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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.

Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup Prediction & Betting Odds – 22nd April 2018


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.

Burnley v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 19th April 2018

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.

Why ‘trebles from five’ make more sense than accumulator bets

Betting Advice

Bookmakers love it when customers place accumulator bets. While they are keen to publicise any big win that’s been achieved from a multiple wager, that’s because the vast majority of bet slips are losing ones.

Ultimately, football accumulator bets fail for two reasons. Firstly, football can be a very unpredictable sport, with odds-on favourites regularly getting beaten. There haven’t been many weekends where Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all won this season, with the Red Devils slipping up unexpectedly against Burnley and Sunderland. Meanwhile, regularly including Rafael Benitez’s team in a weekend multiple bet would have spelt disaster for your accumulator.

The second reason is pure mathematics. For each football match, there are three outcomes; the home win, the away win and the draw (which is rarely included in a multiple bet). Therefore, if you pick three teams to win their matches on a Saturday in a treble, then you are essentially backing one of 27 possible permutations that could happen in those games (3 outcomes x 3 outcomes x 3 outcomes). If you take this further and put together a five-team accumulator, you are going for one of 243 possible outcomes.

While many three-team or five-team accumulators include odds-on favourites, Manchester City and Celtic proved at the weekend that beefing up your multiple bet with a 1.33 selection does not automatically mean it’s a safe inclusion. If you are placing these type of bets, always ensure that you consider each team to be value at the prices quoted, the bookmakers clearly aren’t foolish with their pricing up of any team.

While it’s fun to place accumulator bets for small stakes, a more sensible option for a long-term profit is to select five teams and place 10 trebles on the selections. With this bet, you will get a return providing that at least three selections win, while a handsome profit can be achieved by getting four right and a very nice win by managing to pick all five. The beauty of this bet is that you can afford to get up to two of your picks incorrect and still make a profit.

Obviously, with trebles from five, it makes little sense to back teams at big odds-on. However, say you pick five teams at odds of 2.25, roughly the price that Chelsea were available at against Manchester United on Sunday. Say that three of your teams win (not unrealistic) and that two draw or lose. Therefore, one of your ten lines have won and you have made a unit stake profit of over 1 point (1 x 2.25 x 2.25 x 2.25 = 11.4). Your overall stake is 10 points for this bet and you naturally have the potential to win a lot more by getting four or five selections correct.

This also means that if you think a team is value at 3.00 or 4.00 but want some kind of insurance in case they don’t win, you can offset with one or two strong fancies at odds-on in your trebles from five.

Although the potential winnings from getting all five right aren’t as great as accumulator bets, this is a wager which should ensure much more of a return on a long-term basis.


Southampton v Chelsea Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th April 2018

Southampton v Chelsea Betting Tips - Premier League 14th April 12.30pm Southampton are going to have to snap out of their poor fortunes pretty quickly if they are going to turn around their season. It’s going from bad to worse and they are on a three-match losing streak. Chelsea only managed a home point against West Ham last weekend and are in danger now of slumping out of the top five with Arsenal now hot on their heels.

Southampton News and Form

It is a three-match losing sequence that the struggling Saints find themselves on at the moment and they are winless with a D2 L4 record in their last six played. Since taking a home win over Everton back on November 26th, Southampton have won just one game in the top flight since then. That was in early February against West Brom. There have been just the five wins for Southampton this season. Goals have been a struggle for them too with only having scored in two of their last six league games. Under 2.5 goals at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018) looks a decent option for this game. The home record that Southampton have come up with on home soil this season is W3 D7 L6 and since that aforementioned win over Everton, they are eight games without success at St Mary's. Each of their last four home games have gone under 2.5 goals and they have failed to come up with a goal in their last two at home. Southampton average exactly one goal per home game this season. Only bottom side West Brom have a worse home record that Southampton have this season.

