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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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Premier League Ante Post 2018/19 Winner Odds

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Are you having your Premier League withdrawal symptoms yet? The 2017/18 season is done and dusted and now it will be around three months before being able to enjoy action once again. At least this summer there is the World Cup to bring some excitement to the table while we wait for the return of the English top flight. The odds on the new Premier league season are on offer so even though there is no action for a while, that doesn’t stop you in your teeth into some ante-post Premier league 2018/19 betting. Manchester City ran away with the league title in 2017/2018 season so will Pep Guardiola’s men be just as powerful in their title defence next term? No doubt that they will be dipping into the transfer market during the summer to bolster their squad even further, primarily with the desire to get their hands on the Champions League title.

Premier League Winner 2018/19 Odds*

Man City 4/6, Liverpool 5/1, Man Utd 6/1, Chelsea 12/1, Tottenham 12/1, Arsenal 25/1, Bar 200/1* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) Manchester City are 8/11 odds on favourites* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the Premier League next season but title defences can be tough to pull off. No doubt opposing managers over the summer will be looking and studying the games where teams had success against City  during the season. In the second half of the season Crystal Palace, Burnley and Huddersfield all took draws against the Citizens. Manchester United and Liverpool were the only two sides to take a win against champions. So what does it take to challenge Manchester city? Well, a committed game plan of not being afraid to press them a little higher pitch. They have to be challenged. Liverpool and Manchester United were able to get at them work through sheer attacking bravery so that is something that other teams will have to figure out how to do a little bit better against the Citizens of next season. Of course still, it’s easier said than done when you are facing such immense side who can tear you apart in the blink of an eye. So if City were to have a wobble next season, maybe getting distracted by Champions League and FA Cup and League Cup campaigns, who is the most likely to capitalise and push towards the top spot? The bookmakers think Liverpool who are 5/1 second favourite is to win the league title next year. Liverpool look as if they need to make a couple of really big signings over the summer notably to try and improve their depth. A goalkeeper upgrade, a creative player in the middle of the park and an upgrade over Sadio Mane would probably push Liverpool to the next level. So it could be a big summer for them if they get things right in the transfer market and going based of what happened in the 2017/18 season they look of closest challengers to City. However the real appeal is in Manchester United at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). No, they weren’t pretty to watch during the 2017/18 season but if they can get off to a strong confidence start they will only grow from there. It’s hard to see them making major upgrades in the summer although they can use definite improvement in the centre-half department, back up for Lukaku and the genuine creative force in the middle of the park. The Red Devils won six of their 10 games against the other top-six finishes this season and generally, they did try to produce a little more positivity in those big challenges. If it were not for the exceptional season that Manchester City produced, United would have been pretty close to getting their hands on the league title and will tweak here and there. Jose Mourinho should be more than able to get them to a place where they can close the gap on their city rivals.

Rest of the Big Six may struggle

As for the rest of the big six, this is will be a difficult period of transition for Arsenal having lost Arsene Wenger and is hard to judge what they will be doing in the summer and even what kind of shape their team is going to be taking next season. Chelsea may have a new manager in charge next season too because Antonio Conte’s position does not look all that safe at Stamford Bridge and they need some heavy investment in the transfer market. But with no Champions League football next season will they be able to pull the big names that they need? Chelsea are 12 to 1 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the league next season which is the same price as you can take on Tottenham at the moment. Spurs once again produced plenty of flair and plenty of quality can’t yet still they can’t seem to get their act together when it comes to winning the Premier League. Their chances over the last few seasons really have been missed opportunities, huge missed opportunities for them and it's only getting harder and harder for them to win the league. Period it will be even tougher if they sell Harry Keane in the summer.

Prediction

Obviously, Manchester City with their deep pockets are going to be the ones to beat next season. There are already rumours about them upgrading next season in terms of adding more strike power and an extra centre-half. We do see though Manchester United being the ones really to mount a big enough consistent challenge to the Citizens next season. While Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool has a great chance of boosting his squad boosting Liverpool’s fortunes next season, the sheer consistency is more likely to come from the pragmatic approach of Jose Mourinho's troops. Back them for another top-two finish.
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Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Prediction & Betting Odds – 19th May 2018

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Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup, 19th May 5.15pm Will it be Chelsea or Manchester United getting their hands on a piece of silverware this season in the FA Cup final at Wembley on the weekend? There has been no love lost between the two managers this season and there is plenty of speculation as to whether or not this will be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge of the Blues. Manchester United did pretty well against the other top six rivals in the Premier League this season, so can they take down the disjointed Chelsea to finish the season on a high?

Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Betting Odds*

Manchester United 8/5, Chelsea 19/20, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018)

Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Betting Tips

Chelsea looked as if they had played their way into a serious challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League this season. However, after their four-match winning streak, it all fell apart for them in their last two games. A home draw against Huddersfield was followed up by their worst performance of the season in suffering a three-nil loss at Newcastle on the final day of the season. Chelsea have just looked off-colour for pretty much the entirety of the season only producing in small patches here and there. It is glaringly obvious that they are missing a big goal scoring threat up front, but they haven’t been very convincing in defence either. Will their current lack of punch going forward hinder their chances of trying to break down Manchester United’s defence? Manchester United generally play a bit conservative and so will Chelsea find the space to open them up? Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). Chelsea certainly did not look confident in their own ability at Newcastle on the weekend. Defensively they have just looked an absolute shambles at times this season a far cry from their powerful season last term. However, they do have three clean sheets in their last five games but in their final five games of the season, they only managed to score more than one goal in a game on one occasion. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option available is the 1-1 draw at 5 to 1 odds but a Manchester United 1-0 option is at 11 to 2 and pretty appealing for this FA Cup Final. Chelsea were very nearly knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup as they needed a penalty shoot-out at home against Championship Norwich to make it through. They did then have easy home wins over Newcastle and then Hull and in the quarter-finals, they needed extra time to move past Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Chelsea took a 2-0 win at Wembley over Southampton in the semi finals but didn’t have things all their own way in that game. With a second-place finish in the Premier League and a place in the FA Cup final, it has been a pretty decent season from Manchester United even though their performances have been less than spectacular. But they can finish with a bang here and they are in decent form having lost only one of the last 14 matches across all competitions. The Red Devils won 10 of those games so their form is strong. They did have to get through the end of the season without their top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku but the Red Devils are hoping that he will be fit to start at Wembley. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea won the Golden Gloves in the Premier League this season setting a new record for clean sheets. He really is a match winner and a game changer for United and really holds up what is a pretty average looking defence in front of him. Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is 3/1 odds. Manchester United have not really been troubled in the FA Cup this season as they started out with a comfortable home victory over Championship side Derby. They then went out on the road to bank wins at Yeovil and then Huddersfield before beating Brighton back at Old Trafford in the quarter finals. United did not ship a single goal on their way to reaching the semi-finals. They had to go up against Spurs in the semi finals and United were underdogs for that game with Spurs in form and having played all of their home games at Wembley this season. But it was United who did come out on top, doing a great job of keeping Spurs quiet and they took a 2-1 victory for themselves. That continued the streak of the Red Devils scoring at least two goals in each and every one of their FA Cup matches this season. Even though they have been heavily criticised this season they do seem to be organised they generally stick to a conservative game plan as is generally the way with Jose Mourinho. It is the result that matters the most not the performance.

Chelsea v Manchester United head to head

From the two Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Manchester United this season they both took a home victory and both of those victories were by a one goal margin only. They were paired up in the FA Cup last season with Chelsea taking a home win over the Red Devils. Chelsea have won three of the last five meetings with Manchester United in all competitions and each of those victories they won with a clean sheet as well. From the previous fourteen FA Cup matches that these two have contested it is Manchester United who are 8-4 ahead with the two drawn matches.  

Who will win - Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Predictions

Chelsea looked really short on confidence and quality in their defeat at Newcastle on the weekend. They can’t seem to get much going inside the opposition penalty box and Manchester United should be able to hold them at bay. The Red Devils are the stronger and more organised of the two sides and can take the victory to nil.
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Newcastle v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 13th May 2018

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Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Tips - Premier League 13th May 3.00pm Chelsea didn’t do their top four hopes any favours by being held to a draw at home against Huddersfield in midweek. Now to finish in the Champions League spots they have to win this and hope that Liverpool loses at home to Brighton. So their chance may well have gone but they are facing a Newcastle side who have lost their last four games after being edged out by Spurs in midweek.

