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International Champions Cup Betting 2017 – Fixtures & Odds

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The tournament that isn’t a tournament is back for the summer and that is the International Champions Cup. This is just a bunch of friendly matches involving a host of European clubs, including Premier League clubs, and it is staged over three different countries. The games will be played in the USA, China and in Singapore and really there isn’t a title to win. Each team plays around three matches and it’s not a round robin format where everyone plays everyone else. So while there really isn’t anything at stake, these are high-profile friendly matches. Involved from the English Premier League is Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea. United, City and Spurs are playing out in the USA, while Arsenal are over in China and Chelsea are appearing in Singapore. In total there are fifteen teams taking part over the course of around two weeks. This is actually going to be a little more important to the English clubs taking part because their domestic season kicks off earlier than their European counterparts. The first round of fixtures are played on July 19th and the final games are played on July 30th. A bit of history. The International Champions Cup was started as a pre-season money spinner back in 2013 and the early editions feature eight teams which were split into two simple groups of four. But then the tournament grew to include different numbers of teams and the event was spread out over different location across the globe. The first edition though had a really complicated set up which was scrapped for the following season and the winner of the group from each location was determined after each team has played three matches. Those two group winners met in the final to decide the title. The 2015 edition, which was hosted in three different locations, just saw the group winner of each location crowned champion. Last year was the same way too, but some teams played fewer games than others so it’s all a bit of mess. It will be the same way again. USA Roma, Paris St Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, Barcelona, Tottenham, Real Madrid China Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Milan, Lyon, Arsenal Singapore Bayern Munich, Inter Milan Chelsea

International Champions Cup Promotion

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International Champions Cup Preview

The USA action kicks off with Roma v PSG on July 19th but then on the 20th you are looking at a big English showdown of Manchester United v Manchester City. These two were set to meet in China last summer but it got rained off much to everyone's annoyance. This will be a good chance for the two clubs to show off their new summer signings and this will be one of the feature matches of the tournament. Manchester United will go on to face big challenges in Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the Citizens go on to play Real Madrid and Tottenham. Other notable big clashes are Juventus v Barcelona on July 22nd while we even get to have a look at a pre-season El Clasico between Real Madrid v Barcelona which goes down on July 29th and that will be one to look forward to. Spurs will open against PSG before facing up to Roma and then that English battle against Man City. Over in China, Arsenal will be playing, but as is the nature of this tournament, the Gunners only get the one game which is against Bayern Munich on July 19th. So that is all the participation that the Gunners are going to have and that’s a long way to go for that one game. Bayern Munich will also face AC Milan out in China and then they will over to Singapore. So that is the truncated action in China with just the four matches being played. Then in Singapore, you have Chelsea taking on Bayern Munich in their opener which is going to be a high profile showdown. The Premier League champions then go on to meet up with Inter Milan. The one other game in Singapore is Bayern Munich v Inter Milan, so as you can see most of the action will be going down in the USA.

USA International Champions Cup Fixtures

July 19th - Roma v PSG July 20th - Man Utd v Man City July 22nd - Juventus v Barcelona July 22nd - PSG v Spurs July 23rd - Real Madrid v Man Utd July 25th - Spurs v Roma July 26th - Barcelona v Man Utd July 26th - Man City v Real Madrid July 29th - Man City v Spurs July 29th - Real Madrid v Barcelona July 30th - Roma v Juventus

China International Champions Cup Fixtures

July 18th - Milan v Borussia Dortmund July 19th - Bayern Munich v arsenal July 22nd - Bayern Munich v Milan July 24th - Inter Milan v Lyon

Singapore International Champions Cup Fixture

July 25th - Chelsea v Bayern Munich July 27th - Bayern Munich v Inter Milan July 29th - Chelsea v Inter Milan

International Champions Cup Predictions

Don’t bother with outcomes in each of the three sections in terms of champions, because that doesn’t matter and you have to remember that this is all pre-season stuff when managers are just going to be looking at squads and protecting their key players as much as possible ahead of the new season. So while you will see new signings appearing, it’s not going to be a full-blooded contest between all of these European giants. The best way to approach your International Champions Cup 2017 betting at bet365 is just enjoying the individual match betting and this is where live in-play betting is going to be big because you can see who is in the starting line ups and who is actually bothering to put in a good shift on the day.