Chelsea News and Form

It hasn’t been a great season for Chelsea who are just limping towards the finish line now. They had full control of their home game against West Ham on the weekend, but couldn’t finish the job and threw away points in a 1-1 draw. That is just a W2 D1 L5 record that Chelsea have come up with in their last eight Premier League games now. They have lost each of their last three away from home, against Watford Man Utd and then Man City and they are left with a W7 D3 L5 away record this season. The just can’t seem to hold things together at the back and there has been no clean sheet for them in their last five league outings. Both teams to score at bet365 may well be worth a flutter at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018). Chelsea are just struggling to close out games. Alvaro Morata had plenty of chances against West Ham and did look much sharper than he has done in a while. The top four finish has gone for Chelsea and they find themselves in fifth with only the in-form Arsenal now three points behind them. However, it may not be all in vain. The last time they didn’t play in in the Champions League, they won the Premier League (last season).

Southampton v Chelsea Head to Head

Chelsea collected a narrow 1-0 success over the Saints when they met earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are now on a four-match winning streak against Southampton. The Saints, in fact, have won just one of the last nine meetings between the two clubs (W1 D2 L6). Chelsea took a 2-0 win at St Mary’s last season and they are unbeaten in their last four league visit there, winning three of them.

Southampton v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 5/6, Draw 13/5, Southampton 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018)

Southampton v Chelsea Predictions

Draw: Would it be a huge surprise if neither managed to collect the win in this one? Probably not. Chelsea can’t seem to close out game and Southampton haven’t tasted success in a long while in the top flight. A share of the spoils seems to be the most likely.

Chelsea v West Ham Predictions & Betting Odds – 8th April 2018

Chelsea v West Ham Betting Tips - Premier League 8th April 4.30pm Chelsea failed to deliver the points they needed against Spurs on the weekend to keep themselves in the race for a top-four place. That chance has been shot now with an eight-point gap to make up heading into the weekend with just the seven games to go. West Ham eased their relegation worries with a crucial victory at home over Southampton. It’s a tough London derby away day for them here though.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues pretty much saw their hopes of a top-four finish this season come crashing down with a 3-1 home loss against Spurs last weekend. That was their fifth defeat in their last seven league games (W2) so it hasn't been good from them. The two wins in that sequence though were on home soil and they are holding a W10 D2 L4 record at Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea have only suffered the two defeats in their last twelve home fixtures in the Premier League. They don't look all that good at the back, there have been a lot of mistakes creeping into their game the longer the season has worn on. Both teams to score at bet365 is a viable option for this at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018).

Chelsea v Westham 2018 Infographic

They have not been running all that hot going forward either apart from the odd top performance from either Eden Hazard or Willian. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring against Spurs last weekend and he is the 11/4 bet365 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). Chelsea's last four home fixtures in the league have made it to at least three goals, and that is despite them still having conceded an average of under a goal per game this term. They are only playing for a fifth-place finish now this season realistically.

West Ham News and Form

West Ham produced a good 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend to ease some big pressure from off their shoulders. Marko Arnautovic had an impressive game up front and for this game, he is a 3/1 bet365 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The Hammers though have lost their last three on the road now in the top flight, overall only putting up two wins away from home in a W2 D5 L9 record. They have produced an average of 1.25 goals per away game, but their problems have been at the back where they have shipped an average of 2.3 goals per game and are without a clean sheet in their last six. West Ham are on an eight-match scoring streak on the road and over 2.5 goals at bet365 should have plenty of appeal in this one. 65% of West Ham’s goals conceded away from home this season have come in the second half of matches. They head into the weekend five points above the drop zone after last week's success.

Chelsea v West Ham Head to Head

The Irons pulled out a surprise three points with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in December. Their record against Chelsea in this London derby fixture isn’t all that bad as things are even over the last five meetings with two wins each and a draw. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eleven Premier League home games against the Hammers.

