Didier Drogba

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Drogba betting on Chelsea return hints at understated role

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
It is a story of romanticism, that Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea, the club which he fired to success and which is his footballing spiritual home. For so many years Drogba was Chelsea, their leader, their talisman that it was a heart-wrenching divorce for fans when he left. But the big man is back and online betting site Skybet have come up with some interesting market to enjoy some Didier Drogba betting on. But first of all, it is important to understand, that because of Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku at the club, Drogba’s role isn’t going to be that big of one. You can see him mostly getting League and FA Cup matches, and some time out in away games in Europe. But in trusting him to lead the line week-in, week-out in the Premier League, it isn’t going to happen. Online betting site Skybet have priced him up as a 5/6 shot to go over/under 7.5 league goals for the season and most action that he will see there will probably be off the bench. He isn’t going to come back and fire off a twenty-goal season for the Blues in the Premier League, that is unreasonable to expect from the 36 year old. He is simply there for back up support. Skybet have priced up some debut specials for him though, as Drogba is 6/4 to score on his competitive debut, and 10/1 to score a brace on his first match back with the Blues. Drogba is 50/1 to score a hat trick on his competitive debut. There is also a Win Special market for punters to enjoy on Drogba as well, for the man who scored so many vital, big goals for the Blues. Drogba is 7/2 to score in a major cup final 2014/15 and is a 16/1 shot to score in the 2015 Champions League final. His last goal for Chelsea of course was that Champions League winning spot kick against Bayern Munich and Drogba is 66/1 with Skybet to score a penalty shoot out in the Champions League final again.

Chelsea v Bayern Munich First Goalscorer Betting Odds & Preview

Online bookmaker BetFred have their Double Delight, Hat-trick Heaven promotion running for Bayern Munich v Chelsea Champions League final betting. This is a very popular promotion from the bookmaker, which provides the possibility of some extra profit in the First Goalscorer market. Chelsea head to Munich on Saturday evening for the biggest night of their season, and have to tackle both suspensions and injuries to take on the might of four times European Champions Bayern Munich. Chelsea aren't helped by the fact that the game in on Munich's home turf either. But who will step up in front of goal and be a hero? Chelsea will look to the qualities of Didier Drogba, while Bayern Munich have the lethal Mario Gomez up front for them. Back a winning First Goalscorer selection, and if that player then goes on to score a second in the Champions League final, then BetFred will pay you out at double your original odds. There is better to come if your successful First Goalscorer happens to hit a rich vein of form and net a hat-trick. If that happens, then online bookmaker BetFred will treble your First Goalscorer odds, so there is a tremendous amount of potential value in looking in the market with BetFred. Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50. What is on offer in Chelsea v Bayern Munich Champions League final first Goalscorer Betting? Well, the man of the tournament really, Mario Gomez, who has netted twelve times in eleven matches is the outright favourite at 4/1. He has been deadly all season for Bayern and will get his chances. Team mates Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and Franck Ribery are also massive threats to the makeshift Chelsea back line as well and are trading around 6/1 in the Champions League final First Goalscorer market. What of the Chelsea forwards? Well, Didier Drogba is the big man when it comes to important games for the Blues, and he is in at7/1, just short of Fernando Torres at 8/1. Bayern Munich v Chelsea Match Betting Odds at BetFred Bayern 4/5, Draw 1//4, Chelsea 10/3

Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview and Money Back Special

David Silva (Manchester City)
The massive Man City v Chelsea betting clash on Wednesday night, has some nice coverage being offered on it from popular bookie Ladbrokes. There is a whole lot at stake in this match, for both sides, as City look to keep themselves in the title race after falling four points behind Manchester United, while Chelsea need to keep up the pressure for a fourth place finish. There is an incredible array of forward talent available for the game at the Etihad Stadium, as City look to the likes of Sergio Aguero to earn them three crucial points, while Didier Drogba will be the focus of the attack for the visiting Chelsea. If Didier Drogba scores at any time during Man City v Chelsea betting, then popular online bookmaker Ladbrokes will refund your lost stake as a free bet on any losing First Goalscorer bets. That really opens up the First Goalscorer market for Manchester City v Chelsea betting, where Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and the returning Carlos Tevez are all at 4/1, while Drogba is Chelsea's top option at 6/1. Back any player in the First Goalscorer market, and if Drogba scores at any time during the match, any losing First Goalscorer bets will be refunded. Superb coverage on the game then from Ladbrokes, who offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some great free betting cash to enjoy on your new account! Manchester City v Chelsea Betting Odds Man City to win: 20/21 at Bet Victor Draw: 13/5 at Bet365 Chelsea to win: 10/3 at Boylesports Find the latest results, League Table, Top Scorer and more on our football statistics on online-betting.me.uk (just choose your country & your preferred topic) Well, the destiny of the Premier League title could take a huge swing on Wednesday evening, because if City fail to pick up at least a point, then they will leave their rivals Manchester United with a huge advantage. United, with a 5-0 win on the weekend over Wolves, put the pressure firmly upon Roberto Mancini's men to respond. Do City have what it takes? Well, at home they have this season, and make no mistake. Their home form has been flawless so far, racking up fourteen wins from fourteen matches, and now is the not the time to be snapping that streak. City find themselves in arrears in the title chase, after suffering a late heartbreak at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea in their last league match, dropping three points. It has not been a good week or so for City, who crashed out of the Europa League as well, as well as losing top spot in the Premier League. If ever their title credentials have come into question, then it will be in this match. Has it been any surprise that Mancini has suggested that Carlos Tevez is targeting getting back to first team action for this one? That is how much pressure is on, and a fit, enthusiastic Tevez is the kind of match winner that City need to have at their disposal right now. He has proven to be prolific against Chelsea, scoring in each of his last five matches against Chelsea. Tevez has a tremendous record for City, scoring 44 goals in 69 league matches for the Citizens. If he can get back in amongst the fire-power that Aguero, Balotelli and Dzeko have produced at home this season, then City will be even much more of a handful. City have scored 46 goals this season in front of their home fans, and something which gets overlooked about City, is their fantastic defensive record at home as well. They have conceded just six goals in their fourteen home matches, and that is a rate of 0.42 goals per game. So not only do visiting teams have to cope with the City attack, they have to tried and find a way through a mean defence. City really need this one, especially after dropping three points at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, and as rejuvenated as Chelsea have looked, does City's home form carry all the weight in Manchester City v Chelsea betting? A huge night at the Etihad on Wednesday, where City have scored eight unanswered goals in their last three league matches. The wheels may be wobbling on their season, but they haven't totally come off yet. Can they keep themselves in the title hunt? *Four penalties have been awarded in the last five meetings between these two sides. Chelsea have now won four straight matches under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo. Miraculously, he even got Fernando Torres to score too, as Chelsea ran out 5-2 winners over Leicester in the FA Cup quarter final on Wednesday. While Chelsea look to have found their feet a bit, and especially rediscovered some of the team spirit and unity that has been sorely lacking this season, their away form has been nothing to write home about at all. The Blues have lost their last two away fixtures in the Premier League (against Everton and West Brom) and are without a win in their last four. Not the kind of form to be taking to the fortress that is the Etihad Stadium. But Chelsea need the win, just as much as City do, albeit for different reasons. They start the midweek fixtures three points behind fourth placed Arsenal, so if Chelsea lose and Arsenal win on Wednesday at Everton, the Stamford Bridge crew could be facing an uphill battle to get back into the Champions League. Chelsea are busy on all fronts at the moment, in the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Premier League. They played on the weekend, whereas City took a break, but Roberto Di Matteo did shuffle his pack. Huge night, everything at stake. Frank Lampard has scored six goals in the last ten meetings against Man City.