Newcastle News and Form

The Magpies have slipped down to a four-match losing sequence of form having gone down 1-0 at Tottenham in midweek. Three of their last four league losses have been by that 1-0 scoreline which may be worth eyeing up. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at Paddy Power is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). The alternative would be to go and look at a Chelsea 1-0 correct score option which is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). Frankly, Chelsea don’t look very potent at all going forward so both options look pretty solid. Newcastle have come up with the one goal in their last four matches but their overall form at St James’ Park isn’t all that bad really. Before a surprise loss at home against West Brom in their last home fixture, the Magpies had put together a four-match winning streak and were unbeaten in seven at St James’ Park before a loss against West Brom in their last home fixture. Overall they are W7 D4 L7 for the season on home soil. They have beaten two of the current top six this season at home, having taken down Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea are unbeaten in six, winning four of those but they screwed up a bit at home in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield in midweek which saw their slim chances of getting into the top four get even narrower. They just don’t look to have much going in front of goal. They create good pressure in games but the end product really isn't there. They need a proven goalscorer. Chelsea have won each of their last three games away from home and all of those were by a one-goal margin. Chelsea are W10 D3 L5 for the season away from home. They have averaged 1.87 goals per game on their travels and 67% of their road games have ended over 2.5 goals. Given the way that both of these are going at the moment, this game doesn’t look like being a high scoring one. Under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). Chelsea can boast the fourth best defensive in the Premier League as it stands and the third best away record of all teams. They have to win this and hope that Liverpool loses at home against Brighton to sneak their way into fourth.

Newcastle v Chelsea Head to Head

The Blues hosted Newcastle twice this season at Stamford Bridge, beating the Magpies in the league meeting and in the FA Cup. Chelsea scored exactly three goals in both of those successes. Chelsea have gone W4 D1 in their last five games against the Magpies in all competitions while both teams have scored in three of the last four. There was a 2-2 draw between them in their last meeting at St James Park.

Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Newcastle 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)

Newcastle v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues have good form going against Newcastle and have handled the Magpies well enough twice this season already. The Blues aren’t overly convincing but may be able to do enough against the Magpies.
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Chelsea v Huddersfield Predictions & Betting Odds – 9th May 2018

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Chelsea v Huddersfield Betting Tips - Premier League 9th May 7.45pm Chelsea produced a home win over Liverpool on Sunday to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive. A win here in midweek puts them level on points with Liverpool. They would still need Spurs or Liverpool to slip up though to finish in the Champions League spots. Huddersfield earned a surprise point at Man City on Sunday and they only need the one more to guarantee that they will be playing top flight football next term.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues are on a four-match winning streak in the premier league now after having beaten Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. That was a big win too because it keeps their faint hopes of a top-four finish alive. This current four-match winning streak equals their best run of the season and in it they have fought back from being behind against Southampton and Burnley in that sequence as well as holding off Liverpool on the weekend. To get into the top four, something that looked like having no chance of happening just recently, the Blues would need to win their final two games and hope that either Liverpool or Spurs don’t win their remaining games. Even though they still look a shadow of the side that won the league last season, they are finishing strongly and Chelsea to win to nil back at the Bridge in this one is at 8/11 odds with William Hill* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Chelsea’s home form is W11 D3 L4 for the season and they are W3 D1 L1 in their last five at the Bridge. In the William Hill correct score market a Chelsea 1-0 is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) as Chelsea don’t look like running riot in front of goal at the moment. It’s the result that counts now.

Huddersfield News and Form

Not many would have backed the Terriers to get a point at Manchester City on the weekend. But the Champions were in party mood and never got going in the game which allowed the resilient Huddersfield to battle their way to a very good point. One more point guarantees that they will be in the top flight next season. So it is likely that they will visit the Bridge in defensive mode. The Terriers have drawn their last two away games in the top flight and have won just one of their last nine games on the road (D2 L6). Across the course of the season on their travels, they have only recorded three wins and they have failed to score in any of their nine visits to current top ten sides this season (D2 L7). Both teams not to score with William Hill at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) looks the obvious option, therefore. There have been just the eleven away goals from Huddersfield this season but a credit to their defence in that each of their last four have gone under 2.5 goals. They are almost across the finish line. Can they finish the job in this one?