Chelsea v West Ham Betting Odds*

Chelsea 2/7, Draw 4/1, West Ham 11/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:00 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)

Chelsea v West Ham Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues have to come up with some kind of response and show some kind of fight. They haven’t been playing all that badly in patches really, they have just lacked some clinical finishing and concentration at the back. They will find gaps against the Hammers. Home win and over 2.5 goals.

Goal Minutes Stats for Premier League Teams (part 2)

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Goal Minutes Stats for Premier League Teams (part 2)

Once more, stats relating to goals. Or lack of them.
They all relate to my TOP TEN PREMIERSHIP teams
Again all info relates to the last FOUR seasons in th PREMIERSHIP.

The first set are teams which score first and then go on to lose the match

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL          1           0           2           1       
LIVERPOOL        0           1           0           1
MAN. UTD.        0           1           1           2
MAN. CITY.       2           0           1           4
CHELSEA          0           2           0           1
'SPURS           0           3           4           2
FULHAM           4           2           5           2
A. VILLA         2           1           3           0
EVERTON          1           2           2           2
WEST HAM         3           2           1           2

Over the four seasons, these TEN sides scored first on SIXTY-THREE occasions BUT STILL LOST.
That's just 4.14% "go wrong". If we restrict ourselves to the accepted "TOP FOUR" (ARSENAL. LIVERPOOL, MAN.U. AND CHELSEA) the figure drops down to .92%.

The four season totals for the "top four"  is only 13.
This would indicate to me that once you steer clear of any tight games, you can expect any of these sides  to, at least, draw once they have taken the lead.   /

This set of figures is about how often the sides can turn around a goal deficit.
The manager always calls it "character" when his team come from behind to win.
These teams have conceded the first goal then go on to win.

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL          1           5           5           4
LIVERPOOL        0           1           3           6
MAN.UTD.         4           5           2           3
MAN.CITY         2           0           2           0
CHELSEA          4           1           4           2
'SPURS           4           3           0           2
FULHAM           2           1           3           1
A. VILLA         0           3           3           4
EVERTON          0           1           0           2
WEST HAM         5           2           4           2

These figures show that some teams never give-in.
The surprise packet here is West Ham.  We need to keep an eye on them this season.
The disappointment here is Everton.  I find their lack of fight-back uncharacteristic of the club.   

This time we look at teams which score first can only manage to draw.

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL          1           2           3           4
LIVERPOOL        2           0           6           2
MAN. UTD.        3           2           3           2
MAN. CITY.       0           1           3           3
CHELSEA          2           2           5           1
'SPURS           5           2           8           1
FULHAM           3           6           5           1
A. VILLA         3           6           2           3
EVERTON          4           6           3           3
WEST HAM         1           1           7           3

This small table can clearly be divided into two. The lower half appearing to be teams that tend to rest on their laurels once they have an advantage. Then again in season 07/08 both Liverpool and Chelsea seemed to have adopted a benevolent attitude.
In general however, the top teams to appear to be the most reliable once they get the bit between their teeth.

Teams that fight back after conceding that important first goal and win themselves a point.

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL          1           7           6           3
LIVERPOOL        3           3           2           4
MAN. UTD         1           2           2           1 
MAN. CITY.       1           1           3           2
CHELSEA          1           6           2           3                  
'SPURS           3           5           4           3
FULHAM           0           5           4           2              
A. VILLA         4           6           9           3
EVERTON          2           5           2           4 
WEST.HAM         3           3           2           2

Looking at these figures it's hard to decide who to admire the most. The team that stops the opposition scoring first, or the team that fights back.

Now a look at how teams fare when they give away that important first goal and fail to fight back.
These figures show how many go on to lose all three points.

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL         10           8           1           5
LIVERPOOL        6           9           4           1
MAN. UTD.        5           4           4           2
MAN. CITY.      19          18          12          14
CHELSEA          5           1           3           4
'SPURS           9           9          10          13
FULHAM          14          13          13          11
A. VILLA      
  14           9           7          10
EVERTON         15           8           9           7
WEST HAM        12          19          14          13

Once more it would appear that the generally accepted BIG FOUR are the most reliable in this category, too.

