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14th September 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
QPR V Chelsea
This match was remembered more for the red cards and the aftermath of the coming together of John Terry and Anton Ferdinand than anything else. The lucky win for QPR against nine man Chelsea is the result which stands out from last season between these, even though there were two wins for Chelsea over Rangers throughout the season.
QPR v Chelsea Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365:
Chelsea 5/6, Draw 5/2, QPR 7/2
While everyone remembers the shenanigans at Loftus Road in the lead last season, few remember that Chelsea went back there and earned a 1-0 win in the FA Cup and then demolished QPR back at Stamford Bridge. The point is, that result was probably a bit of a freak and it shouldn’t be taken as the norm. Fortunately, because of that result and Chelsea’s not so brilliant away form at the back end of last season, there is value in just backing Chelsea outright. Chelsea haven’t looked in unbeatable form despite their 100% start to the season, but there could be value in taking a Chelsea -0.75 Asian Handicap for a price of 43/40 at online bookmaker Bet365 in this one. They should be a couple of goals better than Rangers.
QPR ended a run of six unbeaten home matches in the league when they lost against Swansea on the opening day of the season
Chelsea have won only two of their last 10 Premier League away matches
QPR’s Bobby Zamora has failed to find the back of the net against Chelsea after facing them 11 times
Eden Hazard has four assists this season and has won two penalty kicks
Chelsea have been awarded a penalty in all three of their league matches this season
Chelsea have been level at half time in just one of their last 12 matches
Head to Head:
In the league, things are standing pretty even in the head to head to be honest. There is a total of 12 wins for QPR and 15 for Chelsea, with 15 draws. Chelsea beat QPR in the FA Cup and then thrashed them 6-1 back at Stamford Bridge in April. In the infamous match at Loftus Road last season, Chelsea picked up two red cards and that has been QPR’s only victory in the last nine matches against their fellow Londoners in all competitions. Chelsea’s 6-1 win was the first time since the 1993/94 Premier League season that a game had been settled by more than a one goal margin when the two sides met.
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QPR v Chelsea Betting Preview:
Even though Rangers boss Mark Hughes drafted in some new players over the summer like Park Ji-Sung, they have really failed to get going as a team. They really have looked like the most disparate side in the Premier League so far this season, getting nothing going as a team whatsoever. Their only point on the board was a 1-1 result against Norwich, which came sandwiched in between two heavy defeats. QPR are wide open at the back and Chelsea should expose that. Interesting boss Mark Hughes has a W2 D2 L10 managerial record against Chelsea, which doesn’t instil confidence either. QPR are really still trying to find their feet in the Premier League this season and they have the worst defensive record so far, conceding an average of three goals per game. Of course there will be memories of the Loftus Road clash last season but the fact that Chelsea picked up two wins over QPR following that shock result last season, shows that that result came a bit out of the blue.
Chelsea have been relying heavily on the creativity, vision and footwork of Eden Hazard so far. The young Belgian has won two penalties and created four assists. Chelsea are still looking to really break in more creative talent like Oscar and former Wigan player Victor Moses. Moses, could really be the one who gives Chelsea a massively extra dynamic dimension with the form that he has been in this season. Chelsea will probably create enough chances to see this game off, but their problems are at the back. They are a bit slow, positioning is still a worry, as seen by the demolition job handed out by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA European Super Cup recently. Chelsea are expected to get back both Ashley Cole and John Terry back in action after missing England duty with their respective injury issues. Chelsea picked up the fewest points of sides in London derbies last season in the Premier League, one less than QPR in fact. But Chelsea have the better fire-power, no doubt QPR will battle hard and try to upset the visitors, but the QPR defence is gifting goals at the moment.
18th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Wigan V Chelsea
Both sides had their struggles last season at the opposite ends of the table. Wigan turned in a wonderful end of season run to pull themselves clear of relegation, while Roberto Di Matteo picked up the pieces of Chelsea’s poor first half of the season, guiding them to FA Cup and Champions League success. A big opener for both, will home advantage set the Latics off on the right foot?
