ready to return to the club to take over as permanent boss, followed by former Dutch star Marco van Basten apparently on the brink of taking over, it is the Portuguese man who we have been tipping all along on these pages, looks ready to take charge. After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on the last day of the season after finishing empty handed, Chelsea were ready to look elsewhere to keep up with Manchester United in the league. Chelsea looked a very tired, unimaginative side last year, and so a breath of fresh air was needed. Villas-Boas has quit FC Porto and that really should only mean one thing. A couple of days ago Chelsea said that they wanted a quick resolution to their managerial situation, and a new boss looks ready to step in and stamp his mark. Villas-Boas is one of the most highly regarded young bosses in the game, and led FC Porto to a treble last year, picking up the Portuguese league title without losing a game, winning the Portuguese Cup as well as beating Braga in the final of the Europa League. It is that incredible efficiency which Chelsea are going to be banking on in order to get them some silverware.

There was a release clause in the contract of Villas-Boas, which meant he was free to leave if someone offered just over £13 million to get him. Porto said that they hadn’t received such an offer, but with Villas-Boas resigning, the saga of Next Chelsea manager has pretty much been settled. Villas-Boas, the youngest ever manager to win a European title (at just 33) comes from a very good stable, having been assistant to The Special One Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, Porto and Chelsea. So there is history there between him and the London club, and while Inter Milan were very keen to get the Portuguese man, they would not stump up the money to get him. This is a different breed of manager for Chelsea, someone fresh and new, someone who has dedicated himself to the study of the science of coaching from his teenage years. This is not a footballer who has earned his stripes through playing, this is a man of science. There is an edge about Villas-Boas which should work well at Chelsea, and suddenly the successful days of the Mourinho era at Stamford Bridge will be at the front of the Stamford Bridge fans. But there will be a decisive difference between what Villas-Boas will have to offer over that which Mourinho did for the club. Mourinho was often bemoaned for being too defensive in his approach, happy to take 1-0 wins, while Villas-Boas is probably more of a risk taker, and we can expect a more attacking approach from him.

That is the thing which Chelsea have been lacking. They have not had the courage in conviction in going forward,even with the star names in their squad. That is not to say that defensive is not a big part of the Villas-Boas way, because it is. It all starts at the back and again the key word you can pick up on is efficiency. If the Porto model is anything to go by, then there is going to be a much quicker movement of the ball from the back to the front. He is a big admirer of what Pep Guardiola has done at Barcelona, and while there seems to be a strong organisation of efficiency, he seems to be able to allow individual talent to flourish. With Chelsea targeting big names such as Nilmar, Neymar and Falcao in the summer transfer market, it could be a Chelsea with a different look and feel about them, starting from the managerial position. This is a big stab in the dark from the Chelsea organisation, with owner Roman Abramovich looking to fulfil his obsession about winning the Champions League. But first he must start with the Premier League and chasing down Manchester United. That will be the first place to look at for your Chelsea betting with Andre Villas-Boas in charge. How much will his influence effect your betting options?

Well, Chelsea are at 11/4 with online bookmaker Unibet at the moment to win the 2011/12 Premier League title. That is good value because of course we don’t yet fully know what Villas-Boas will bring, in terms of tactics nor personnel. Still, he is an exciting prospect for Chelsea, a breath of fresh air for the club, and it could just be the very tonic needed for Chelsea to get back in amongst the silverware. Chelsea are 9/1 third favourites now at Victor Chandler to win the Champions League, and 6/1 at VC Bet to win the FA Cup.


22nd June 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News










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