Chelsea v Birmingham FA Cup Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 18.02.12

Lost First Goalscorer refunds for FA Cup tie

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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