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Huddersfield v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th August 2018

Huddersfield
Huddersfield v Chelsea Betting Tips - Premier League, 11th August 3.00pm It has been a summer of ill-preparation for Chelsea really. The saga of their managerial change just dragged on and on, leaving new boss Maurizio Sarri with not much time to implement his plans nor build the squad that he wants. Will the Blues have a tough afternoon as they head out on the road on the weekend for their first Premier League fixture of the season? Huddersfield did a tremendous job of staying up last term. Can the cause an upset here?

Huddersfield News and Form

Huddersfield can be really proud of their efforts last season as they got themselves safe which was their number one goal. Inside their final three games, they did take a draw against both Man City and Chelsea to help ensure survival which just epitomises the style and work ethic that David Wagner has installed at the club. The Terriers collected a W6 D5 L8 record on home soil last season in the top flight but overall one of their big problems was a lack of goals. They managed just an average of 0.8 goals per home game last season and we don’t see their output really going up all that much more. We are looking under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) for our Huddersfield v Chelsea betting tips. We can back that up with a stat as well because each of Huddersfield's last ten games in the English top flight have finished under the goal line. Troubling for them though they have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 home games in the top flight. Overall home and away they won just one of their last ten.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues don’t look to be a very settled club at the moment and new boss Maurizio Sarri has some work to do there. He has admitted he may need around three months to get things going. He hasn’t had a lot of time to settle into the club and he hasn’t got the greatest of squads at his disposal either, certainly, it doesn't look like a title-winning one. Their defence has been a bit of a concern over the summer and they are crying out for a goalscorer as well with Alvaro Morata looking so short on confidence. We are going to take a punt on both teams not to score at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) as we see this being a low scoring affair. There just hasn’t been the major moves from them in the summer transfer market which is really going to take them forward. By the same token they aren’t likely to trust their youngsters. So there could be a tricky start to the new season for Chelsea who earned a W10 D3 L6 record on the road last season but they lost four of their last seven games away from home.

Huddersfield v Chelsea Head to Head

Chelsea collected four points from their two matches in the top flight against the Terriers last season. The Blues banked a 3-1 win on the road before a 1-1 draw back at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in their last four games against the Terriers but both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings.

Huddersfield v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 8/13 Draw 14/5 Huddersfield 9/2 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)

Huddersfield v Chelsea Predictions

Draw: We can’t see past the draw in this one. Chelsea haven’t looked anything special and so far there has been no sign of Sarri’s much-lauded style happening. That is going to need more time. So there is a great chance for the Terriers to pull out the stops with some early season enthusiasm and land a point here.
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Chelsea Premier League 2018/19 Preview Betting Odds & Predictions

Chelsea
Managing Chelsea has to be one of the toughest jobs in the business. Just 14 months after landing the club the Premier League title, Antonio Conte was given the boot. Things started falling apart for Chelsea early last season and there were big question marks over whether or not the Italian was actually going to last the entire season. He did and he managed to get them the FA Cup title as well. But that wasn’t enough and out the door (eventually) he went. In comes former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri now to bring his flair to the English top flight. The style of Sarri is comparable to that of Pep Guardiola’s. But will Chelsea have the quality left in their squad to fully implement the plans for the Italian? This is a huge summer for the Blues because there have been heavy transfer market rumours around the likes of Willian, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. If even most of them go, with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG knocking on the door, then Chelsea’ plans of success for the forthcoming season could be scuppered. The Blues are 11/8 at William Hill* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm) to be the Top London Club for the Premier League 2018/19 season and that will be down to Sarri. His Napoli side, who were a thrill to watch last season, almost upset Juventus’s reign in Serie A last term. But again we have to look at the personnel. Sarri’s style, much like Guardiola's is a physically demanding one and we can see big problems in that for the Blues particularly in midfield. They look really short in there despite the arrival of playmaker Jorginho. It may be a season where Chelsea have to put a lot of trust in some of their youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and the promising forward Callum Hudson-Odoi. Another issue that they could have is in the goalscoring department. If you look at the Premier League Top Goalscorer market for the forthcoming season, you see big threats from the other big six in the league, but Chelsea’s main man Alvaro Morata is out there at a huge 33/1 price* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). He looked totally lost last season and out of his depth in the Premier League and his pre-season wasn’t all that much better. But the Blues don’t really seem to have a backup plan in place to compensate. Again, that all gets worse if Willian and Hazard depart.