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorer – Football Betting (21 January – 12 February)

Ayew - Pantsil (Ghana)
There will be a few Premier League managers anxiously viewing the African Cup Of Nations from afar once it gets under way in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Particular nervous will be Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew, who will be wincing with every challenge on Demba Ba. The Senegal striker has been a revelation since arriving on Tyneside from West Ham and has already found the net 15 times for his club since the start of the campaign. Boylesports have opened up a market on the top goalscorer at the Africa Cup Of Nations and have made Ba their 4/1 joint favourite alongside Chelsea's Didier Drogba. The Ivory Coast centre-forward has doesn't figure anywhere near the top of the Premier League's current sharp-shooters but has had an interrupted campaign and is almost guaranteed to start every game for his national side, who have a powerful squad and are likely to go a long way in the competition. Alongside Drogba the Elephants, winners in 1992, can also call upon Premier League stars Yaya and Kolo Toure, Salomon Kalou, Cheick Tiote and Gervinho. The Arsenal striker is 18/1 to end up the leading goalscorer in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Gervinho's club team-mate Marouane Chamakh has struggled to make his mark at the Emirates but will lead the Morocco line in the Africa Cup Of Nations and is 22/1 with Boylesports, but it appears that Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan is facing a race against time to be fit for Ghana's opener. Gyan is on a season-long loan at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month. He is 8/1 with Boylesports and on betfair but just as interesting is compatriot Andre Ayew. The French-born striker was the BBC's African Football of the Year in 2011 and has already impressed for club side Marseille in the Champions' League this season. Still only 22, he has already played for his country in two Africa Cup Of Nations as well as a World Cup so knows what tournament football is all about. Ayew is a 16/1 chance to be top goalscorer with Boylesports which is almost twice the odds of Senegal's veteran striker Mamadou Niang (9/1), who has been playing his club football in Qatar, and a lot bigger than the latter's fellow countryman Moussa Sow (10/1), who has only ever scored once outside his native country in international football. 2012 Africa Cup of Nations - more Betting Odds, Tips and Preview  

Chelsea v Everton FA Cup Betting – Paddy Power Money Back Special

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Paddy Power are running a FA Cup Money Back Special on Chelsea v Everton. If the fourth round replay happens to end in a 0-0 draw, then you can lost stake refunds on the 1st/Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on the match. The Blues will be without record signing Fernando Torres, as he is cup tied, and new defender David Luiz is also ineligible to play. Ancelotti will draft Didier Drogba back into the line up after getting a rest in the Premier League last week, and Drogba is 7/2 First Goalscorer which will of course be covered by the Money Back Special. If you think that Salomon Kalou, who netted the equaliser in the first match will score the last goal of the game, then there is a 6/1 price riding on him. These are great markets to look at with the insurance from Paddy Power, and three of the last four games between Everton and Chelsea have ended in a draw. In the correct score markets, Chelsea are being tipped to edge this one 1-0 and that fetches 11/2 with Paddy Power, while a more comfortable 2-0 win will bring returns at 6/1. Everton’s defence has been leaky as they are slipping back down the Premier League and don’t seem to have the firepower to run riot at Stamford Bridge. But matches between these sides are generally pretty close, and with so much at stake, the tension will be high. Check out Paddy Power for your FA Cup betting, and take a look through the sub markets which are covered by their Chelsea v Everton football betting promotion. If you are not a customer with Paddy Power, then the extra good news is that there is a free £25 bet awaiting new customers, when they sign up with the popular online bookmaker, who really excel at football betting promotions like this!


Chelsea v Liverpool Betting & Promotion at Paddy Power

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Online bookmaker Paddy Power, to very little surprise are offer a football betting special for the forthcoming Chelsea v Liverpool Premier League fixture which takes place on Sunday, February 6th. The Blues have of course, landed the £50m striker Fernando Torres, and are looking to boost their chances of bringing home some silverware this year, after falling behind in the Premier League title race. Torres will certainly improve Chelsea up front, as their strikers were to blame for a large portion of their slump in form this season. So now there is competition for places, and Chelsea are again looking as if they have rediscovered their scoring touch, putting four goals past Bolton and Sunderland in their last two league matches. If Chelsea are getting their power play mode back, then Torres will only enhance it. With the departure of Fernando Torres from Anfield, Liverpool were able to dip into the transfer market, and picked up Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, and capture the signature of Newcastle and England forward Andy Carroll. Two heads are better than one perhaps, as the lone approach from Torres certainly wasn’t working for the Reds. Maybe it is a shrewd bit of business by both teams, but the focus will be on Torres as he faces his former club so soon after leaving them. Paddy Power’s Money Back special surrounds Torres. If the last goal of the Chelsea v Liverpool match is scored by Torres, then the popular online bookmaker will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and Scorecast singles placed on the match.

This is a pretty good promotion, from one of the best providers of football betting promotions. With Didier Drogba being offered at 4/1 at Paddy Power for First Goalscorer, or a 2-0 Chelsea victory being priced at 13/2 with the bookie, there is some good value to be taken early, and the Money Back Special offers a little insurance on your betting. It would be fitting for Torres to win the match for the Blues with the last goal of the game! As for outright prices on the match at Paddy Power, Chelsea are favourites to pick up all three points, with a price of 8/13, while Liverpool are underdogs at 9/2 to pick up the victory. The match ending in a draw can be taken for 14/5 at Paddy Power. Check out Paddy Power for your week in, week out football betting, as there are always money back specials to enhance your wagers. The online bookie really does excel at providing these great offers, and is a reason why they are so popular. Their action packed website provides a wonderful portal for your online betting. There is also the welcome offer of a free £50 bet waiting for new customers, making Paddy Power a great bet your sports wagers.


Sunderland vs Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Tuesday, February 1st

Premier League Betting

Sunderland v Chelsea Betting Tip & Odds: This becomes a tough one to call. Sunderland are on the rise and rise, even though they have lost Darren Bent, and Chelsea are still getting back into their groove. This is a tough away match for Carlo Ancelotti’s men though, as Sunderland have played some great football this year, and have shown their mettle against tough opposition. Will Chelsea be able to enact some revenge for the heavy defeat Sunderland handed them at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. Will Fernando Torres be playing for Chelsea? If he is, then Chelsea will automatically be more of a threat. They are still the better team than Sunderland, but the Black Cats, with their tight unit and solid defence, could nick it, even though they are light up front. A draw really isn’t out of the question, so let’s head for an Asian Handicap for coverage. Chelsea -0.75 Asian Handicap for 7/8 at Bet365 looks like a solid, decent value bet. It’ll pay out a half win for 1 goal margin on Chelsea, full payout on 2 goals.

Sunderland to win: 9/2 at Bet365
Draw: 14/5 at Bwin
Chelsea to win: 7/10 at Paddy Power

EPL Match Preview: Will Chelsea have Fernando Torres by the time they take to the field against Sunderland on Tuesday night? The Blues are looking more and more likely to get the unsettled Spanish striker, who had a transfer requested rejected by the club. However, Liverpool are looking more and more likely to cash in on Torres, but only if Chelsea stump up the £50 million asking price. There could well be a part deal, with Nicolas Anelka going back to Anfield in a player plus package deal. Torres would be exactly what Chelsea need to get their season going again. With Didier Drogba looking just a bit off the pace and out of sorts this season (until the last few games), along with Anelka, who has not been firing at all, Chelsea need someone who can convert their chances. A partnership of Drogba and Torres up front would probably terrify a lot of defenses in the league. Is it too late for Chelsea to mount a Premier League title challenge though? You would seriously think so, and it all looks to be out of their hands right now, as they are sitting a massive ten points back of leaders Manchester United. Surely that is just far too much ground to make up, but at least they do appear to be getting their confidence and rhythm back a bit, and their 4-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on January 24th, was a welcome relief to the Chelsea fans,  who have grown to be accustomed to seeing the Blues run up plenty of goals. Their incredibly poor run of form though, has left them probably just fighting for a Champions League place, but if Torres does arrive at Stamford Bridge, then at least it will be a positive move forward for them.

