Only six Premier League sides entered the fifth round. Another one will definitely fall before the quarter-finals because of this top clash. It’s another tough game for Man Utd who have already had to deal with Arsenal in the competition. Chelsea certainly haven’t been without their problems recently but they get home advantage. Read our Chelsea v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 13th, 2019 at 3:34 a.m.)
This is the big one then of the FA Cup fifth round. Both sides and were in European action in midweek so had an extra workload ahead of this tie. The form of Chelsea hasn’t been particularly consistent and on the domestic front, they have taken a W4 L4 record in their last eight games across all competitions. It is worth noting that most of their problems have been away from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are on a five-match winning streak on home soil, unbeaten in six there. Chelsea have also scored at least two goals in each of their last five home games.
From a defensive perspective, Chelsea have taken four clean sheets in their last six fixtures at Stamford Bridge. Will they be able to put it together on home soil? Overall this season, Chelsea have only lost one home game in all competitions, a Premier league defeat against Leicester back in December. It has been a fairly comfortable ride for Chelsea in the FA Cup so far this season, having taken back-to-back wins over Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. Both of those Cup wins were with a clean sheet. Chelsea have produced good Cup form this season, having reached the final of the EFL Cup.
Manchester United have been to Stamford Bridge once already this season, playing out a 2-2 draw in the Premier League meeting back in August. This is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final which Chelsea took a 1-0 victory in. Things are even though in the last five meetings with two wins each and a draw between them. Manchester United had their first taste of defeat under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as PSG beat them in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday. United did pick up a couple of injuries in the game to a couple of their speedy forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Manchester United have great away form behind them having won each of their last six fixtures away from Old Trafford. The large part of the early season they were struggling defensively on the road, but they have now taken four clean sheets in their last five away games. They passed a big test in the last round of the FA Cup as they were out on the road at Arsenal, Manchester United prevailing by a 3-1 scoreline. The Red Devils had opened their account with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Reading in the third round. With their Champions League campaign looking in major jeopardy, and little chance at the Premier League title, the Red Devils have every reason to go hard at this big FA Cup tie at Chelsea.
Tough game to call. But frankly Manchester United look to have more about them pushing forward and they are taking on a fragile Chelsea defence. Away win.
15th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Things haven’t been going well for Chelsea on the domestic front lately, how will they fare on their trip to Sweden on Thursday in the round of 32 in the Europa League? The Blues are unbeaten in four previous matches against Swedish opposition. Read our Malmo v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
Malmo pulled off something of an underdog success in the group stage of this season’s Europa League. They managed to complete the double over Besiktas with a win on matchday six to put themselves through to the knockout phase at the expense of the Turkish outfit. No Swedish side has ever gone beyond this stage of the competition. The most famous match that Malmo have been in against English opposition was the 1979 European Champions Clubs’ Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest which they lost 1-0.
The Swedes have just one win against English opposition. They lost their opening game of the group stage in this season’s Europa League but then went unbeaten in five (W2 D3). Malmo are currently unbeaten in their last eight European home games, drawing six of those. Actually, the Swedish outfit have not suffered a home loss in Europe since PSG beat them in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea comfortably won their Europa League group only dropping the two points along the way. They don’t produce anything spectacular, they basically just got the job done with as little effort as possible. Chelsea won two of their three away games in the group, both of them were 1-0 successes. This is just their second appearance in the round of 32 in the Europa League.
The last time that they were in the knockouts was in 2012/13 when they went on to win the tournament. The Blues are undefeated in their last nine games in the Europa League. Before their 2-2 draw at Vidi on matchday six, they were on an eight-match winning streak. Their last away defeat in Europe happened in the second leg of their 2013 campaign’s quarterfinal at Rubin Kazan. In all competitions, Chelsea are on a four-match losing streak away from home without having scored a goal.
Chelsea are going to be under pressure in this one to get the win. We can see them dusting themselves off and getting it. It’s hard to trust their defence though so Chelsea to win & both teams to score it is for 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
12th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
There was some big action in the Next Premier League Manager To Go market this weekend. On Saturday, Everton boss Marco Silva was the name at the head of the list as he watched his side crumble yet again. But 24 hours later it was Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who had replaced Silva as the most-backed man to go after his side were destroyed by Man City.