Wigan v Chelsea Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power:
Chelsea 8/13, Draw 11/4, Wigan 5/1
There is a slight concern over Chelsea as their pre-season form was poor and it doesn’t truly look as if Roberto Di Matteo knows what his best side is yet. He is under instructions to produce performances with more attacking flair, so they have to change style as well integrate the few new players they have picked up. Wigan almost got the better of Chelsea twice last season and they will be fired up to claim a big scalp at the start of this season. Chelsea don’t look settled and therefore there could be a bit of value in taking Wigan at +0.75 Asian Handicap for a price of 2/1 at online bookmaker Paddy Power.
Wigan have lost just two of their last eleven Premier League matches
Chelsea have a strong record of eleven wins in 14 EPL matches against Wigan
Wigan have lost just one of the last eight at home in the EPL
Chelsea have won just one of the last nine away EPL matches
Head to Head:
Wigan have managed just two wins of ten home matches played against Chelsea. That should put the Blues in good stead you would think, but they have shared the spoils over the last few meetings, with one draw and a win for each. So things are evenly placed between them, so will Wigan be able to pounce on the time which Chelsea need to gel?
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Wigan v Chelsea Betting Preview:
Wigan very nearly toppled Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in April, and that was after holding the big spending Blues to a 1-1 draw. It will be interesting to see how Wigan get off the mark here, because their end of season form was remarkable of course, and it was what kept them afloat and preserved their Premier League status. Boss Roberto Martinez has stayed loyal to Wigan after they have showed tremendous backing and patience with the Spaniard himself. Martinez did hold talks with Liverpool, but decided to stay with the Latics. They have also managed to hang on to forward Victor Moses despite numerous attempts from Chelsea to snap up the youngster. They have let some players go, like Chris Kirkland, Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallego, while they have brought in Ryo Miyaichi and Ivan Ramis. The Latics won a whole army of new fans for the way they approached their relegation troubles. They never gave up on their football ethic, keeping the ball on the deck and playing some attractive and brave football, which did see them beat the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal along the way. If the Latics can reproduce that end of season form from last term right off the bat then they won’t be anywhere near a relegation fight. But did the best only come out of them once their backs were against the wall?
Chelsea have tried to issue a a changing of the guard, but only new signing Eden Hazard made it into the starting line up for the Community Shield defeat against Manchester City. The rest of the starting eleven were all left over from last season. It would have been interesting if they had picked up Victor Moses who would have faced his previous club out of the gate. So the European Champions may not be too much different from last season and because the Blues finished way down in sixth spot, they could have some major catch up work to do to close the gap on the two Manchester clubs. The Blues’ back line looks a bit of concern, as it is not particularly quick, and they will still be relying heavily on Fernando Torres to come good to help fire them have a strong season. The Blues do look as if they need more to raise a serious title challenge in the league and that will put a tremendous amount of pressure upon the shoulders of Roberto di Matteo. But Chelsea’s off season form was poor and combined with the Community Shield loss, the Blues have lost four matches in a row now. Not great form for the new season from the Blues and the last thing they need is dented confidence. With the power of the Manchester clubs, falling behind early on in the title race is almost going to be a death-knell for Chelsea’s title ambitions.
11th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a money back special running for Man City v Chelsea Community Shield. This great offer is all surrounding City hero Sergio Aguero. The Argentinean star scored the most important goal of City’s Premier League history, as he banged in the late winner to give City the league title. Now will he be the one to open City’s account for the new domestic season in the curtain raiser that is the Community Shield? The match is being held at Villa Park because of the clash with the Olympic Final at Wembley, and if it Sergio Aguero who lights up the scoreboard first, then Paddy Power’s Money Back Special insurance will kick in.
If Sergio Aguero scores first against Chelsea, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. This provides a great deal of coverage because you know that Aguero is going to be a massive threat, especially with Chelsea’s back line looking very unsteady during pre-season. Chelsea lost their last three pre-season friendly matches ahead of the Community Shield, and the settled side of City are expected to take the win. So that could mean value in the Correct Score market where a 2-0 City win is trading at 9/1, and in the First Goalscorer market Carlos Tevez is 6/1 with Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, now the focal point of Chelsea’s attack at 7/1. So great value with the insurance in place.