Chelsea favourites to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund

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Do Chelsea have £70 million to shell out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Reports are that Borussia Dortmund are prepared to sell him off to the Premier League Champions but the Blues will have to pay a fair penny for him. This has come about because the player himself has allegedly told the club that he wants a move away from the Bundesliga giants. PSG were in the market for the Gabon international but they have since pulled out interest, so the player will be looking for another club. The Blues had launched off a matching deal to Manchester United’s successful offer to Everton for Romelu Lukaku, so after missing out there, they could be looking for alternative sources to provide the goals up front for them in a busier season than last, because of Champions League duties. There have been rumours that they are going for Alvaro Morata, but Aubameyang, who netted 31 goals in the German top flight last season is something that Chelsea fans would get excited about. That goal haul was from 32 games. With Dortmund apparently keen enough to let the 28 year old go for the right price, he looks as if Aubameyang will be departing. Chelsea could of course just keep their money in their pockets and make peace with Diego Costa who still seems to be sticking around with little market interest in him. But for now, the odds on Aubameyang going to Chelsea in the summer have fallen from 33/1 down to 7/2 with Coral. There is still a price of 7/4 on him going over to China something and AC Milan are potentially going to come into the market for him at a price of 11/4. But you would imagine that if Chelsea launches a serious bid for him, with the allure of Champions League football and going to the champions of England, they would probably get their man. Online betting site Coral offers a Bet & Get Club for their customers. Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in their sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!

How correct were the bookmakers in Premier League betting last season?

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Going into last season's Premier League, the front runners were Manchester City who were in at a price of 13/5 ahead of the big kick off to win the title. That was of course on the back of Pep Guardiola being in charge for the first time with the club, but things didn't quite go to plan for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager as City suffered a season of ups and downs and came in third. So the heavily-backed Manchester City's failings was a really big win for the bookmakers and it was backed up by Manchester United, who were a top price of 18/5 in August to win the Premier League. The Red Devils were expected to be stronger under Jose Mourinho, but in a season win which they drew far too many games and finished a lowly sixth, 24 points back of leaders Chelsea, it became apparent just a few weeks into the season that Mourinho’s men weren’t, after all, going to be Premier League title challengers. It was Chelsea who beat everyone to the punch and on that fateful day when they lost 3-0 at Arsenal on September 23rd, the Blues could have been backed at as big of a price as 25/1 to go and win the title. But that was the defeat which sparked Chelsea into life as they changed things up in their following match against Hull and never looked back. The Blues went on to win their next thirteen Premier League games in a row, setting the platform for success in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge. So the Blues were the ones who defied the odds and going into next season. The Blues are 10/3 at Bet365 to retain their title, with Manchester City going as outright favourites again, trading at 15/8. Manchester United are 3/1. The relegation scrap was an interesting one this year. You had Sunderland who 11/4 value at the start of the season to suffer relegation and compared to the price of 5/2 on Middlesbrough to go straight back down, the Black Cats were some big value back then. It was Hull, who had such limited resources who were the favourites to take the drop to the Championship and they so nearly overcame those odds with Marco Silva guiding them to precious home points, but they couldn’t get across the line. The narrow-priced 21/20 relegation shots Burnley and 23/10 rated Watford survived. It is always hard for teams to come up and stay up and the newly promoted Huddersfield are 4/7 odds on favourites to go straight back down where they came from. Brighton looks slightly better equipped to stay afloat at a price of 6/5 with bet365 while Newcastle's chances of survival are rated even higher at a price of 7/2. Burnley are in at 11/8 second favourites, with Watford at 6/4 and Swansea at 9/4. The top four finish market for last season's Premier League betting didn’t really go the way of the bookmakers at all. Manchester City and Chelsea obliged at expected odds-on prices while the bookmakers got Manchester United (2/5) and Arsenal (4/6) wrong. It was Spurs and Liverpool who filled the other two spots in the top four and Liverpool made it in at a price of 6/4 from the start of the season with Spurs at 13/8. So things are a little different heading into next season with Man City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool all varying degrees of odds-on prices, with Arsenal back at even money. The bookmakers got the Golden Boot wrong as well because they had priced up Sergio Aguero as the outright favourite from the start of last season at a price of 8/2. But he only netted twenty goals for the Citizens (joint-fourth) while Harry Kane blitzed his way to the finish line with seven goals in its last two games to clinch the title and he could have been backed at a price of 7/1 before the start of the season to prove that he wasn’t a one-season wonder. Kane actually scored more league goals than Middlesbrough did as a club last season (and he played seven games fewer). Six managers left their managerial positions in the Premier League last season and this again, the bookmakers got wrong. Their stock was in Tony Pulis being the favourite to get the chop but West Brom stood by their man. He was 5/2 favourite to get the boot before the season had started and it was 8/1 shot Francesco Guidolin who was the first last season to lose his job, with Swansea ditching him. Take advantage of some fantastic football betting products available at online betting site Bet365. For starters, there is their great 0-0 bore draw insurance available on all matches which offers great protection on your pre-match correct score, scorecast or half-time/full-time wagers. There are great each-way first goalscorer odds to be taken as well and you can enjoy extensive live in-play football betting as well as live streams from some of Europe’s top leagues. With cash out and partial cash out options available as well, sign up for an account with Bet365 and enjoy a 100% matched deposit bonus from them to get in on the action!