Finally a set of figures which shows which teams really mean business.
These sides take the lead and then make sure they get the three points.

               05/06       06/07       07/08       08/09
ARSENAL         19          14          19          16
LIVERPOOL       25          19          18          19
MAN. UTD.       21          23          23          25
MAN. CITY.      11          11          13          15
CHELSEA         25          23          21          23
'SPURS          14          14          11          12
FULHAM          12           7           5          13
A. VILLA        10           8          13          13
EVERTON         14          14          19          15
WEST HAM        11          10           9          12 

This last table shows that the most consistent teams really are those we know as the BIG FOUR.
However this season, the emergence of both Man City and 'Spurs, could mean that there will be a REAL CHALLENGE for those CHAMPIONS LEAGUE places.

These figures will be of most use to those of you who like to TRADE whilst the match is in progress, or are enamoured of SPREAD BETTING.
Nevertheless they do make interesting reading for anyone who has an interest in trying to find those elusive winners.


Chelsea v Tottenham Predictions & Betting Odds – 1st April 2018

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Tips - Premier League 1st April 4.00pm Chelsea and Tottenham renew their rivalry as they go toe to toe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the weekend's big Premier League clash. This is a big battle for a top-four place and Chelsea are going to have to pull out a win in this one at home to try and make a move on Tottenham. They start the fixture five points behind fourth-placed Spurs so have to make up some ground in this one. On the other hand, Spurs could pretty much guarantee themselves a top-four finish with a win.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues step into one of their biggest pressure situations of the season. They have to record three points in this one to keep their hopes of landing a Champions League qualifying place alive. They are trailing Spurs by five points and need to make the most of this opportunity to close it a bit. The Blues are on a two-match winning streak at home at the moment after successes against West Brom and Crystal Palace. Their overall home record for this season is W10 D2 L3 for the season and they have averaged 1.7 goals per game on home soil. Their overall form in the league home and away has been poor (W2 L4) recently, but they have been stronger at home.

Chelsea v Tottenham 2018 Infographic

Each of the last three fixtures at Stamford Bridge have gone over 2.5 goals and that is 21/20 at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to happen in this one as well. Olivier Giroud is the 13/8 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for the game, but Willian out at 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) is always a tempting proposition and has been in sparkling form. He has scored two of Chelsea’s last three goals. This season, the current reigning champions only have two victories in eight previous games against top-six opponents.

Tottenham News and Form

As Chelsea have been far from rock solid at the back, despite Spurs missing Harry Kane as their main scoring threat, then the both teams to score option at bet365 for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) still looks a good proposition. Tottenham can pretty lock lock down a top-four finish with a victory at the Bridge as Chelsea won’t make up eight points on them in seven games, if Spurs are successful on the weekend. Spurs are running in terrific form, holding a four-match winning streak and no loss since getting taken apart by Man City on December 16th. That is a twelve match unbeaten streak they have produced since then. Spurs are W8 D3 L4 on the road, winning four of their last six away from Wembley (D2). Spurs have averaged 1.9 goals per game away from home this season and have been their usual solid selves at the back, taking a clean sheet in 40% of their road games. They are currently running on an eighteen match scoring streak in the league. Even without Kane, they will still be a threat.    

Chelsea v Tottenham Head to Head

Chelsea collected a victory at Wembley when they took on Spurs, and that was their third win in the last four against them in all competitions (L1). Last season Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners at the Bridge in their league meeting with Spurs and are defending a proud unbeaten home record against Spurs in the Premier League. Chelsea have won three of their last four (D1) league home games against Spurs and overall home and away in all competitions are W4 D2 L1 in their last seven against them.