Premier League Outright Winner Odds*

Manchester City 4/6 Liverpool 4/1 Man Utd 7/1 Chelsea 12/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 20/1 Bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from William Hill on August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm) This is going to be a tough season for Chelsea who will be taking part in this season’s Europa League with those awkward Thursday night arrangements. Their primary goal for the season will be to get back into the top four of the Premier League and back to the UEFA Champions League and they are 4/6 odds to do that* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). If they sacrifice the Europa League their odds of doing that will be increased. The big issue for the Blues is just what kind of squad they are going to be lining up with. There hasn’t been much activity from them so far aside from midfielder Jorginho and their ambitions are going to be severely tested when the big offers for their big players start rolling in. Are Chelsea going to have to end up being a selling club? To that end, Sarri does tend to operate with just a few central figures to his plans and plug the gaps around them, but he’s not a manager who has really given youth a big chance in his career. Hazard, Kante and Courtois are irreplaceable and the house of cards could fall if they depart.

Fixture List

The Blues open their account against Huddersfield away from home on the opening weekend of the season. Chelsea have won just one of their last three opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L1). Chelsea are 8/15 to land the victory in that one, but then they go follow that up with a big test. They play host to London rivals Arsenal on August 18th in a tough match up for them against an Arsenal side who are pretty much in the same boat as they are. The back end of the season isn’t all that bad for the Blues really. From the start of March, they only have to face two of the other Big Six in the league (Liverpool and Man Utd) in their final ten matches of the term.

Prediction

The quality of the squad just doesn’t appear to be there for the Blues at all. Sales could impact that further and further as well. Sarri’s style demands a lot of physical exertion and output and we don't see the current Chelsea midfield with the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater fitting into those plans all that well. You get the feeling that the club won’t get a better time to really tear up their blueprint and just go for youth. The Sarriball style can deliver a lot of attacking thrills as we saw from the powerful Napoli attack last term. We just don’t see Chelsea starting the season with the squad to pull it off though and cannot pass up the chance of 6/5 odds on them to NOT finish in the top four* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm).
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Chelsea v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 5th August 2018

Football Betting
Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tips - Community Shield, 5th August 3.00pm The start of the new English domestic season is here with the Community Shield being played on Sunday. This is the curtain raiser to the new season and this year’s edition sees Premier League champions Manchester City stepping out at Wembley against FA Cup holders Chelsea. Both teams have had busy summers with players active in the World Cup and understrength squads taking part in the International Champions Cup. We can expect to see two full strength teams scrapping it out on the weekend though.

Chelsea News and Form

Maurizio Sarri has been having an important look at his new squad through action at the International Champions Cup, where the Blues have had one of the stronger squads out. He needs as much game time to view his options and get his new system implemented. Now Sarri gets his first taste of English football as Chelsea step out at Wembley to take on Man City on the weekend in the Community Shield. Chelsea have looked positive in their approach in the ICC and the Blues are in the Community Shield on the back of their FA Cup success earlier this year. The Blues are four-time winners of the Community Shield four times in their history but haven't worn it since 2009, despite putting in four appearances since then. There were in last season’s Community Shield when they lost out to London rivals Arsenal. Alvaro Morata had a disappointing season for the Blues last term, but the Spaniard seems to be fitting into Sarri’s new system well and looked sharp at the ICC. The Spaniard, who missed the World Cup, is a 19/10 anytime goalscorer option for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) as he will remain the focal point of Chelsea’s attack. A win in this one over the Citizens would give Chelsea a good shot of confidence ahead of the new season. It would be a good positive motivator for Saree. Both teams to score is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) and that is one of our top betting predictions for Chelsea v Manchester City betting on the weekend.