AC Milan 11/10 favourites to sign Diego Costa

Diego Costa (Chelsea)
It looks as if Diego Costa’s Chelsea career is done and dusted with reports that he has been told that he is surplus to requirements next season at the Bridge. There has been a butting of heads brewing between him and boss Antonio Conte for some time and now it look as if he will be looking for a new club for next season. His preferred choice would be former club Atletico Madrid, however, they have a transfer ban which would mean that Costa would have to miss several months of action before linking up with them. Their ban is lifted in January. They can still sign players but have to park them elsewhere on loan detail until the player can be registered when the ban is lifted. AC Milan are 11/10 favourite with bookmaker Ladbrokes to be Costa’s next club and that would be following the same route as former Chelsea forward Fernando Torres took. He went to Milan before re-joining with his former club Atletico so there are similarities there. Costa has said that he won’t take a job in China before the next World Cup but he is 4/1 to go there for a summer switch. There was much speculation earlier in the year that he had been offered a big-money deal to go there, which seemed to cause a rift with Conte. Costa is 5/1 to stay at Chelsea. So with the impending departure of the Spaniard, it just raises stock that Chelsea are going after Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Lukaku is as short as 1/9 to go to Chelsea next season and he has been rated over at Paddy Power at 5/1 to win the Premier League Golden Boot next season a well. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is a limit of one free bet per customer. Ladbrokes run 5-team (or bigger) accumulator insurance as well on selected matches on the Match Betting Market where you will get MONEY BACK as a free bet up to £25 if one team lets you down.

Paddy Power Crowd Powered Price Boost for FA Cup Final betting

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Who will get their hands on the FA Cup this weekend when Chelsea and Arsenal go into their high-profile showdown at Wembley? The Blues are the Premier League champions for the season and they will be looking to complete a domestic double. As for Arsenal, this is their final chance of the term to put a positive on the board as they go in search of a record 13th FA Cup title. Arsenal have won their last five FA Cup Final appearances and Chelsea their last four. This should be an epic battle. Paddy Power are running a Crowd Powered Price Boost for the FA Cup Final. They have priced 4/1 on Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa both to score in 90 minutes in the FA Cup Final but that price could increase to a huge 12/1 quote! The odds of the Paddy Power promotional market will increase based on the amount of unique customers who bet on it with the odds starting at 4/1 and increasing in increments up to a maximum of 12/1. All customers who bet on the market will be paid out at the final odds at 15:00 pm on Saturday 27th May 2017, even if this is a bigger price than when their bet was placed. There is a maximum of one bet per customer of £20. Cash Out is not available on this Power Price offer. Register an account with Paddy Power and take £30 worth of free bets as a welcome bonus from them too.