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Odds*

Chelsea 5/4, Tottenham 11/5, Draw 23/10* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018)

Chelsea v Tottenham Predictions

Chelsea to win: Somewhere in there Chelsea have what it takes to put things together and produce a solid enough performance to win matches like this. They misfired badly in their big clash against Man City recently but can make amends with a win in this one. They have to leave it all out there.

Man City 4/6 favourites at Bet365 to win 2018/19 Premier League

Manchester City
We still have the rest of the Premier League season to get, through the FA Cup to settle, the Champions League still to play itself out and of course the World Cup in the summer. However, bet365 this week launched odds on the Premier League Next Season Winner market. It is an interesting look ahead actually, because Manchester City have already wrapped up this season pretty much. The bookmaker has installed Pep Guardiola’s men as the 4/6 outright favourites* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to double up with a league title next season as well. The Citizens have run away with things this term, stomping all over the nearest challengers on their way to what could be a record-breaking season for them. They have produced such dominance this term that they look as if they could be untouchable for some time. The 4/6 odds on them implies a 60% chance of them collecting the Premier League title next season and if they did, they would be the first team to do so since rivals Manchester United pulled it off in the 2007/08 season. Manchester United’s chances are out at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) which is just a 14% chance and they have had some difficulties in impressing their own support this season under Jose Mourinho, falling badly short in the Champions League as well.     There could be a summer shake-up on the way at Old Trafford. Liverpool are sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) as they are deemed the ones to have the best chance of all in breaking the dominance of Manchester City. That could totally hinge upon whether or not Jurgen Klopp can hang on to Mo Salah over the summer with the likes of Real Madrid naturally on the radar. Chelsea, who could lose Antonio Conte in the summer are only 10/1 shots at Bet365* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to get themselves back to the top of the table next season. It’s hard to judge where the Blues are going to be at in terms of not only top personnel like Willian and Eden Hazard, but who is going to be in charge of them. Then comes Spurs, despite another solid season of style, the substance hasn’t been there at the end of the day to get themselves really into the title race and after missed chances in previous seasons they are left out at 14/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). Still, that’s better than their North London rivals Arsenal who are 25/1 shots* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to win the league next season. Outside of the traditional big six, you are looking at 200/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) on Everton and 300/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) on Leicester doing a “Leicester” and pulling off a shock title.

FA Cup Semi Final Draw, Winner Odds & Predictions

After an exciting weekend of FA Cup quarter-final action and with no waiting around for any replays, the final four are set for this season’s competition. Chelsea, Spurs, Southampton and Manchester United are the last four teams left standing and the heavyweight showdown of the Wembley semi-final matches is Man Utd v Tottenham. Tottenham made light work of Swansea on the weekend, beating the Welsh club 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium in what could have been a tricky game for the Lilywhites. But they sailed through without the injured Harry Kane and will join Manchester United, who were once again largely uninspiring as they took a 2-0 home win over Brighton. Sunday saw Mark Hughes win at the first time of asking as the new Southampton boss as they avoided a banana skin out at the DW Stadium against Wigan, who had eliminated Manchester City there in the last round. So that was a job pretty well done by the Saints who will go to Wembley to face Chelsea. The Blues put in a spirited effort on the road at the King Power against Leicester, with Pedro netting an extra time winner for them.

FA Cup Winner Odds*

Tottenham 2/1, Man Utd 9/4, Chelsea 13/8, Southampton 14/1* (betting odds taken at 9:17 p.m. on March 18th, 2018)

Semi Final Odds*

Chelsea 3/9, Draw 7/2, Southampton 11/2 Tottenham 6/4, Man Utd 9/4, Draw 9/4* (betting odds taken at 9:17 p.m. on March 18th, 2018)


Tottenham will have something of an advantage in their tie because of them playing their home games at Wembley this season and knowing the stadium and conditions well there. Manchester United are really struggling to get out of second gear in matches and Spurs should be able to make the most of this opportunity. As for the other semi final, the open spaces that Chelsea should enjoy on the Wembley pitch should see them through which should set up a thrilling London derby for the Final.