Manchester City News and Form

Like Chelsea, Manchester City were also involved in the International Champions Cup. The difference though was that City were massively understrength, with only a handful of first teamers like Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane in action. So Guardiola has been using the time to look at his youth and they haven’t disappointed really. Guardiola will naturally be calling on more of those players who were involved in the World Cup to take part in this one and in the bet365 first goalscorer market it is Sergio Aguero who is the 7/2 outright favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) the rumours of him joining Real Madrid dying down. Manchester City won the Premier League at a canter last season and they are favourites for more domestic success this season. Just like Chelsea, Manchester City have won the Community Shield four times in their history and the last time they got it was in 2012 with a 3-2 win over yes, Chelsea. The shortest-priced option in the bet365 correct score market for this one is a 1-1 draw which is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.). The Citizens have actually lost two of their last three Community Shield appearances, going down 3-2 against Man Utd in 2011 and then 3-0 against Arsenal in 2014.

Chelsea v Manchester City Head to Head

Manchester City took 1-0 wins in both league meetings with Chelsea last season and things are even over the last six meetings in all competitions with three wins each. The only time they met in the Community shield was in 2012 with City winning 3-2.

Chelsea v Manchester City Head to Head

Manchester City took 1-0 wins in both league meetings with Chelsea last season and things are even over the last six meetings in all competitions with three wins each. The only time they met in the Community shield was in 2012 with City winning 3-2.

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 19/20 Draw 13/5 Chelsea 13/5 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.)

Chelsea v Manchester City Predictions

Chelsea to win: This looks to be as good as a time as any to oppose Manchester City. Chelsea have been fielding stronger sides in the summer than the Citizens have been doing and therefore could just have that little bit of an edge on the day.
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Arsenal v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 31 July 2018

European Football
Arsenal v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds - 31 July 2018 As part of the International Champions Cup, this is officially the London Derby. It’s not being played in the English capital though instead, the two Premier League sides will be meeting in Dublin. Arsenal have played their previous two games at the ICC out in Singapore and this will be their last action in it. This is Chelsea’s second game of the ICC having won a penalty shootout against Inter Milan to open up with.

Arsenal News and Form

The Gunners banked a draw with Atletico Madrid in their opening fixture of the ICC and went on to lose the penalty shoot-out in that match. Following that they took on PSG and collected a big 5-1 win even though the French Champions have nothing more than a youth squad with them really. But there have been summer positives than for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery and they have been using first team players like Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai is apparently a disciplinarian so he is going to be working hard to drag Arsenal into shape and he seems to be pushing them hard so far. That totals up to them showing a fairly strong hand in that game and because of that we are looking at the option of both teams to score at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.). The Gunners have strengthened their back line over the summer through transfers and this could be their first real big test.

Chelsea News and Form

Just like Arsenal, Chelsea have a fairly strong squad with them for the ICC. They fielded quite a few first-team players in their contest against Inter Milan which ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea went on to win the penalty shootout. We have seen the likes of Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata who have all been out in action so far as the Blues. Naturally, new boss, Maurizio Sarri needs a good strong look at the bulk of his squad as he has hasn't had a lot of time to get his new system across after joining the club late in the summer. But they played pretty well against Inter Milan and were getting forward well. There should be enough in this one to send the game over 2.5 goals which is at 5/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.). Chelsea still have one game to come in the ICC after this which is against Lyon on the 7th, just two days after they have met Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Arsenal v Chelsea Head to Head

There is plenty of history between these two of course and they met five times last season. Arsenal won the Community Shield last summer against the Blues in a penalty shootout. The two Premier League meetings were drawn and then the Gunners got the better of their London rivals again in the League Cup.

Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Arsenal 13/10 Chelsea 31/20 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.)