Chelsea’s season really came of the rails when Sunderland went to Stamford Bridge and completely outplayed, outworked and outclassed the home side. The Black Cats came away with a shock 3-0 victory, and that was something which Chelsea really had a hard time recovering from. The Blues need to enact some revenge here, and three points at the Stadium of Light for them would be huge, and would be another shot of confidence for them. It’s not going to be easy, as Sunderland have a great home record, and Chelsea will have to work hard, an area of their game which has let them down at times this season. They simply haven’t been willing to mix it up when things haven’t been going their way, and that has allowed teams to get at them. Chelsea actually don’t have a spectacularly good record away at Sunderland, winning on just 29% of their visits there down the years. They are also averaging just 1.2 goals per match up north as well. However, that having been said, Chelsea have won on their last five visits to Sunderland, so they have been in good shape up there. You look down the list of Premier League fixtures and see 3-0 score lines, 4-0, 5-0, 7-2 score lines in Chelsea’s favour, so they have had the large upper hand lately. The bad defeat which they suffered at Stamford Bridge, should serve as all the inspiration they need to go and put in a strong performance.

There will be no Darren Bent on show for Sunderland of course, as he made the strange decision to move to the struggling Aston Villa. Sunderland are a very good side this season, hard working and play as a very tight unit. Manager Steve Bruce has really instilled a sense of consistency in them, and they come into this match on the back of a four match unbeaten run in the league. They have rocketed up to sixth in the league, and at the start of play, they will be just four points behind Chelsea, and so they have a lot to play for. They are not going to need too much of an inspirational and motivational talk from the boss, as they have proven that they beat the best this season. Sunderland have actually lost one game fewer than what Chelsea have, but the difference is in the goal scoring department, and this may make the difference on the day. Chelsea have hit 42 league goals, while Sunderland have scored just 28. How much will they be hurting from the departure of Darren Bent? Well, he has been a proven goal scorer for them, but Sunderland do have the exciting Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck to turn to and in the immediate match played after Bent’s departure, Sunderland went on and beat Blackpool away from home, apparently not skipping a beat.

The strengths of Sunderland are in the midfield and how well they stick together at the back. They have a very good defensive record, better than Tottenham and almost on par with Arsenal. They are making a great name for themselves this season, and will look to add another feather to their cap by doing the double over the defending Premier League Champions. They have home advantage and they will give a good account of themselves. If they turn out a high paced game, then the less than solid Chelsea back line will probably have another long evening, even though they still have the best defensive record in the league. With the right attitude, Sunderland can win this game, and incredibly be on the brink of a Champions League place. They have captured the signature of Stephane Sessengon, a French midfielder who could put in an appearance against the Blues. There are good vibes at Sunderland at the moment, and that strong home record is there to be seen. They have lost just once at the Stadium of Light this season, and that was a slip up against Blackpool in December. They are strong, and this is a real test of their top six credentials. However, you feel that on the day, Chelsea should still just edge things, the Blues have a point to prove to many, including themselves, and if Torres just happens to be in the picture, then things could really be looking rosy for the Blues up north. When it comes down to taking chances, Chelsea should be out front in this one, they will have learnt their lessons, they will just need to get a firmer grip of the midfield.

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Sunderland v Chelsea Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Chelsea 0, Sunderland 3
Chelsea 7, Sunderland 2
Sunderland 1, Chelsea 3
Sunderland 2, Chelsea 3
Chelsea 5, Sunderland 0

Sunderland have an 50% win percentage at home in the league this season
Chelsea have a 33% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Sunderland are on a streak of 2 home games with no defeat
Chelsea are on a streak of 3 away games with no draw

Sunderland have scored 15 goals, and conceded 8 at home
Chelsea have scored 18 and conceded 12 goals in their away matches

Sunderland average 1.2 goals per match at home this season
Chelsea average 1.5 goals per match away from home this season

Sunderland have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Chelsea have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket

Sunderland have opened the scoring in 45% of their matches
Chelsea have scored first in 56% of their matches

Sunderland 2010/11 top scorer: Gyan, 7
Chelsea 2010/11 top scorer: Drogba, 10

Sunderland 2010/11 Season Form: P24 W9 D10 L5 GF28 GA24 Pts 37 (6th)
Chelsea 2010/11 Season Form: P23 W12 D5 L6 GF42 GA19 Pts 9 (19th)


Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Monday, December 27

Premier League Betting

Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tip & Odds: Should be a cracking match, with lots of permutations going on with it. There is a sense of balance between the two sides, with them both needing to be better than they have been of late. Chelsea’s form has deserted them more than what Arsenal’s have though, and it may prove crucial here. There is a lot of sense in backing a drawn match here, both would probably be happy at avoiding defeat. But, with Arsenal have a little more to offer up front, and being at home, they are worth backing in some form. Therefore it is to the Asian Handicap markets we go for our tip, and an Arsenal -1 Asian Handicap for 31/10 at Bet365 is pretty good value for a top three side being at home. If chances fall their way, you would expect the Arsenal strikers to finish better than the Chelsea ones at the moment. Therein could lie all the difference, albeit it a slight one. Arsenal do have a 49% win percentage against Chelsea at home.

Arsenal to win: 13/8 at Bet365
23/10 at  Skybet
Chelsea to win:
7/4 at Extrabet

EPL Match Preview: This a great fierce rivalry to stoke up the fires for Monday, as Chelsea head to Arsenal. This is a match which now is a crucial must win for both sides. Arsenal are two points back of leaders Manchester United at the top of the league, but have played a game more. A loss now would put them further back, but the likes of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and Nani may have just riled Arsenal up enough to see them put in a good performance against Chelsea. The Manchester United players have been saying that Arsenal won’t be winning the league this year, because basically they are not been good enough. Arsenal though have not enjoyed much of a good time against Chelsea though, including this year when they lost 2-0 on their visit to Stamford Bridge. It seems with Arsenal you are going to either get a win or a loss, as they have only drawn two matches this season. They have visibly missed the influence of captain Cesc Fabregas at times through the midfield, and they froze in the headlights when they went to Old Trafford recently, and they cannot afford to do the same at the Emirates against Chelsea. The big boost for Arsenal, is that both Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are ready to start. It will be the first time since August that Arsene Wenger has had that luxury. However, they really don’t like playing Chelsea, especially Didier Drogba who just enjoys scoring against them. The defensive frailties and toughness of mentality are still the biggest problems with Arsenal, but of course the natural talent is there. They are the team with all of the flair, the ones who play the most attractive style of football. It may just be enough this time to get them past a below par Chelsea.

Arsenal do have a strong home record against Chelsea overall throughout history, but they have lost their last two matches there, in a run of four straight losses against Chelsea. They are still missing Thomas Vermaelen from the back, and it could be a factor with the menace of Didier Drogba threatening the Arsenal back line. While Arsenal are a prolific team, they have really struggled to break down Chelsea. Chelsea just seem to know how to play Arsenal perfectly, and the Gunners have managed just one goal in four matches now against the Blues. What is also a bit of a worrying trend for Arsenal fans, is the fact they are losing matches at home this season, something which has been pretty much unheard of. Three defeats out of eight home matches this season really isn’t the form of Champions to be honest. It is not the stronghold that it is meant to be. So can Arsenal raise their game to pick up an extremely vital three points? Well if ever there was a time to do it, now would be it. Winning would give them a huge advantage over London rivals Chelsea as well so there is a lot at stake. What could tip the balance in this match, is the firepower between the two sides. Arsenal rarely struggle to hit the back of the net, something which Chelsea have as of late. With Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri especially threatening, they have the creativity to undo Chelsea. In a current form of goal scoring, Arsenal would win this one. They won’t be as stifled as they were against Manchester United in their last outing.