Man City v Chelsea Community Shield Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Man City 13/10, Chelsea 2/1, Draw 23/10
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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The season opener of Man City v Chelsea Community Shield betting will be with us on the weekend, as the football scene bids farewell to the Olympic Games this big clash takes centre stage. This will be a great indicator of just where the two sides are at ahead of the new Premier League season, with most of the focus being on the defending Premier League champions, Manchester City. Most of the summer talk about Manchester City was whether or not they would be signing want-away Arsenal striker Robin van Persie or not. The hype has died down a little bit and Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has all but ruled out a move for the Dutchman ahead of the new season, saying that it was unlikely they would be getting him. So, ahead of the new season, how have Manchester City been shaping up? Well by and large the early part of their pre-season was pretty dour, offering very little going forward and suffering defeat against Al-Hilal before getting drawn into an awful 0-0 with Dynamo Dresden in Germany. But then they have slowly stepped up the gears, beating Besiktas, Arsenal, Malaysia and Wolfsburg along the way. So they have steadily found their sharpness ahead of the Community Shield
City should be favourites going into the showcase, because it is they who should be carrying over consistency from last season, as opposed to Chelsea who are rebuilding. The fact that City haven’t been very active in the transfer market is a bit of a surprise, and Mancini apparently stated that he was desperate to get a couple of new players into his ranks. This is a massive season for City, the defence of their league title likely to be harder than winning it in the first place. But maybe the lack of transfer activity proves a point that City really don’t need to change too much because they are so good, and they should have the advantage over Chelsea in terms of quality strike power and defensively. City were flying up front last season and tight at the back, so they may really only need small tweaks and that is what will likely give them an advantage over Chelsea. The two sides both earned home 2-1 wins when they met in the Premier League last season.
For Chelsea, the pressure is on Roberto Di Matteo to take Chelsea forward. There was a huge team spirit and defensive effort in seeing them win the Champions League against the odds last season, but owner Roman Abramovich wants to see his play-thing play with style. So Chelsea are in rebuilding mode and will be looking to new players like Eden Hazard and Marko Marin to provide them with a little extra spark. Chelsea look as if they are working towards the famous Spanish tika-taka style, but they are quite a way short at the moment. Chelsea have not been convincing through their pre-season at all, losing their last three matches against the MLS All Stars, AC Milan and rather shockingly, Brighton on the weekend. The Blues were outplayed by the Seagulls and it doesn’t quite look as if Roberto Di Matteo is sure how to set up his side just yet. Chelsea have been lacking serious quality up front and unless Fernando Torres stands up, they will be ruing the loss of Didier Drogba.
The midfield is not settled for Chelsea, it has not gelled properly yet and perhaps most worryingly of all, is that the back line has looked pretty slow and sloppy. So there is more work to be done at Stamford Bridge than there is at the Etihad Stadium ahead of Chelsea v Manchester City Community Shield betting. City’s mean defence is likely to have a pretty easy time against a Chelsea side who are still looking to find their feet.
Chelsea v Man City Community Shield Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man City 5/4, Chelsea 11/5, Draw 9/4
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6th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Well, just like last season, we have the league match up of the FA Cup final just a few days after the Wembley showcase. Chelsea triumphed for the fourth time in six years in the FA Cup final, with goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba beating out Kenny Dalglish’s men. But the two have to knuckle back down to Premier League business on Tuesday night, as both sides jostle for final finishing positions. Chelsea desperately need a win to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive, while Liverpool are playing for pride and trying to secure a top seven finish. But with changes to come in Chelsea’s line up, and with this being a match up of Liverpool’s poor home form against Chelsea’s less than stellar away form, some betting coverage with Bet365’s 0-0 Bore Draw Special may make a bit of sense.
If Liverpool v Chelsea betting ends in a 0-0 draw, then online bookmaker Bet365 will refund lost stakes on any Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Score-cast bets placed on the match. This applies to pre-match bets and it provides good coverage in what could be a bit of a Wembley anti-climax at Anfield. In the Correct Score market, a 1-1 draw is trading as the favourite option for a great price of 11/2, while a Liverpool 1-0 Correct score is just back at 15/2. So good value in the Correct Score market, and also the other ones covered by the Bet365 Bore Draw Special. Online bookmaker Bet365 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £200.
Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Odds at Bet365
Liverpool 6/4, Chelsea 17/10, Draw 5/2 at Bet365
Well, Liverpool start this match as favourites, despite their Wembley defeat to Roberto Di Matteo’s side. That is because, on home soil, you would expect some kind of response from the Anfield crew, at least to bury the misery of a lack-lustre league campaign. They need to give the Kop something to cheer about in their final home game of the season. The Reds have won just once at home during 2012, and that totals up to just one home win in their last eight. Clearly not good enough for a club of their stature. Is it down to inexperience as Kenny Dalglish suggests? Has it been down to luck with the amount of times they have hit the woodwork this season? Poor form from the likes of Jay Spearing, Andy Carroll, Luis Enrique and the usually reliable Pepe Reina have all played their parts. But at least Andy Carroll looks to have come to life over the past few games, and he was the bright spark for Liverpool at Wembley after coming off the bench. He pulled a goal back and was unlucky not to level the match as well, having been denied by a great save from Petr Cech. Andy Carroll is probably worth a look at in the goalscorer markets.
So Liverpool really need to go into this final home fixture of the season with a positive attitude, and frankly, the much maligned Carroll may as well thrown in from the start. Liverpool need to get out of their mould of passing the ball around in their own half and going nowhere with it. They need more conciseness going forward the players should need no motivation in front of the Kop other than redressing their FA Cup final defeat. Liverpool are likely to rest some of the players who were involved in the Wembley spectacle on Saturday. So too Chelsea, as Roberto Di Matteo needs to shuffle his pack once more. He will have one eye on a fourth place finish, which is not guaranteed even in the Blues win on Tuesday, and perhaps a bigger eye on the Champions League Final to come against Bayern Munich. So the likes of Fernando Torres and Michael Essien may well come back into the line up. David Luiz and Gary Cahill probably won’t be ready so John Terry may have to soldier on.
Chelsea had the better of Liverpool at Wembley for two thirds of the game, and they will be hoping for more of the same at Anfield. They haven’t done too well against the Reds though, and that win on Saturday was the first time that Kenny Dalglish had lost to Chelsea in fourteen matches as manager. Chelsea haven’t managed to even score against the Reds in five of their last eight Premier League meetings, so they aren’t taking form up north with them. The Blues have had a poor run on the road as well in general this season, as they have only managed one win in their last eight away matches. However, they are unbeaten in their last three. So, will Chelsea’s confidence be high enough to go and control the game at Anfield, or will the distractions of the Champions League Final, coupled with Liverpool’s desire to do something right in front of their fans finally put paid to Di Matteo’s hopes of a fourth place finish? Chelsea start five points back of fourth placed Spurs and have to win this to stand a chance on the final day of the season.
Prediction: Liverpool have to be better, and have one last chance to shine in front of their home fans. Daglish needs the win, the Reds need the win. The Blues need the win too, but their poor away form, change of personnel and Champions League distraction will probably hand a narrow advantage to the home side.
23rd April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Chelsea’s talismanic striker Didier Drogba has travelled with the squad to Spain, ahead of their Champions League semi final second leg match against Barcelona on Tuesday night. It was Drogba who scored the vital and only goal in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea defence just about holding out against the threat of Lionel Messi and co. It means that Chelsea have an advantage that Barcelona didn’t get an away goal, and the Blues will know that a goal at the Nou Camp would mean that the defending European Champions would have to go out and score three goals. So Roberto Di Matteo’s men do have the potential of away goals on their side and that could be a huge factor. The Blues will look to Didier Drogba, their big game player to put in another powerful performance up front for them on Tuesday.
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The great promotion from the online bookmaker means that you can go and look at markets like the First Goalscorer coupon, where Lionel Messi 9/4 favourite to open the scoring. While Chelsea do hold a slender lead, it is Barcelona who are dominating the betting, as they are still the favourites to get through to the final with this second leg back on home soil. A Barcelona 2-0 Correct Score option is favourite price of 6/1 at Blue Square, again, a bet which is covered by the Money Back Special. Can Chelsea defy the odds and get the result they need out in the Nou Camp?
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23rd April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Champions League Betting
What are the odds that the Blues can hold out for a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp in Barcelona v Chelsea betting? Well, pretty long to be honest, but after shutting out Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, if Chelsea managed to hold out to a 0-0 draw, then there would be some betting coverage kicking in from the highly popular Bet365. The highly rated bookie offers a 0-0 Bore Draw Money Back Special for all matches included in their sportsbook. This promotion means that you will get lost stake refunds on the Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time and Scorecast bets on the match, if the game ends as a 0-0 draw.