Maurizio Sarri 4/5
Marco Silva 3/1
Claude Puel 5/1
Claudio Ranieri 16/1
Rafa Benitez 16/1
Neil Warnock 25/1
Manuel Pellegrini 40/1
Roy Hodgson 40/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)
Sarri is 4/5 to be the next boss to lose his job in the top flight* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.). Chelsea paid a visit to the Etihad with no away form behind them and the Londoners were torn to shreds in a 6-0 defeat. Granted anyone would have found Man City hard to handle because they were brilliant, but it further highlighted the demise of Chelsea.
The Blues dropped down to sixth at the close of the weekend and things are not going well at the Bridge. Sarri, who has looked increasingly frustrated, has called his players out for not getting motivated enough this season. He seems to have been picking at their star player Eden Hazard and has rapidly been looking as if he has been losing his way. Chelsea really pushed the boat out to get the Italian in the summer.
Will they take lessons from the likes of Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp and Man City with Pep Guardiola and give Sarri the time he needs to build the Blues back to greatness? Chelsea are rarely a club who looks in that direction though. They demand immediate success and that could spell trouble for Sarri.
They have to try and deal with Man City in the EFL Cup final in a couple of weeks and their next league game is against Tottenham.
Up in the northeast, Marco Silva must be feeling immense pressure too. Everton had been pursuing him for so long and now they have him, they have started to go backwards. The Toffees lost 1-0 at Watford on Saturday, their third straight league defeat and their sixth in their last eight played. After visiting Cardiff, Everton then go to Anfield in the Premier League. Will a derby defeat be the final straw for the partnership?
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
What a game we have on our hands here. Manchester City are fully back in the title race and they will be looking for revenge over Chelsea back at the Etihad. The Blues were the first side to get the better of the Citizens this season. Can they complete the double over them as they look for points towards a top-four finish? Read our Manchester City v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Man City 9/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 5th, 2019 at 11:38 p.m.)
Manchester City raced back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since mid-December as they beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday. That made it back to back wins for them in the top flight having beaten Arsenal on the weekend. So they did have that extra workload in midweek compared to Chelsea ahead of this clash. The positive week leaves Man City with six wins in their last seven league games. At home this season they hold a mightily impressive W12 L1 record.
The Citizens have averaged 3.3 goals per home league game this season and all but one of their fixtures at the Etihad have gone over 2.5 goals. 62% have made it over 3.5 goals. Manchester City have scored at least two goals in all home fixtures in the EPL this term. At the back, they have only taken one clean sheet in their last eight home fixtures. But still, they have averaged under a goal per game on home turf this season. Both teams have scored in 69% of their home league games now. 64% of their home goals conceded have been in the first half of fixtures. Man City’s home half time record is W10 D2 L1.
Chelsea earned a 2-0 home win over Man City earlier this season
Man City won both league meetings 1-0 against Chelsea last term
Chelsea have two of their last three league visits to the Etihad (W1)
Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings in all competitions
The Blues put a resounding 5-0 win on the board last time out, getting the victory over Huddersfield. Gonzalo Higuain got himself a brace in the game. That was a response that they needed too having lost their two matches prior to that. Both of those defeats were on the road at Arsenal and then at Bournemouth. So the Blues are not carrying away form into this one. Away from home, this season Chelsea have posted a W7 D1 L4 record. All four defeats have been at sides currently in the top half of the table. If you look back a little further into Chelsea’s road form it is W3 L4 in their last seven.
Chelsea have averaged 1.6 goals per away game this season and 75% of their away fixtures have ended up over 2.5 goals. In total, the Blues have earned a clean sheet in 42% of their road games. Of this season’s goals which they have conceded away from home, 64% have come against them in the second half of fixtures. Four of their six wins out on the road have been by a one-goal margin. The Blues have scored first in eight of their twelve road games and Man City are only one of two sides in the league with a better defensive record than Chelsea.
Manchester City have to be backed to get some home revenge over the Blues. There have been vulnerabilities with Chelsea and who better to expose them than Manchester City? Man City to win & both teams to score.
8th February 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea had a miserable time of things on Wednesday night as they were smashed by Bournemouth. Once again it was a lot of possession and no end product for the Blues. They will be hoping to turn around their fortunes at Stamford Bridge on the weekend as they play bottom side Huddersfield. Read our Chelsea v Huddersfield betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 29th, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
The Blues could not get themselves going on Wednesday night as they suffered 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth. That leaves Chelsea on back-to-back defeats in the league now having lost at Arsenal in their previous game. So their battle for a top-four finish is becoming increasingly stressful for them now.