Arsenal v Chelsea Predictions

Arsenal to win: The Gunners have done alright so far and they will have a bit of confidence going after smashing (albeit an underweight) PSG side. Chelsea are still trying to find themselves under Maurizio Sarri and haven’t gotten their positing figure out yet.
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Chelsea v Inter Milan Predictions & Betting Odds – 28th July 2018

Football Betting
Chelsea v Inter Milan Betting Tips - International Champions Cup, 28th July 7.00pm This is the first game of the summer’s International Champions Cup for both of these sides. They will be meeting up in Nice to contest this one and new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will probably be treating these quite seriously as he hasn’t had a lot of time to work with the club after taking over late in the summer from Antonio Conte. Inter Milan are sticking with head coach Luciano Spalletti who got them a fourth-place finish in Serie A last term.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea have been globetrotting as they took on Perth Glory in new manager Maurizio Sarri's first game in charge of the club. He went with a fairly strong side as well, giving run-outs to 19 players in total, including new summer signing Jorginho, Cesc Fàbregas, David Luiz, Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley. Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win down under thanks to a goal from Pedro. They will take on familiar opposition for new boss Maurizio Sarri next, in the form of Inter Milan. Sarri needs this time with the club having been brought in so late in the summer and so it’s important for him to assess the squad fully here. They haven’t really been that hyped up in transfer market business really other than potentially big stars like Thibaut Courtois and Hazard leaving. We are leaning on this one going under 2.5 goals which is at 43/40 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:33 p.m.). Chelsea were poor defensively last season and Sarri likes to keep things shipshape at the back. Following this, Chelsea will meet London rivals Arsenal in Dublin before rounding out their International Champions Cup action with a home game against Lyon.

Inter Milan News and Form

Inter Milan have put out some steady business over the summer, as they look just to solidify the decent crop of players that they have. Their big signing was Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in as they aim to try and improve on their fourth place in Serie A last season. Other additions have been in Kwadwo Asamoah from Juventus on a free. Inter have played four summer pre-season friendly games, winning the first and not getting one in any of their last three. In their last two, they played out a 3-3 draw against Zenit St Petersburg before going to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United which ended in a 1-1 draw. So their defence has been vulnerable over the summer so there should be chances for Chelsea here in this one out on the French Riviera. Both teams not to score has big appeal for us at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:33 p.m.). After this Inter will go on to meet Lyon and then Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup, the game against Atletico being the final fixture actually of the entire International Champions Cup on August 11th.

Chelsea v Inter Milan Head to Head

Chelsea and Inter have only met twice before in competitive action which was back in the 2010 UEFA Champions League group stage. The Italians took a one-goal margin win in both of those fixtures.

Chelsea v Inter Milan Betting Odds*

Chelsea 13/10 Inter 15/8 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)

Chelsea v Inter Milan Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues did send out quite a few first-team players in their recent warm-up game against Perth Glory and we expect them to start ramping up the intensity quickly as Sarri gets a grip on them. They may have too much for their Italian opponents so we are backing a Chelsea win by a narrow margin.s Cup
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Premier League Winner 2018/19 Outright Betting Odds & Predictions

Premier League Betting
The start of the new Premier League season will be on Friday, August 10th, 2018 when Manchester United host Leicester at Old Trafford in an 8 pm kick off. The highlight of that opening weekend of the new season will be on Sunday though as new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hoping to plot the downfall of reigning Champions Manchester City at the Emirates. That is the final game of the opening weekend of the Premier League 2018/19 season and what a cracker that should be. But of course, it is all about the long-term gain in the pursuit of the Premier League title and not just fleeting glory of winning a game here and there. The familiar faces are all back at the head of the betting in the Premier League Winner market at bet365 and here we break down the chances of each one getting their hands on the title.

Premier League Winner Odds*

Man City 8/13 Liverpool 9/2 Man Utd 13/2 Chelsea 14/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 20/1 bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)

Manchester City

The Citizens won the Premier League title unchallenged last season, finishing a country mile ahead of their bitter rivals Manchester United. The Citizens were quick into their stride over the summer in capturing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, a move that was proposed back in the January transfer window but the Foxes were asking more than what City were willing to pay at the time. But the move has gone through and that is another weapon in Man City’s arsenal. It could be a key one as well because Manchester City will be looking for a little more depth, and high-quality depth to balance out their campaigns on all fronts. City are the front runners for the Premier League title and while they aren’t likely to make wholesale changes over the summer a way to think about their chances of landing back to back titles, is asking yourself whether the rest of the clubs are going to do enough to close the gap on them? You know what is coming from Man City. They have set the bar to a whole new high level.