Paddy Power offer 6/1 enhanced odds on Chelsea to beat Arsenal

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The two London rivals go head to head at Wembley on Saturday looking for a big send off for the season. Chelsea have already landed the Premier League title of course and are favourites going into the big game. They have an opportunity to land the domestic double for just the second time in their history and with just one defeat in their last twelve competitive games against the Gunners, Antonio Conte’s men are going to be hard to stop. But Arsenal have won two of the last three FA Cup finals and they have won their last six matches at Wembley, so they enjoy themselves there. After missing out on the top four this season in the Premier League, they have a chance to save their season with a bit of silverware. Will this be Arsene Wenger’s sign off as well after his long tenure with the club? It’s going to be a tough afternoon with Chelsea having won each of their last four FA Cup Final appearances. Register an account with Paddy Power and take a 6/1 enhanced odds offer on Chelsea to beat Arsenal. This offer is a new customer exclusive only so follow our links to get signed up. After registration and an initial deposit (customers using Moneybookers or Neteller to deposit will not qualify for this offer) of a £10 minimum, go and place a FIRST BET up to a maximum of £10 on Chelsea to beat Arsenal (90 mins only). If your selection wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site and will have the extra amount, bringing the bet up to the cumulative 6/1 payout, credited in free bets. The maximum stake for this offer is £10 and free bets get credited in increments of £10 and expire after 30 days. This Paddy Power offer expires at 117:30 on Saturday, May 27th and applies to singles only, any bets with any match result selection in a multiple will be settled at the normal price.

Coral offer FA Cup Final Yellow Card to be shown at 8/1 enhanced odds

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal aren’t exactly the best of friends and the two of them will meet up at Wembley on Saturday in the 2017 FA Cup Final. They traded home wins in the Premier League meetings this season, but Chelsea, of course, won the league whereas Arsenal failed to get into the top four. Chelsea have won each of their last four FA Cup Final appearances and have won 9 of 11 major finals under the ownership of Roman Abramovich. Will Antonio Conte’s men be able to power their way through to a domestic double, for just the second time in their history? Arsenal stand in their way and they have won two of the last three editions of the FA Cup and have won the trophy in each of their last five appearances in the final. They have lost just one of their last 22 games in the competition in a fine record, so they have some pretty strong pedigree going for themselves. They have also won each of their last six games played at Wembley as well. After the disappointment of their league finish, will they be able to put a little shine on their season by going out and winning the title for a record 13th time? Register an account with bookmaker Coral and take 8/1 enhanced odds on a yellow card being shown in the match (was 1/50). This is a new customer exclusive from online betting site Coral so after signing up with them, place your FIRST real money bet as a win single of £5 on ‘FA Cup Final – A yellow card to be shown - 8/1’. This offer is £5 bet only after a minimum deposit of £5 on the new account. If your selection wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site and will have your account topped up to reflect the enhanced price in free bets. Should your bet lose, you will receive £5 in free bets on settlement of the market. This offer from Coral runs until 17:30 BST 27/05/2017 with the exception of new accounts depositing funds with Moneybookers, Paysafe, Neteller or Skrill.

Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Predictions & Betting Odds – 27th May 2017

Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Preview - FA Cup 27th May 5.30pm The Gunners will be out at Wembley on Saturday looking to finish the season on a bit of a high. After failing to make it into the top four in the Premier League, this is their only shot left now of landing some silverware for the season. Will the Gunners be able to finish with a bang as they go as underdogs against Chelsea at Wembley? The Blues will have their sights on landing a domestic double for the season having already been crowned Premier League champions. Will the end of season get even better for Antonio Conte? FA Cup Arsenal Chelsea 2017 Infographic One of the top football betting products around is Bet365’s 0-0 Bore Draw Insurance which they offer on all matches listed in their sportsbook. Place a pre-match correct score, scorecast or half-time/full-time wager on a match and if the game ends goalless then the bookmaker will refund lost stakes on the selected markets with a free bet. This applies to all matches in their sportsbook. Register an account with the award winning Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus from them and enjoy other top features like each-way goalscorer odds, live streams and cash out options.

Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Betting Tips

Arsenal have taken a hit in their back line with the loss of Laurent Koscielny through suspension. His appeal against a red card, given out for his foul on Everton's Enner Valencia on the weekend, failed and therefore is out of the game, while Gabriel is definitely out injured, and Shkodran Mustafi is a big doubt for them. So they won't be at their strongest at the back for the FA Cup Final. The Gunners did take that league win over Chelsea back in September, a 3-0 hammering dished out by them at the Emirates. But that has been their only victory in their last twelve competitive meetings with the Blues. The Gunners have actually failed to score in seven of their last ten games against Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea to win to nil at Bet365 is a quote of 2/1. But Arsenal did finish their Premier League campaign quite strongly. Arsenal are on a five-match winning streak at the moment and they collected three clean sheets in that sequence. Both teams to score in the match, with Arsenal having scored at least two goals in each of their last five games, is trading at a price of 3/4 with Bet365 . The Gunners have Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both at 2/1 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. The last time that these two met in the FA Cup was back in the 2009 semi-finals, which the Blues won 2-1. The head to head from FA Cup meetings is actually being led by Arsenal 8-5 with six draws. The Gunners made it through to the final with a somewhat easy run, beating Preston in the third round, then crushing Southampton in the fourth round before going up against non-league sides Sutton and the Lincoln City. Their big win was a 2-1 victory over Manchester City against the odds to put themselves back at Wembley. Arsenal have won two of the last three editions of the FA Cup. Chelsea’s last FA Cup title came back in 2011/12 with a win over Liverpool in the final. Antonio Conte led the Blues to the Premier League title with a record number of wins and now they turn their focus to the FA Cup Final. They have had a somewhat tougher route in the latter stages, having gone past Peterborough, Brentford and Wolves before running into Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final. The Blues edged a tight 1-0 win there before facing the in-form Spurs in the semi-final. Despite having left out Diego Costa and Eden Hazard from the starting line up, the Blues romped to a 4-2 victory. By and large, it is Chelsea running with the head to head form and they will go into the final as strong favourites. They have been scoring heavily recently and over 2.5 goals in the game at Bet365 is a price of 4/5. Chelsea are currently running on a seven-match winning streak in all competitions and all but one of those games have seen at least three goals. The Blues have totalled 24 goals in their last seven games so having the scoring power to destroy the Gunners. Diego Costa is 5/6 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, with Eden Hazard at 6/5 and Pedro at 2/1. Michy Batshuayi, who scored Chelsea's Premier League title-winning goal is a 13/10 option with Bet365, who netted a brace against Spurs in the semi final, at 11/5. They are stacked with scoring potential. This will actually be just the second FA Cup final between these two, the previous one happening in the 2001/02 season, which Arsenal won 2-1 thanks largely to the famous Ray Parlour strike from 25-yards.

If Arsenal win this, they would land their 13th trophy, moving them one ahead of Manchester United on 12.

If it is the Blues who are triumphant, then it would move them to eight FA Cup trophies alongside Tottenham (third overall).

Whoever wins on Saturday, it will mean that seven of the last 11 FA Cups will have been won by either Arsenal or Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger would set a record for most FA Cup wins as a manager (7, currently on 6 with George Ramsay) if Arsenal win on Saturday.

Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last four FA Cup Finals, all of which have been contested at Wembley (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012). Arsenal were the last team to beat them in an FA Cup Final.

The eventual Premier League champions have also gone on to win the FA Cup on 11 of the 18 occasions they’ve played in the final, most recently Chelsea in 2010.

Arsenal are on a six match winning streak at Wembley, their best run at the ground (new or old).

Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Betting Odds

Chelsea 4/5, Draw 3/1, Arsenal 15/4

Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues are just flying at the moment and Arsenal still have vulnerabilities there at the back which the dynamic Chelsea can expose. The Blues just have too much depth, as they showed in not starting Costa and Hazard in the semi final against Spurs to go out and celebrate by beating Arsenal and completing the double.

Man City 2/5 favourites to sign Tottenham’s Kyle Walker

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England full-back Kyle Walker had a pretty fine season with Tottenham, but towards the end of the term he was finding himself on the bench and that, of course, sparked rumours that he could be leaving in the summer. He has continuously been linked with a £40m Tottenham departure. Manchester City are 2/5 favourites at Ladbrokes to capture him over the summer and with his pace and attacking dynamic, he would look a pretty solid fit for Pep Guardiola's team. He’s hard working, he is very quick and he likes to play up in the final third of the pitch whenever he can and he would slot right into the City side without any issues probably. But Chelsea and Bayern Munich are reportedly on the hunt as well for the England youngster. Chelsea have moved into a position of 3/1 second-favourites to land Walker over the summer and that, of course, wouldn’t exactly be a crowd pleaser with the Tottenham faithful. Bayern Munich are right there in the market at a quote of 7/2. Chelsea, of course, have the extra burden of UEFA Champions League football next season and will need to strengthen their squad and that would be a quality signing for them. With Chelsea's three across the back, Walker would be a good fit there as he would naturally have the freedom to get forward when he could. Walker found himself on the bench for four of Tottenham's last ten league games, after rumours that he had clashed with boss Mauricio Pochettino on the training ground earlier in the year. Bayern Munich are on the prowl reportedly too as they look to replace Philip Lahm, who announced his retirement after 14 seasons with the club.

Kyle Walker transfer special odds

Man City 2/5, Chelsea 3/1, Bayern Munich 7/2, Manchester United 12/1, Barcelona 16/1, Real Madrid 20/1, PSG 25/1. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is a limit of one free bet per customer. Ladbrokes run 5-team (or bigger) accumulator insurance as well on selected matches on the Match Betting Market where you will get MONEY BACK as a free bet up to £25 if one team lets you down.

Paddy Power pays out to three customers on John Terry’s 26th-minute substitution

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One of the big moments of the final Premier League weekend was John Terry’s 26th-minute substitution in his final league appearance for Chelsea on the weekend. The pre-planned substitution, which happened in the 26th minute to match Terry’s squad number, has seen bookmaker Paddy Power pay out to three punters on the specific time of Terry’s substitution in the match. It has been reported that Paddy Power accepted the wagers on Terry being substituted between 26:00 and 26:59 in Sunday's Premier League clash with Sunderland. Sunderland was aware of the plans, which had all been the idea of John Terry himself. Paddy Power said in a statement to Press Association Sport on Monday: "We replied to a novelty request for odds on John Terry's substitution - one of hundreds on the Chelsea game - and fair play to the three punters who were on at odds of 100-1. Two of the customers won £2,500 and £1,000 respectively while the other was a punter who attended the game and predicted the outcome, making an enquiry with Paddy Power before placing a £25 bet on the phone. The punter, who wished to remain anonymous stated’: "We thought maybe 10-1, 15-1 at most as there was a precedent set (by Drogba's substitution).” While one of the other punters said "I was surprised the odds were that high." Now the FA has set about asking betting companies involved in any payout on John Terry’s substation, for information on bets that they received for it. FA rules on match fixing state: "Fixing is arranging in advance the result or conduct of a match or competition or any event within a match or competition. "Fixing is prohibited and is treated very seriously." There has been no suspicion over John Terry, of Chelsea for the substitution, as it was just a gesture made by them to give their long-standing captain a big send off. There was a precedent for this as Chelsea literally carried Didier Drogba off the pitch in his final game for them, which was actually midway through the first half of a game against Sunderland a couple of years ago. Terry’s 26th-minute substitution was all over social media prior to the game, being forecast by the Chelsea fanzine editor.