But they do get back to home soil where they have a W7 D4 L1 record on the board for the season. Chelsea took a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in their last league home fixture snapping a run of two without a victory. The goals in their win over Newcastle are Chelsea’s only goals in their last three league home fixtures.
So Chelsea are missing something up front. Overall this season they have scored 21 goals at Stamford Bridge, conceding nine. Less than half of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. Chelsea have taken a clean sheet in 42% of their home fixtures. But now home and away combined they only have taken two in their last eight played.
Chelsea have scored in just one of their last four games home and away combined. In none of their home games have Chelsea been trailing at the halftime break this season. Still, only Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have better home records than Chelsea do this season. Chelsea have the fourth best home record in the top flight currently.
The Blues eased to a 3-0 win at Huddersfield the season’s first meeting
The Blues have won four of the last five meetings with the Terriers (D1)
Chelsea have scored at least two goals four of their last five against Huddersfield
The Terriers have scored in each of their last five visits to Stamford Bridge
Huddersfield had new manager Jan Siewert in charge for the first time on Tuesday night as they faced a home game against Everton. The Terriers conceded early in the game and were never able to recover even with Everton going down to 10 men.
Huddersfield’s away from this season is pretty bad at W1 D3 L7, but still, that is likely better than what they have produced at home. Across their sequence of away games, Huddersfield have scored only the eight goals. They have scored just one goal in their last four out on the road in the top flight.
Across their last five games away from the John Smith’s Stadium Huddersfield have collected just one point, which came in a 0-0 draw at Cardiff in their last road game. Huddersfield have conceded an average of 1.9 goals per away game this season. The Terriers have two clean sheets on their travels.
Overall home and away it is an 11 match winless streak that Huddersfield are on in the top flight and from their 11 away games so far they have been losing at the halftime break in five of them. Surprisingly though even though they are bottom of the league they don’t have the worst away record. Cardiff and Fulham have done worse than they have on their travels. Huddersfield though are the lowest scoring side in the top flight by some distance.
Chelsea should record a comfortable home victory in this one and strengthen their shot at getting back into the race for a top-four finish. We have to have a serious look at the Chelsea to win to nil option.
31st January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It’s pretty hard to say that the magic of the FA Cup has died. This season has been a tremendous tournament. The third round threw up a whole host of big cup upsets with top-flight sides taking a tumble. The upsets continued through the fourth round as well, with one of the biggest ones being produced by championship side Millwall who won a controversial home game against Everton.
Manchester City 7/5
Manchester United 9/2
Crystal Palace 11/1
Bristol city 66/1
West Brom 80/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 28, 2019, at 10:18 p.m.)
League One side AFC Wimbledon perhaps produced the biggest upset of all, as they collected a 4-2 home victory over West Ham. Another League One side Shrewsbury landed themselves in the fifth round draw after collecting a good home draw against. In a big, all Premier league clash, Crystal Palace came through as underdogs to beat Tottenham.
The highlight of the round was a heavyweight clash between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London. The Red Devils put on another great attacking show to put themselves through to the fifth round. Once again they will be involved in the headline act of this next round, where they face reigning champions, Chelsea.
Only six Premier League sides have made it through to the FA Cup fifth round, and only one more could join them. Brighton face a replay against Championship side West Brom.
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough or Newport County v Manchester City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Swansea v Barnet or Brentford
Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers v Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion or West Bromwich Albion v Derby County
The standout match of the fifth round of the FA Cup is pretty clear. It is Chelsea versus Manchester United. After having had to go up against Arsenal away from home in the last round, Manchester United are clearly have a tough road to get back to the final. Last season’s FA Cup final was between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Blues lifting the trophy thanks to a strike by Eden Hazard from the penalty spot.
Whoever gets through this big fifth round clash between Chelsea and Man Utd is going to be a strong contender to get their hands on the title, but it is Manchester City who are the 7/5 outright favourites to go all the way* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 28, 2019, at 10:18 p.m.).
Manchester City had no trouble in moving through their fourth-round tie which was at home against Burnley. They will be out on the road in the fifth round as they wait to see who they face. The Citizens will be against either Championship side Middlesbrough or League Two side Newport County. Barnet who are the lowest ranked side left in this season’s competition are still in there. They earned a dramatic 3-3 draw at home against Championship side Brentford on Monday night.