Both sides have had a long time to rest, something which has helped both sides really. Back into the starting line up comes Frank Lampard, whose goals for Chelsea have been sorely missed this season. Chelsea put in a much more spirited and all round better performance against Tottenham in their last match, after boss Carlo Ancelotti had dropped Didier Drogba from the starting line up. The talisman came on to score though to help Chelsea secure an away draw, and he really should be in the line up against Arsenal. Drogba has an incredible 13 goals in 13 matches against Arsenal in all competitions. There really are not that many problems for Chelsea, certainly not as many as they have had through the season. They are now only missing Yossi Benayoun, Yuri Zhirkov and centre half Alex. Captain John Terry has voiced his concerns over the lack of depth now at the club, but Ancelotti has insisted that there is nothing wrong, there is a good crop of young players, ready to fill in important roles. The results of late though have told a completely different story though, as they have picked up just three points out of the last fifteen which have been available. That’s no win in five league matches. While the midfield has been lacking the same composure without Lampard and Michael Essien at times, the strikers seem to have, well, gone on strike. Didier Drogba has been in miserable form compared to his high standards, and Nicolas Anelka has completely forgotten where the goal is, not having score in over ten hours of play.

Chelsea are on a run of three drawn matches, and they are three points behind leaders Manchester United now, plus at a one game disadvantage, after leading the way for so long after an incredibly strong start to the season. They have to discover form immediately if they are going to keep in the race. A loss would put them a big four points back of Arsenal. They cannot afford that, but there is a lot of promise for Chelsea here, as Arsenal’s form against both them and Manchester United have been terrible really. Arsenal haven’t beaten either of their rivals in the league in their last eleven matches now, and the Gunners have only won just once out of the last seven home meetings against Chelsea now. But maybe the tables are about to turn, with Chelsea still searching for top gear. This is a big opportunity for Arsenal and will probably be worth backing. Will Frank Lampard have a big say though on his return to the Chelsea starting eleven? He will be worth having a punt on as Anytime goalscorer, especially at a price of 5/2 at Bet365. This match could swing either way, Chelsea have the better defence, Arsenal have the better attack in form at the moment. For your football betting, home advantage really should play a part, but Arsenal have shown big frailties at the Emirates. Chelsea haven’t traveled well. Is this a match of parity and a draw? Bookies seem to think so.

Online Bookmaker Promotion: Paddy Power are offering a money back special on Monday’s big Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League match. If you have a losing First/Last Goalscorer, Correct Score or Scorecast single on the match, because the game ends 0-0, then you get your stake refunded as a free bet. There are plenty of goal scoring talent on show, with Drogba, van Persie, Chamakh, Anelka, Nasri, Fabregas and Lampard in the mix, but if they all have an off day, then you will be covered. Paddy Power also offer a free £25 matched bet for new account holders.

Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Chelsea 2, Arsenal 0
Chelsea 2, Arsenal 0
Arsenal 0, Chelsea 3
Arsenal 1, Chelsea 4
Chelsea 1, Arsenal 2

Arsenal have an 62% win percentage at home in the league this season
Chelsea have a 33% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Arsenal are on a streak of eight home matches with no draw
Chelsea are on a streak of four away matches with no win

Arsenal have scored 19 goals, and conceded 10 at home
Chelsea have scored 13 and conceded 8 goals in their away matches

Arsenal average 2.37 goals per match at home this season
Chelsea average 1.44 goals per match away from home this season

Arsenal have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Chelsea have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket

Arsenal have opened the scoring in 64% of their matches
Chelsea have scored first in 52% of their matches

Arsenal 2010/11 top scorer: Nasri, 8
Chelsea 2010/11 top scorer: Drogba, 8

Arsenal 2010/11 Season Form: P17 W10 D2 L5 GF36 GA16 Pts 34 (2nd)
Chelsea 2010/11 Season Form: P17 W9 D4 L4 GF31 GA12 Pts 31 (17th)


Premier League Top Goalscorer latest odds

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Two months ago, you could have got odds of 80/1 that Andy Carroll would be the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season. However, the Newcastle striker has embarked on a goal spree which means he has to be taken seriously in the race to win the Golden Boot.

Ladbrokes are the only firm to offer double figure odds with their quote of 12/1, which can be explained by the fact that the Magic Sign don’t have big liabilities on the England international. At each-way terms of ¼ the odds for the first three places, this price is worthy of consideration when Carroll stands on ten goals.