Liverpool

The Reds have emerged as Manchester City’s main challengers in the Premier League 2018/19 title race. Liverpool, who came home fourth last season as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League Final couldn't sustain the challenge on the domestic front despite some strong displays. What let them down was lack of depth and when they realised the Premier League title was out of reach they naturally went all gung-ho at the Champions League title instead. They produced some impressive scoring power last season, second only to Man City in that department and their brash style under Jurgen Klopp is set to continue. So why have they moved up in favouritism? It is because they have made some smart transfer moves in the summer already. They have got Alisson Becker from Rome as a new number one keeper as well as adding Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and Fabinho from Monaco. They also got themselves a huge bargain in Xherdan Shaqiri so they are clearly working on building up their depth, the one thing that was lacking from them last season. Their chances of better progress will be improved if they were to get a new centre-half, and that is the area where they do need a big improvement. But they are shaping up well in the pre-season.

Man Utd

As usual Manchester United are linked with just about everybody under the sun in the summer transfer market. Nothing has happened yet for them and we are wondering whether big moves are actually going to be made or not. They have shelled out a lot over the last couple of years with the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic but they weren’t even close to reeling in Manchester City. So you have to be left wondering where that leaves them a bit and while they did come home second, their brand of football under Jose Mourinho left a lot to be desired. It is going to be hard for the club to attract the big flair players really and you look at the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba and wonder if they wouldn’t flourish more in a more positive environment. Unless they get a couple of really big marquee signings over the summer, United will be a solid contender for a top-four finish, but not a big challenger in the title race. They have been linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, William, Hirving Lozano and Ivan Perisic and the other names that have cropped up won’t inspire a tremendous amount of confidence that they can take things to the next level. Where is the star power coming from?

Chelsea

Chelsea had some big struggles last season under Antonio Conte who seemed to lose his way. It was certainly a long way short of the standards he had set out in his first season in charge when he lead Chelsea to the Premier League title. It has been a tough summer for Chelsea, with the club not sacking Conte until the start of pre-season training and then leaving new manager Maurizio Sarri with less than a month to get things together. Chelsea didn’t seem to be backing Conte in the transfer market so will they be behind the new man? They certainly need a shakeup. The 4/6 odds on them to get a top-four finish* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) will symbolise a successful season for them. However, Chelsea do look as if they could be more of a selling club than anything over the summer. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Willian has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United. Alvaro Morata looks as if he’s trying to pave a way out of the club and PSG seem to be in the market to get N’Golo Kante. So the spine of Chelsea could be torn apart. Will that leave them with trusting youth, or will they get the players Sarri wants? The Blues also have another problem in Thursday night/Sunday schedule because of the Europa League. If they just sacrifice that, then they can play their way into a top-four contention.

Tottenham

The Tottenham conundrum. Arguably they play some of the best football in the English top flight but they haven't been able to get their hands on that title. They will have a struggle to do so again this season because of the power and depth that Manchester City have. Spurs can’t really match up to the Citizens in that department and again workload could be their downfall. The backbone of their team is Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane really and if injuries occur to those, do they have the backup to stay as highly competitive? They aren’t going to change their style under Mauricio Pochettino, but it’s been good for the club that he has stayed there and they have managed to get Kane on a bigger contract. Spurs aren’t known for their spending really but they could use a couple of extra touches of world-class quality in and around the squad to bolster their chances on the domestic front and in Europe as well. We don't see them doing enough in the transfer market, because they aren’t aggressive enough to make that much of a difference. The title is likely to stay out of their reach.

Arsenal

So what will Unai Emery do with Arsenal? It is an odd situation for him to be in having to replace Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s long tenure at the club. But this will be refreshing for Arsenal in a way as they fell short last season by a considerable margin both on the domestic and European fronts. The Gunners made early summer swoops for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi so Emery is looking to bolster the back line and the midfield area. They probably are not going to go shopping for a big striker with them having picked up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window. The problem for Arsenal is that they fell so far back last season to the top four finishers in the league that it may take some time to get back up there in the mix. They will be in the Europa League group stage alongside Chelsea. It may be worth sacrificing that to rebuild themselves as a force on the home front first.

