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.
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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