The offer provides some good coverage on the match betting, where a 2-0 Barcelona Correct Score is trading as the favourite option at 6/1, and in the Half Time/Full Time Barcelona v Chelsea betting market, a Draw/Barcelona option Is priced at 4/1. So good value and coverage in your Barcelona v Chelsea Champions League betting, should the match end up in a 0-0 thanks to the Bet365 Money Back Special. That result of course would send Chelsea through to the finals, but they will need another one of the tremendous defensive efforts which they put in last week at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona v Chelsea Betting
Barcelona to win: 1/4 at Bet365
Draw: 5/1 at SkyBet
Chelsea to win: 11/1 at Totesport
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Chelsea can go to the Nou Camp and lose and still get through. They can go there and hold out for a draw and get through. That is the general upshot of what the Blues face in the second leg of their Champions League semi final against Barcelona. Chelsea hold a one goal lead heading to the Nou Camp, which means that even if they lost by a one goal margin on Tuesday, they would get through. So the Blues did put themselves in the driving seat to some respect, thanks to Didier Drogba’s goal at Stamford Bridge. It was a very disciplined and defensively organised display which saw Chelsea steal the win against the defending European Champions, but that of course means that only half of the job has been done, and no doubt the defence will come under even more pressure than it did in the first leg.
There are some positive notes is that Chelsea have held out for a draw on their last three visits to the Nou Camp, even though the Blues have not ever won there. This is of course a rematch of the dramatic 2009 Champions League final, which Barca dramatically won at the death of the second leg at Stamford Bridge. So will it be roles reversed this time around? Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo had to shuffle his pack for Saturday’s crucial Premier League trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, which ended up in a 0-0 draw. Di Matteo made eight changes to the starting line up from the Barcelona first leg. So the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard should be back in the starting eleven, as Di Matteo goes in search of his biggest result yet as interim Chelsea manager. With a return to the Champions League looking less and less likely through a top four finish in the league, will Chelsea surprise the pack by going all the way in the tournament itself? Chelsea’s away record in Spain is W3 D5 L5, which included a draw against Valencia in this season’s group stage.
This is Barcelona’s fifth straight semi final in the Champions League, but they have lost back to back games now heading into this second leg. After losing the first leg of the semi final at Stamford Bridge, Barcelona lost to bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in a La Liga title decider. Barcelona of course have the ability to keep the ball for such long periods of the game, that the opposition have no option but to chase shadows. They racked up 80% of possession at Stamford Bridge and they created 24 chances. They then look for Lionel Messi who hangs around the space between the opposition’s defence and midfield. But Chelsea did sheppard him well, Gary Cahill in particular throwing his body on the line on a lot of occasions. But the weight of Chelsea’s task keeps growing when you look at stats. Barcelona haven’t lost in their last 15 European home matches now, and they have racked up thirteen wins in that run. Barcelona have a W15 D10 L2 record at home against English sides in Europe.
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At home this season in all competitions, Barcelona have P31 W27 D3 L1 GF 105 GA 18 and therefore Chelsea have a big hill to climb still. Barcelona have won tour and lost four semi finals against English opponents, but Chelsea are faring worse because they have lost all three European semi finals against Spanish opponents. The tie is balanced because of Chelsea’s first leg lead, but the general consensus is that in Barcelona v Chelsea betting, the home side are still the firm favourites But a goal for Chelsea would leave Barcelona need three on the night, so those are the margins. But after the number of chances that Lionel Messi and co carved out, and they were unlucky because of the woodwork and goal line clearances, suggest that Barcelona could still run out comfortable winners. Although they were undone by Real Madrid on Saturday at the Nou Camp, all that proved is that it takes a very special team to beat them. Are Chelsea that special?
23rd April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Chelsea take a slender 1-0 lead to Spain with them, and they are waiting on the fitness of first leg hero Didier Drogba. The veteran Ivorian scored the only goal of the game, giving Chelsea a small advantage for the second leg. Chelsea’s brilliant defensive effort shut out Barcelona from scoring an away goal, and with them closing out Lionel Messi, it means that the little genius has failed to score in seven matches against the Blues. Another good omen for Chelsea’s trip to the Nou Camp, is that they have earned a draw there on each of their last three visits. A draw would be good enough to see them through to the Champions League final.