Top 4 Finish Odds*

Man City 1/16 Liverpool 1/4 Manchester United 2/7 Chelsea 4/6 Tottenham 4/5 Arsenal 2/1 Everton 20/1 leicester 33/1 bar 40/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) If like most punters, you are probably suspecting that Manchester City are in line for another league title then that is going to diminish the chances of big value in the Premier League Outright Winner market at bet365. But you could look at the Top Four Finish market with the bookmaker to try and figure out who is going to be up there in the UEFA Champions League places for the following season. Naturally based off of how the bookmakers have lined up the odds on Liverpool and Manchester United, they are odds-on like City are to get a top-four finish. We can’t argue with that but it leaves an interesting race between Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal for that other spot. Chelsea and Arsenal look to be pretty much in the same boat. They have new managers, both squads need something of a big overhaul and no-one is going to be entirely sure what is going to come from them. With Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd you know exactly what you are going to get. So would you value the slightly unpredictable Chelsea or Arsenal over the more stable Tottenham? Spurs are 4/5 to get themselves into the top four* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) next season, but because their European campaign is going to be more intense than Arsenal's and Chelsea’s we are going to oppose the Lilywhites. Chelsea do seem to flourish when new managers come in and shake them up and that is exactly what they need this time around and so we are looking at the 4/6 odds on the Blues scraping their way to a top-four finish* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm). Sarri’s way is much in the style of Guardiola and Klopp and could make a surprisingly big impact. If you do want to get a little more specific with it all then you could go and look at bookmakers who are offering the Top 4 Exact Order. As if calling a Straight Forecast wasn’t hard enough.

Straight Forecast

This isn’t a bad option again if you do heavily consider that Manchester City could be head and shoulders above the rest of the field once again. If you treat them as the banker for the top spot then you are halfway there to predicting a premier League straight forecast. It would then be a matter of choice as to who follows them home in second place. It is a 4/1 odds option on it being Liverpool for example and 9/2 that it would be Manchester United* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm). If you want to sacrifice odds for risk then there is the option of a Dual Forecast of course.

Hedging the Premier League Title

Manchester City are 8/13 odds to win the Premier League Outright* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) next season. It’s not unreasonable to think that Pep Guardiola's men will do it all over again given how strong they were last season. If you were set to oppose them through then you could create a Hedge Bet experience for yourself. If you staked £10 on Liverpool at 9/2 odds that would be a £55.00 payout if the Reds won. Then if you staked £34.06 on Man City as a Hedge Bet at 8/13 odds you would get the same payout if City won. So it means that whichever scenario that cropped up, you wouldn’t have to worry as you would have made £10.94 profit. Of course, Hedging does eat into your original potential profit. Naturally, a straight £55.00 payout on a win single for Liverpool is better than that smaller £10.94 profit, but you pay a premium to cut risk. Of course, there is also still the risk there that Manchester United or someone else could win it. Get your calculators out, double check your math and weigh up the risk and reward.
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Chelsea Transfer Market Odds – a clear-out on the cards

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It has been a summer of uncertainty for Chelsea. They had the long drawn out affair over sacking and replacing Antonio Conte hovering over them and that even extended over to the start of their pre-season training. But Conte, who won the league for the club in his first season in charge and lifted the FA Cup earlier this year, was given the push and the Blues got their man in Maurizio Sarri. The arrival of Sarri is supposed to spark a whole new style of play for the Blues. Sarri is a big advocate of the quick short passing, high pressing and creativity that the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona are famed for. Getting that done at the club with less than a month of preparation is going to be a tough thing for the Italian to achieve and the job is going to be made even harder if the Blues have an exodus of players.

Hazard to lead Exodus?