The other player on ten at the moment is Carlos Tevez, although the striker’s odds have been on the drift from the moment that he handed in a transfer request at the start of the week. Many people who backed him at 14/1 in August must have thought they were on to a good thing, although Boylesports are prepared to lay 7/1 since the latest reports coming from Eastlands. Ladbrokes are wary of taking on Tevez and still have 3/1.

Both of these players are currently one goal behind Dimitar Berbatov, with the Bulgarian available at 4/1 with Stan James to remain top of the pile come the end of the season. In my opinion, these odds are too short, especially as Sir Alex Ferguson opted to leave Berbatov on the bench for the recent 1-0 win over Arsenal and might do the same for the weekend trip to Chelsea.

In addition, eight of the forward’s eleven goals have come in two matches, at home to Liverpool and Blackburn. When Berba’s in the mood, he’s really in the mood, although it could well be the case that Wayne Rooney (50/1 Coral) starts taking the lion’s share of the Manchester United goals.

Rooney was wasteful from the penalty spot against the Gunners, a day after Didier Drogba had missed from ten yards for Chelsea and it’s clear that the Ivorian is not firing on all cylinders this season. However, the Blues striker is only four goals behind Berbatov, with William Hill offering 4/1 that he retains his Golden Boot ahead of his rivals this season.

It’s hard to see any of these four players being beaten to the Top Goalscorer award, despite the fact that Samir Nasri (33/1 Ladbrokes) and Johan Elmander (50/1 Skybet) have eight goals to their name this season. In the case of Nasri, he is ultimately a midfielder who has enjoyed a recent purple patch but can’t be expected to score on a regular basis.

Elmander has never been as prolific as the first half of this season and the fact that Kevin Davies takes the penalties weighs against the Swede. Nevertheless, Drogba and Rooney might find themselves removed from duty after their weekend misses!


Premier League Top Goalscorer betting odds

Premier League Betting

At the start of the season, I stated that the Golden Boot winner was likely to come from a select group of three players – Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.

There seems no reason to revise that opinion at the moment, although Rooney would need something pretty special between now and May to haul himself back into contention after making headlines for matters off the field this season rather than in a Manchester United shirt.

The Red Devils striker has just one goal to his name in the Premier League and is 25/1 with Sporting Bet to finish top of the pile and we all know that the England striker has the ability to score bucket loads of goals.

However, it’s his former United team-mate Carlos Tevez who is blazing a trail at the top of the charts and the Argentinean’s brace against Fulham last Sunday means he has nine Premier League goals to his name this term.

Tevez is favourite with most firms and bet365 offer 10/3 that he remains ahead of his rivals when the season finishes. It could be a great price if Manchester City continue to create chances like they did at Craven Cottage, although Roberto Mancini does seem to employ defensive tactics quite a lot of the time.

There are some surprise names breathing down the neck of the City striker at the moment, with Andy Carroll and Johan Elmander both on eight goals at this stage of the season.
Carroll was a bit of an unknown package before this season, especially with Newcastle playing in the Championship last term. However, the Geordie was recently called up by England and he’s 16/1 (Paddy Power) to be top scorer.

Elmander is even bigger at 25/1 (Skybet) although the Swede has been excellent in recent weeks and he tore apart the Magpies defence last weekend. Whether he can continue his scoring rate is another matter, especially as Bolton are arguably over-achieving at the moment.

Didier Drogba was the Golden Boot winner last season, although the striker is currently having a lean patch in front of goal for Chelsea that is lasting a few games. Some might argue that he’s therefore due to get back on the scoresheet pretty soon and three goals is not a big gap between the Blues front man and Tevez. Skybet have 7/2 that the Ivorian retains his crown as goal king.

Fernando Torres is another player available at single figure odds (7/1 Blue Square) which is worthy of consideration considering that he has five Premier League goals to his name at the moment. However, with Steven Gerrard missing for a few matches, Liverpool might create fewer chances as a result.

Darren Bent (14/1 bet365) is back for Sunderland and is pretty reliable in front of goal, while Marouane Chamakh (16/1 bet365) is part of an Arsenal team that create and score plenty of goals. It’s hard to see outside of these players, although that 25/1 about Rooney does attract.