Chelsea v Huddersfield Head to Head

Chelsea took a 3-1 win over Huddersfield earlier in the season and that is back to back wins by that scoreline that they have taken against them. The other was an FA Cup home game against them in 2008. Going back, Chelsea are on a seven-match winning streak against the Terriers in all competitions. The earlier Premier League meetings this season was the first league clash since the 1983/84 Old Division 2.

Chelsea v Huddersfield Betting Odds*

Chelsea 1/6, Draw 11/2, Huddersfield 18/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)

Chelsea v Huddersfield Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Terriers clearly aren’t just going to roll over at the Bridge and could test Chelsea's patience. But the Blues do have the edge and know what a win would mean for them. Look for a home win by a one-goal margin.
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Chelsea v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 6th May 2018

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Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Tips - Premier League 6th May 4.30pm A big high profile match for Sunday to round off the weekend, but there’s not all that much riding on it really. Even if Chelsea could break out a win in this one and close to within three points of Liverpool with a game in hand over the Reds, the goal difference that Liverpool have is worth an extra point. So Chelsea’s faint hopes of a top-four finish really will be swept away by a failure to win here, while Liverpool are just looking to consolidate a final four finish.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea have produced home form of W10 D3 L4 for the season. They are going to have fresher legs than Liverpool are as well. It hasn’t been the greatest of home seasons from the Blues, especially lately as they are just W2 D1 L2 in their last five league games at the Bridge. They haven’t been at home since April 8th when they played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham. They have been on the road for each of their last three games which they won each of and all by a one-goal margin. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). The Blues have averaged 1.65 goals per game at home this season and they have scored in each of their last four. Chelsea have conceded in each of their last three home games though, so both teams to score looks an obvious selection. Eden Hazard is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market as he looks back to his very best lately. Chelsea still have a mathematical chance at a top-four finish heading into the weekend, but it is highly unlikely to pan out that way.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool could be at a disadvantage because of all their Champions League distractions lately. Because of that, they have been rotating their squad heavily for domestic matches which is perhaps part of the reason why they are only W1 D3 in their last four games in the English top flight. It’s easy to assume that they have more interested in Europe. Liverpool have picked up a W1 D1 L2 in their last four road games which is part of an overall W9 D5 L4 record for the term away from Anfield. The Reds haven’t produced very well on the road against the other top six sides this season, losing at Man City, Man Utd and Spurs while drawing at Arsenal. They conceded at least two goals in each of those as well. Over 3.5 goals is at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Liverpool are averaging over two goals per away game this term with Mo Salah top scoring for them with thirteen away goals. He’s going to be heavily backed against his former club in the anytime goalscorer market. If Liverpool do suffer a loss here that puts Chelsea three points behind them with a game in hand over the Merseysiders. But even if the Blues were to win that game in hand, they can’t match the Reds in the goal difference department.

Chelsea v Liverpool Head to Head

Three of the last four meetings in the Premier League between Chelsea and Liverpool have ended in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool are on a six-match unbeaten streak of league form against the Blues, winning two and drawing four. The Reds have won their last two league visits to Chelsea as well and both teams have scored in each of the last seven Premier League games.

Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Chelsea 23/20, Liverpool 11/5, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 9:44 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)   

Chelsea v Liverpool Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues have home advantage and they are the fresher of the two sides because of all the extra work that Liverpool have done in Europe lately. Look for Chelsea to continue their end of season flourish with a win.
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Swansea v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 28th April 2018

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Swansea v Chelsea Betting Tips - Premier League 28th April 5.30pm Swansea still have the threat of relegation looming over them and games like this against a top-five side don’t help. Swansea were pretty much obliterated by champions Man City at the Etihad last weekend. They have to shake that off and try and raise themselves on home soil. After their FA Cup semi-final last weekend, Chelsea will be on the hunt for league points to try and put pressure on Spurs for a fourth-place finish.