Eden Hazard is 4/9 at Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) to be heading off to Real Madrid in the summer and that is the biggest loss that the Blues could suffer because he would fit right into Sarri’s style. But the player himself has hinted that it could be time for a new challenge for him and he could be making the move there with keeper Thibaut Courtois as well. Courtois has been linked with a move away and like Hazard is at an odds-on price with Ladbrokes to do so. The Belgian shot-stopper is at 4/11 to move on* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) while midfielder Willian has also been linked with a move to Spain. This is another Chelsea player who is at an odds-on price to depart over the summer as the Brazilian has been linked with a move to Barcelona, while Manchester United reportedly have interest in him as well. So there could be a huge shake up at the club. The Blues have signed midfielder Jorginho so that is one in, but another of their star players who could be heading out is N’Golo Kante. The defensive midfielder, who is the best in the world at his position without much debate has been linked with a move across the channel to join up with French champions PSG. So that could be a another big hole that new boss Sarri has to try and fill. In total, Ladbrokes have six current players at Chelsea at 2/1 odds or shorter* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) to leave in the summer including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alvaro Morata.

Incoming Faces

So one way or the other Chelsea are going to have some big shopping to do. It is that or put a lot of trust in pushing some of the youth at the club into the limelight. Chelsea have a big depth in youth but most of them are out on loan and Sarri is generally not a manager who has used youth before, instead, he has worked with a few key star players in a side and build around that. But of course Chelsea have been linked with more moves and there is 7/2 option* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) on them getting scoring sensation Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich which doesn’t sound too plausible, while there has been a big link with them getting Anthony Martial from Manchester United. There were rumours that a trade for Willian would help make that happen. With Courtois potentially leaving the Blues have been linked with Stoke keeper Jack Butland. Another big name who has been linked to Chelsea and one that does carry a bit more weight is Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain who worked with Sarri at Napoli. The Argentine is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) to make the move to Chelsea in the summer transfer market. Incidentally, Sarri is 16/1 odds at Ladbrokes* (betting odds was taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 pm) to be the First Premier League Manager to go in the 2018/19 season. He certainly has a massive challenge ahead of him.
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Eden Hazard odds-on for Real Madrid move this summer

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It has been a really strange summer for Chelsea with the long-standing managerial turmoil still not totally settled. The club have given Antonio Conte the boot which everyone saw coming but they haven’t settled on a firm replacement. They have been working at getting Maurizio Sarri although the Italian is still contracted over at Napoli. There could be more disruption on the way with Eden Hazard now 10/11 odds on at Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken from July 13th, 2018 at 10:01 pm) to join Real Madrid in the summer. There has been a lot of speculation about a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for Hazard, but once Real Madrid shipped Cristiano Ronaldo out the door to Juventus then the speculation hit new levels. Belgium star Hazard does make a great fit for the Spanish giants, who are looking to shake things up over the summer after falling so short in their La Liga campaign last season. The money that Chelsea would get from the sale of Hazard would at least let the Blues dip into the transfer market to try and bolster their own squad before the close of this summer’s transfer deadline in August. While Hazard is odds-on to make the move now there is the Neymar factor in all of this. Real Madrid had to come out and again and deny they have approached the Brazilian. This has been another long saga, has Real Madrid’s supposed interest in former Barcelona star Neymar who is now at PSG. If the rumours and speculations are true that they are going to go for broke and get the signature of Neymar then that complicates the Hazard situation because the two of those would be in direct competition in terms of roles at the club. Neymar is 13/8 to sign for Real Madrid* (betting odds taken from July 13th, 2018 at 10:01 pm) in the summer. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Antonio Conte may well be swiftly followed out of the Stamford Bridge exit door by Hazard, who is now shorter than ever for a sensational summer switch.”

Eden Hazard Club after Summer transfer window

Real Madrid – 10/11 PSG – 6/1 Barcelona – 12/1 Man City – 20/1 * (betting odds taken from July 13th, 2018 at 10:01 pm)

To join Real Madrid in Summer transfer window

Eden Hazard – 10/11 Neymar – 13/8 Kylian Mbappe – 2/1 Robert Lewandowski – 5/2 Harry Kane – 9/2 Paul Pogba – 10/1 * (betting odds taken from July 13th, 2018 at 10:01 pm)
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Maguire move on the cards as clubs rally to get England star