So the Blues could come away with a triumphant draw, or they could even lose by a one goal margin (except a 1-0 defeat) and still qualify. As long as they get on the score-sheet and lose by no more than a one goal margin, Roberto Di Matteo will have lead the club through to the final, to be held in Munich, against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. So Tuesday night is going to be all about Chelsea doing what they have to do in order to qualify, which can be done with a negative result on the night. Qualifying is all that matters right now, and it around Chelsea’s qualifying for the final that Ladbrokes have built their Special for Barcelona v Chelsea betting.
If Chelsea qualify for the Champions League final on Tuesday night, then Ladbrokes will double the odds on winning First Goalscorer bets for the second leg. So there is the chance to double your winnings with this great promotion. Naturally the first place to look in the First Goalscorer market is at Lionel Messi, who is 7/4 favourite. Alexis Sanchez is trading at 5/1, while Pedro and Cesc Fabregas are at 6/1. Chelsea’s top option in the market is Didier Drogba, who is out at 10/1 with Ladbrokes, but Di Matteo has said that Chelsea will have a positive attitude and knows that they need to get an away goal.
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21st April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Little doubt about the big game in the Premier League on the weekend, as Saturday we have a look at Arsenal v Chelsea betting, which will have a big say in the final places in the top four. Chelsea need the win much more desperately than Arsenal, and defeat at the Emirates for Roberto Di Matteo’s men, could really scupper their chances of booking a Champions League place for next season. Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great Money Back Special running for Arsenal v Chelsea betting. There is, without doubt a wealth of forward talent on the pitch, from Robin van Persie to Didier Drogba. So there is the potential for goals in this crucial top four battle. The two sides produced an eight goal thriller earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal winning 5-3.
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Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Odds
Arsenal to win: 21/20 at Paddy Power
Draw: 27/10 at Bet Victor
Chelsea to win: 11/4 at Bet365
The Gunners look the part for a third place finish in the league, and they take a seven point lead over 6th placed Chelsea into this fixture. So the Gunners do have a bit of breathing space for a top four finish, and a win here could put them well in control. The Gunners have earned their position well, with a very strong run of form since the start of February, and they have won nine of the last eleven matches. Although they have lost two of their last four, including their last outing at home against Wigan Athletic, they are still in pretty strong shape. That home defeat against Wigan, was only their third home defeat of the season, and they have a W12 D2 L3 record for the season. They have the unquestionable prowess of Robin van Persie up front, and he has helped them score in all but one of their home games this season. The Gunners average over two goals per game at home, and their defence, by and large has been very solid, keeping four clean sheets in their last six matches. Can they get the win which will likely finish off their London rivals’ chance of a top four finish? Arsenal have held a pretty home strong record against the Blues, losing just three of the last nineteen matches. The Gunners have lost Mikel Arteta for the rest of the season through injury.
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Chelsea must quickly come down from the euphoria of beating Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blues scraped a 1-0 win, thanks largely to a massive defensive effort and huge slices of luck. The Blues suffered a heavy 5-3 at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal earlier in the season, and really need to reverse that on Saturday. Chelsea have still lost only one match since Roberto Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas Boas, but again, luck has played a huge factor in their progress. They were lucky to beat Wigan, they were lucky to be awarded a goal that never was in the FA Cup semi final versus Spurs, they were luckily saved by the woodwork on a couple of occasions against Barcelona, and the list can go on. But if luck is on your side, then you have to roll with it. Maybe all this luck will translate into success for Chelsea on all fronts. Chelsea’s away form is nothing to write home about still, as they have only won one of their last seven matches on the road. So they will go as underdogs here, especially based on Arsenal’s good home form. But this is another crucial match for Chelsea, and it is awkwardly sandwiched in between the two Champions League semi final matches. The Blues expended a lot of energy in shutting Barcelona out, so they will probably need to shuffle their pack and Fernando Torres could spell Didier Drogba ahead of the trip to Spain, but Drogba has a great goal scoring record against the Gunners.
14th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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.