Swansea News and Form

Swansea’s match against Man City on the weekend was a disposable fixture for them. They would have known that they were unlikely to get anything from it and they lost it 5-0. But they get back to the Liberty Stadium on the weekend where they are on a five-match undefeated streak of form (W4 D1). So they can take some confidence out of that and even a point in this one would offer some comfort as they start the weekend four points clear of the drop zone. So there is still a threat of relegation there for them so they have to stay focused. Swansea are W6 D3 L7 for the season at home and since Carlos Carvalhal came in as the boss he has made a huge difference. Swansea are on a five-match scoring streak at home in the league and both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:14 a.m. on April 24th, 2018). The Swans are averaging a goal per home game this term and less than 40% of their home fixture have produced at least three goals. So this could be a low scoring affair as the Swans try and avoid defeat more than anything. 69% of Swansea’s home goals have come after the half time break, so a half-time draw may be a good option too.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea have an FA Cup final to look forward to this season after beating Southampton in the semi-final over the weekend. Chelsea have a five-point deficit to Tottenham to try and make up in just four games in the race for a fourth-place finish in the league. That’s not too likely to happen but Chelsea just can just keep winning and hope. They have won their last two games, both one-margin away victories at Southampton and Burnley. Chelsea’s last three league wins have been all by a one-goal margin and Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin is at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Chelsea are W9 D3 L5 away from Stamford Bridge this season and three of their four away defeats have happened in their last five road games. They don’t look anywhere near as stable or confident as they were last season, but they have won handsomely at each of the other current bottom five this season, scoring at least three goals in each of those wins. In the bet365 correct score market, a conservative Chelsea 1-0 result is at 5/1 odds with a 6/1 on a Chelsea 2-0* (all Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Chelsea have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season.

Swansea v Chelsea Head to Head

The Blues collected three home points against Swansea earlier this season thanks to a 1-0 win. They have won their last two in the league against the Welsh club now but Chelsea are actually only W2 D2 L1 in their last five league outings against the Swans. The Blues have taken just the one point from their last two league visits to the Liberty Stadium. Four of the last six league meetings have produced over 2.5 goals.

Swansea v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Swansea 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)

Swansea v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues will be feeling much better about themselves after their FA Cup win on the weekend. Even though they don’t look anywhere near their best they have the individual talent to come up with a moment of magic to collect three points. Maybe by nothing more than a one-goal margin though.
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Pogba? Bale? Kane? Top Transfer Betting Odds Options

