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

19th April 2018 / lee
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Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup, 22nd April 3.00pm

There was a thrilling league contest between these two last weekend which Chelsea fought back from behind to win 3-2. The Blues will favourite to go out and take a win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final tie as well. This is a nice distraction for the Saints who are struggling to maintain their Premier League status. Can they at least gain some Cup cheer?

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

Chelsea go out in what is their last shot at silverware this season. Their FA Cup campaign started with a nervy passage through Championship side Norwich, the Blues winning a penalty shoot-out in the replay at Stamford Bridge. Things got easier for them after that with strong clean-sheet home wins over Newcastle and Hull. They did have a tougher scrap on their hands at the King Power against Leicester in the quarter finals, the Blues needing an extra time winner from Pedro to make it through. Having avoided Spurs and Manchester United in the semi-final draw, the Blues will be happy with this setup for Wembley. 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). The Blues, to be fair, have had their troubles keeping the ball out of the back of the net recently.

The Blues have won the FA Cup seven times, their last win coming in 2012. They lost last year’s final 2-1 to Arsenal. Chelsea visited Southampton last weekend in the Premier League and found themselves in a 2-0 hole before fighting back with three goals in the final twenty minutes of action to win 3-2. 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. This will be the ninth meeting in the FA Cup between the two sides and from those previous seven Southampton are W4 D3 L1 up over the Blues. However, Chelsea currently are on a five-match winning streak against the Saints in all options and lost just one of their last ten against them (losing two of the last 19 head to heads).

Six of the last eight meetings 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). Southampton have won the FA Cup before, claiming it in 1976 and they have lost three other finals, the most recent of which was in 2003 against Arsenal. It has been a struggle for Southampton in the Premier League and they are staring at relegation, but have a chance through the cup to finish the season on a high. They have come through some tricky tests as well, opening with a 1-0 win at Championship side Fulham, before taking out Watford at St Mary’s. Then it was a narrow win at West Brom before collecting a 2-0 success at Wigan, who had dumped Manchester City out of the competition. So three of their wins 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 have the extra quality and depth and should enjoy the space at Wembley a little bit more, allowing the likes of Hazard and Willian plenty of room. Chelsea are likely to have too much for the Saints, but still, with Chelsea looking shaky at the back, go for Chelsea to win & both teams to score.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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