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One of the stand-out performers for England at the 2018 World Cup has been big defender Harry Maguire. He has shown great grit in the three-man backline alongside Kyle Walker and John Stones, and he popped up with a towering header to give England a lead against Sweden in their quarter-final battle. That was his first goal for his country and along with some great defensive headers and the ability to stride out from the back with the ball at his feet, he has attracted a lot of attention. So much so that Ladbrokes have reported that they have had to place five Premier League sides at 6/1 or less to sign him in the summer. Maguire moved to Leicester last summer from Hull last summer for an initial £12 million fee and was player of the year for the Foxes. Manchester United are the 9/4 favourites* (betting odds were taken from July 9th, 2018 at 11:43 pm) to be his next club after the summer transfer window with Liverpool and Manchester City also supposedly in the running. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “England fans have fallen in love with Maguire, but so have a whole host of football managers by the looks of it, with plenty thought to be interested in his services.”

Harry Maguire Club After Summer*

Man United – 9/4 Liverpool – 5/2 Man City – 11/4 Tottenham – 9/2 Chelsea – 6/1 Arsenal – 8/1 Real Madrid – 16/1 Barcelona – 16/1 * (betting odds were taken from July 9th, 2018 at 11:43 pm)  
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Chelsea v Man Utd FA Cup Final 2018 betting options at Bet365 – 19th May 2018

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It will be Jose Mourinho v Antonio Conte one more time this season as Chelsea take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The action from Wembley kicks off at 5:15 p.m. and for both clubs, this will be their last chance at landing some silverware for the season. Manchester United finished second in the Premier League while Chelsea could only manage a fifth-place finish. With failed Champions League and EFL cup campaigns for both, this is their only chance to put a bit of shine and polish on the season. It is Manchester United who go into the final as the narrow 9/5 odds favourite with bet365* (betting odds taken at 11:01 p.m. on June 17th, 2018). That leaves Chelsea as the 19/10 underdogs so it is expected by the bookmaker to be a pretty tight duel between them. This is a repeat of the first ever FA Cup Final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium, which was back in 2007 with Chelsea taking a 1-0 victory after extra time. The Blues had a disappointing season in their title defence in the English top flight this term. In their final two games of the season they could only manage 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield before being convincingly beaten by Newcastle 3-0 on the final day of the season. Manchester United meanwhile have lost just one of their last 14 games in all competitions, winning 10 of those so they are in good form even though they have been heavily criticised for failing to produce dynamic entertaining performances. During the course of the Premier League season the two clubs traded home wins.

Popular FA Cup Final Betting Markets

Both of those wins were by a one goal margin and on offer in the bet365 winning margin market, there is a 3/1 odds price on Manchester United with Chelsea at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:01 p.m. on June 17th, 2018) to do it by that one goal margin. Incidentally, Chelsea's last four FA Cup Final successes have been by one goal margin in the end. There are plenty of exciting FA Cup final betting markets open at bet365 from the standard fare of betting on the match outright and the popular goalscorer markets, to alternative options like scorecasts and Asian handicap betting. Because this is expected to be a tight game between the two sides another good FA Cup final betting market at bet365 to consider is the Method of Victory. In there you can choose the outcome of the game by winning method for either team be it in 90 mins, extra time or penalties. Will this be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge of Chelsea? Either way, can he sign off on the season on a positive note? The Blues have been struggling clinical finishing and defensive stability all season, but can they pull it all together once again at Wembley and make up for last season’s defeat in the showcase match to Arsenal? On the other side of things, former Chelsea boss Mourinho would love nothing more than to get one over his Italian counterpart. While Manchester United have not been playing with style swagger they have been efficiently churning out results and certainly look the more consistent of the two sides.

In-Play FA Cup Final Betting

Bookmaker bet365 have a tremendous variety of FA Cup final betting markets available to customers both pre-match and in play. Enjoying in-play betting on the big match from Wembley will open up a host of new options for you to enjoy as the action is ongoing. Bet365 generally offer above 70 in-play markets on a big game like this. Markets like next goal scored, the next goal scorer and final score can all be enjoyed. Plus you will also get the added benefits of cash out and partial cash out options which allow you full control of your live in-play betting selections.
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