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The end of the 2017/18 season isn’t even here and there has been much speculation flying around already about who could be moving club in the summer. Are Manchester United going to have a clear out and move on record signing Paul Pogba? Will Real Madrid be shuffling their pack? Will Tottenham be able to hold on to Harry Kane? Paul Pogba There have been rumours that United are ready to let Pogba go in the summer. After a disappointing season for the Red Devils, (not all the player’s fault, but he hasn’t been used to the best of his abilities), Pogba’s move back to Old Trafford hasn’t been a fruitful one. It is going to be a matter really of who could afford him after costing United the best part of £100 million. The most likely destination for the midfield dynamo is PSG who can splash the cash and give the Frenchman a base on home soil. They would see him as a big component for an assault on the Champions League next season. But still, that's a big old 6/1 price* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) to happen. Gareth Bale The Welshman does look to have run his course at Real Madrid. Even when he has been fit he hasn’t exactly been in full favour of head coach Zinedine Zidane. So the likelihood is that the Spaniards will be happy enough to sell him on during the summer. Bale is 4/1 at BetVictor to make a move* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) back to Tottenham, but the stronger likelihood is that Manchester United would go out and break the bank to snap him up and they are 2/1 favourites* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) to make it happen. Jack Butland The Stoke shot-stopper probably wouldn’t be happy about knocking around in the Championship next year. His England career demands that he is playing at the top level and there is going to be plenty of options for him as well. Liverpool head and shoulders looks the strongest destination for him as the Reds aren’t strong in that department. That could be a risky move for Butland though, trying to backup a Liverpool defence which is left exposed often because of the way they play, but it guarantees Champions League football. Liverpool are 7/2 at BetVictor to be his next club* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.). Arsenal probably wouldn’t be too appealing of an option in comparison, while Manchester United have no need for him. Chelsea may be an outside option to replace Thibaut Courtois who hasn’t looked particularly happy this season and who is 2/1 to be at Real Madrid next season* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.). Fernando Torres The Atletico Madrid forward isn’t going to be with the Spanish outfit next season and it’s more than likely that he would be heading off abroad something either in China or the MLS. Nando would draw a lot of attention from a base in the USA and there is a 4/1 price* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) on that to be his move. However, at just a couple of marks longer at 6/1 odds with BetVictor* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.), how about him reuniting with Rafa Benitez, who he excelled under at Liverpool, by switching back to the Premier League with Newcastle? Luke Shaw He’s got to leave Old Trafford surely. The problem for buyers though is whether or not he is damaged goods, because those rumours about him being lazy don't seem to go away. It’s hard to see that any of the other top six in the league would take a gamble on him, so it’s likely that Shaw would end up somewhere at a mid-table club. Someone like Everton who are 4/1 joint-favourites* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) alongside Spurs to get him. Karim Benzema If Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid, would they also let go of Karim Benzema? He has been a staple of their attacking unit for several years now but for such a big club packed full of stars around him, he hasn’t really got that high of a goal percentage. There surely does have to be better options out there to explore, especially with Real Madrid looking to get back at Barcelona next season. It’s hard to see who would take a chance on Benzema, but you can’t help think that Arsenal would be interested in signing him if he were to end up in the Premier League. Eden Hazard Hasn’t been at his brilliant best this season for the Blues and he is carrying the air of a man who is ready for a fresh challenge. There really is only one out for him realistically and that would be to Real Madrid. The sale of Bale could well facilitate them to go after Hazard and the Blues would probably take it to try and use the cash, in turn, to rejuvenate their squad a little bit after a disappointing Premier League campaign. He's unlikely to go anywhere else. Harry Kane Could Hazard be teaming up with Harry Kane at the Bernabeu next season? If the England man were to leave Spurs in the summer it wouldn't be to another Premier League club obviously. He is much in the same boat as Hazard that moves up for him are going to be limited to pretty much PSG or Real Madrid. He doesn’t really fit anywhere else and Real Madrid are the 3/1 favourites at BetVictor* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) to be Kane’s club after the summer transfer window. Usain Bolt Wait what? Yes, the Olympic champion has been putting in some heavy training with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. The Jamaican sprint legend has made no secret about his desires to play football professionally and he is 13/8 at Betvictor* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) to sign for any German club (which makes sense as that’s where he based his training). The nature of modern football though has a 7/2 on it being an MLS club and 9/2 on it being a Chinese club that he signs for before the summer transfer window closes. Betfair have him at 6/4* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.) to sign with Borussia Dortmund as his next permanent club, while Scottish outfit Rangers are 33/1* (betting odds taken on April 19th, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.). Whoever signs him will wouldn’t just be in it for the 31-year-old’s skills, which are untested, but the commercial opportunities that signing him would bring.
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Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup Prediction & Betting Odds – 22nd April 2018

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Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup, 22nd April 3.00pm

Southampton’s Premier League season hasn’t gone well so the FA Cup has been a nice release for them and they get a big day out at Wembley on the weekend. They threw away a 2-0 lead at home against Chelsea in the league last weekend to lose 3-2 but at least they were competitive in the match. Can they rattle Chelsea, who will be going into the fixture as favourites? This is the final shot at silverware for the Blues this season so they aren’t going to take it lightly.

Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup Betting Odds*

Chelsea 2/5, Draw 7/2, Southampton 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)

Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup Betting Tips

The FA Cup is Chelsea’s last shot at success this season. It all started in a pretty nervy fashion for them as well. After drawing a Championship side Norwich, they were taken all the way to a penalty shoot-out in the replay before squeezing through there. Things got a little more comfortable for them though as they banked clean-sheet home wins over Newcastle and Hull in subsequent rounds. That left them with a tricky away tie at Leicester in the quarter finals, but the Blues got through thanks to a great extra time winner produced by Pedro. Chelsea won’t be disappointed with the draw here either having avoided Spurs and Manchester United in the semi-final draw. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 2-0 result is at 11/2 odds with a 2-1 success for them at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). Chelsea have had some real troubles picking up clean sheets recently. Chelsea have collected seven FA Cup wins, with the last of those happening in 2012. They made it to last season's final where they were favourites against Arsenal, but slipped to a 2-1 loss. Just last weekend Chelsea met Southampton in the Premier League and managed to turn around a 2-0 deficit with three goals in the final twenty minutes of action to bank the victory. Chelsea had won their home game against Southampton 1-0 so a Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin bet at bet365 for 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) looks a decent proposition. Southampton are up in the FA Cup head to head with Chelsea, having won four of the previous eight (D3 L1) against the Blues. Currently, though Chelsea are on a five-match winning streak against Southampton across all competitions, losing just one of their last ten against them (losing two of the last 19 head to heads). All but two of the last eight games between Chelsea and Southampton have produced at least three goals so over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) is worth a look. Southampton have won the FA Cup once before, getting the title in 1976. The Saints have been to the FA Cup final on three other occasions finishing runners-up, the most recent of which was in 2003 against Arsenal. Southampton are struggling to survive in the Premier League but through the FA Cup, they do at least have a chance to come away with some positive. They opened with a win at Championship side Fulham, before taking out Watford at St Mary’s. After a victory at West Brom, they took out League One side Wigan, the surprise conquerors of Man City in this season’s Cup. Three of Southampton's FA Cup wins this season have been by a one-goal margin only. They are going to have to overcome some poor head to head form against the Blues to progress, but going as underdogs the pressure won’t be on them.

Who will win - Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup Predictions

Chelsea should be strong enough with the depth that they have and their creative players should express themselves with the extra space available on the Wembley pitch. Southampton are likely to come up short again but as they were competitive recently against the Blues, back a Chelsea to win & both teams to score option.
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Burnley v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 19th April 2018

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Burnley v Chelsea Betting Tips - Premier League 19th April 7.45pm Burnley made it five straight wins in the Premier League as they collected a 2-1 home win over Leicester on Saturday. It's been fantastic stuff from them and they are in with a chance of a sixth-place finish now and could well find themselves in Europe next term. Chelsea dodged a bullet after producing a fantastic comeback from 2-0 to take a 3-2 win at St Mary’s against relegation-threatened Southampton on the weekend.

Burnley News and Form

It has been great stuff from the Clarets lately with a five-match winning run going in the top flight. Four of those wins have been by a 2-1 scoreline and in the bet365 correct score market a Burnley 2-1 option is at 14/1 odds a long way from the shortest priced option of a Chelsea 1-0 at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). Burnley have a W2 D2 record from their last four at home, winning their last two on home soil. Three points in his one would mean that they move up into sixth at the expense of Arsenal. Overall their home form is W7 D4 L5 for the season and they did hold Man City to a 1-1 draw just back in February. Burnley have only come up with the 14 home goals all season, but defensively have been rock solid with 13 in 16 conceded. Only 25% of their home games have made it above the 2.5 goal line, however, each of their last five (home and away combined) have gone over and over 2.5 goals at bet365 does appeal at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). Striker Chris Wood has now scored in four of their last five.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea gathered themselves for a second-half rally to turn around a 2-0 deficit at Southampton and win 3-2. Super-sub Olivier Giroud got a brace with Eden Hazard getting the other for the Blues. Chelsea really needed that away result as well, because they had lost their previous three away from home in the Premier League. They don’t look to have it all together at the back for some reason this season and both teams to score at bet365 is at 19/20 odds * (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). Chelsea have scored an average of 1.8 goals per away game this season, but have conceded at over a goal per game now. 69% of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals. The Blues haven’t picked up a clean sheet in any of their last four road games and none in their last six home and away. So they are there for the taking at the back and 67% of the goals that they have conceded away from home have been in the second half of matches which suggest that they lack concentration when it matters most. They have scored in 81% of their away games this season and Eden Hazard is their top away scorer with eight.

Burnley v Chelsea Head to Head

Chelsea's season got off an unexpected start as they suffered a 3-2 home loss at Stamford Bridge against Burnley. That was the first ever win for the Clarets over the Blues in the Premier League. Chelsea are W4 D2 L1 from their seven previous Premier League fixtures against the Clarets. Both teams have scored in each of the three previous Premier League meetings at Turf Moor and five of the seven previous top-flight clashes have gone above 2.5 goals.

Burnley v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 10/11, Draw 13/5, Burnley 14/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)   

Burnley v Chelsea Predictions

Draw: This may well be a very entertaining match up at Turf Moor. The Clarets look really full of confidence at the moment and Chelsea's defence can clearly be gotten at. So back an entertaining draw to turn up in midweek.
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