29th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This could be a tricky away game for Chelsea. The Blues are trying to defend a place inside the top four, but lost ground with a loss against Arsenal last time out. They have blown a bit hold and cold on the road and the Cherries do have a bit of home form. This could be very interesting. Read our Bournemouth v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 25th, 2019 at 11:54 p.m.)
Come the start of November last year Bournemouth’s season pretty much fell apart in the Premier League. They have won just three of their last 13 League fixtures. However, all three of those in that sequence have been home and they are W3 D1 L1 in their last five at the Vitality Stadium. So that’s not so bad and overall this season at home Bournemouth hold a W6 D3 L3 record. The Cherries have tallied 21 goals in their home games at an average of 1.75 per game. 67% of their home League games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Bournemouth have scored at least two goals now in four of their last five on home soil, their last two wins both by a 2-0 scoreline. They have only failed to score in two home games this season while they have taken a clean sheet in 33% of their home fixtures. Four of the six home wins that they have posted have been by a two-goal margin. Just once this season have Bournemouth been losing at the halftime break at home. Bournemouth have scored 62% of their home goals this season in the first half of matches and they have opened the scoring in seven of their 12 home games. Only the current top five actually have better home records than Bournemouth this season.
Chelsea have beaten Bournemouth twice this season, in the EPL and EFL Cup
Both teams have scored in only one of the last five meetings in all competitions
Bournemouth have won one of their last eight against the Blues
Chelsea have won all four previous EPL away games at Bournemouth
Chelsea suffered a bruising 2-0 loss at Arsenal last time out in the Premier League. That puts their push for a top-four finish in a bit of jeopardy. The loss against the Gunners ended a four-match undefeated streak that Chelsea were on, having won three of those. They had also been on a three-match winning streak away from home before that loss at the Emirates. Overall this season Chelsea are W7 D1 L3 away from home in the EPL. Each of those three away defeats have happened in their last six well games.
There are positives there are of course though for Chelsea who have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season. They have only conceded 10 away goals as well, under an average of a goal per game against. 73% of Chelsea’s away games this season have ended over 2.5 goals. The Blues have earned a clean sheet in 45% of their away fixtures this season only failing to score in two of their road games. Chelsea haven’t been involved in an away draw in any of their last eight games. The Blues have opened the scoring in eight of their 11 away games.
There could be a little something in this for Bournemouth who haven’t done too badly on home soil. Looking at the bigger picture of Chelsea’s slip in away from, a Double Chance on the home side looks a bit of value at 11/8* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 25th, 2019 at 11:54 p.m.)
28th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea are through to the EFL Cup final having taken a win over Tottenham on Thursday night. They will be looking for similar success in the FA Cup as they resume their campaign on Sunday. It is Championship side Sheffield Wednesday who come to the Bridge for a visit. Read our Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday betting tips for more.
Sheffield Wednesday 11/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
Chelsea booked their Wembley trip for the EFL cup final by taking a win over Tottenham on Thursday night. Chelsea won the game 2-1, putting them through to a penalty shootout which they prevailed in. Chelsea’s form is a bit hit and miss as they are only W3 D1 L2 in their last six games home and away in all competitions. In the last round of the FA Cup, Chelsea eased to a 2-0 home win over Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Their victory over Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Thursday did see Chelsea continue their strong home form for the season. Across the course of this season, Chelsea have only lost twice at Stamford Bridge in all competitions. They have won each of their last three there, scoring exactly 2 goals in each of those three fixtures. In midweek the Blues acquired the services of striker Gonzalo Higuain. He could make his debut here. Chelsea have collected a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 home fixtures in all competitions.
This will be the first meeting between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday since the 1999/2000 Premiership season. In total, they have played 16 FA Cup matches between them and from that Chelsea hold a W8 D6 L2 record against the Owls. The Owls will be looking to snap an eight-match winless streak of current form at Stamford Bridge. Sheffield Wednesday have had a disappointing season in the Championship as they are currently sitting down in the bottom half of the table.
They set up this clash with Chelsea following a replay victory over strong League One side Luton in the last round. There is a trend of low scoring games with Sheffield Wednesday, as all but one of their last eight have finished under the 2.5 goals line. Away from home, they haven’t got great form as they are just W2 D2 L5 in their last nine road matches across all competitions. Sheffield Wednesday have scored in all but one of their last six road games.
Chelsea should have plenty enough to get a victory on the board at Stamford Bridge against Championship opposition. Chelsea to win to nil is at 10/11 and it should be that comfortable for them* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.).
26th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Chelsea get home advantage for the second leg of this semi-final tie. They are looking to make up a 1-0 deficit after conceding to a Harry Kane penalty in the first leg. Spurs are missing their talisman through injury now. But Chelsea turned out another poor performance in the league on the weekend against Arsenal. Will they be able to raise themselves for this? Read our Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 20th, 2019 at 7:53 p.m.)
So this tie is still there for Chelsea who actually played very well in the first leg of the semi-final tie against Spurs. Their resistance was only broken by a Harry Kane penalty. Chelsea had more than enough chances in the game at Wembley to put themselves on the scoreboard. It was a much better performance than they showed in their 3-1 defeat in the league at Wembley against Spurs earlier this season. However, Chelsea turned out another limp performance on the weekend as they lost two-nil in a high-profile clash against Arsenal. The Blues are W4 D1 L3 in their last eight games across all competitions so they have been a bit hit and miss. Their home form is pretty strong though as they have lost just one game at Stamford Bridge this season in all competitions. The Blues have won six of their last eight there (D1 L1). The Blues also have taken a clean sheet in seven of their last nine games at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham managed to produce a late win against Fulham on the weekend in the Premier League. That was their first game in having to cope without the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who has gone off to the Asian games with South Korea. Spurs have won four of their last five games now in all competitions including that 1-0 home success over Chelsea in the first leg of this EFL cup semi-final. During that run of five games, Spurs have conceded just the one goal as well. It will be interesting to see how they approach this. Do they simply try to maintain their advantage in this tie? Or go for the killer away goal? Spurs have fantastic away form having won each of their last five away games in all competitions, having scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight games on the road,
Spurs are missing their main man Kane, but Chelsea have not looked particularly great in recent big games. An away goal from Spurs could kill this off. Tottenham To Qualify at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 20th, 2019 at 7:53 p.m.)
21st January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is a huge London derby clash and it is one of high importance as well. Chelsea are holding down fourth place with a six-point lead over the Gunners who are directly beneath them. Can the Blues strengthen their spot in the top four, or can the unpredictable Arsenal haul themselves back into the race? Read our Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 14th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 away loss at West Ham last weekend
While their away form is poor they are on a four-match winning streak at home
The North London club are undefeated in the last ten home games
The Gunners have scored over two goals per game on average at home in the top flight this season
Less than half of the games at the Emirates have gone over 2.5 goals
The Gunners have conceded an average of 0.9 goals per home game this season
They have earned a clean sheet in three of their home fixtures
Overall this season on home soil in the top flight Arsenal are W8 D2 L1
In three home matches against current top three sides, they are W1 D1 L1, the win coming against Spurs
Six of their eight home wins this season have been by a two-goal margin
Only twice though have they been winning at the halftime break at the Emirates
Arsenal are on a ten-match scoring streak at home
Overall home and away they don’t have a clean sheet in six games now
Arsenal have scored 10 and conceded 0 goals in the final fifteen minutes of home matches this term
The Blues earned a 3-2 home win over Arsenal earlier this season
The Blues are unbeaten in four EPL games against the Gunners (W2 D2)
Arsenal are undefeated in two at home against the Blues in the League (W1 D1)
Four of the last five league meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Blues earned a 2-1 home win over Newcastle last weekend in the top flight
That leaves them on a four-match undefeated streak of form (W3 D1)
They have lost just one of their last seven league games now (W5 D1 L1)
Their overall away record is pretty strong at W7 D1 L2 this season
Chelsea have only been away at one current top-five sides, losing 3-1 at Spurs
The Blues are currently on a three-match winning streak away from home, all by a one-goal margin
Chelsea have scored 19 and have conceded 8 away goals this season
They have picked up a clean sheet in five of their ten on the road
The Blues only have one clean sheet in their last five away games though
80% of Chelsea’s road games in the EPL this season have ended over 2.5 goals
Just once this season have Chelsea been losing at half time on their travels
They are currently on a seven-match scoring streak away from the Bridge
Chelsea have opened the scoring in eight of their ten road games
Only Spurs and Liverpool have better away records than the Blues have
The Blues have the joint second-best defensive record in the league
Chelsea have been churning out results but they haven’t played all that well really. We are going to predict Arsenal to be fully fired up for this derby match and have enough about them in the goalscoring department to edge their rivals. Home win.
17th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting