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Chelsea v Manchester United Prediction & Betting Tips, 20th October 2018

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Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League Preview, 20th October 12.30pm

As usual, the Premier League returns from an international break with a cracker of a fixture. On Saturday lunchtime it will be a massive showdown at Stamford Bridge between the undefeated Chelsea and the struggling Manchester United. Can Jose Mourinho put a bit of shine on his season at his old stomping ground, or will his former club heap more problems on him? Read our Chelsea v Manchester United betting tips for more.

Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Odds*

Chelsea 13/20
Draw 11/4
Manchester United 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.)


Chelsea News and Form

It has been a long time since Chelsea lost at home in the league against Manchester United and they will fancy their chances here. Chelsea are undefeated across their eight games this season in the top flight, posting a W6 D2 record. They posted a comfortable 3-0 win out at Southampton before the international break with Eden Hazard once again the star of the show. He is in red-hot scoring form this season and while that continues he has to be worth backing at 11/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm). If he can help lift Chelsea to a win they would move ten points clear of Manchester United.

The Blues have posted a W3 D1 record so far on home soil, their winning streak ended in a tie against Liverpool in their last home game. Chelsea have been showing a very strong offensive hand this season and they have scored at least two goals in each of their victories in the top flight this season. They have earned a clean sheet in four of their eight league fixtures so far. A Chelsea 1-0 correct score option is appealing at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) but you could, of course, cover everything with a Chelsea to win to nil option.

Manchester United News and Form

The Red Devils hold a W4 D1 L3 record for the season and narrowly bagged a 3-2 win at home over Newcastle just before the international break, having been 2-0 down at half time. They got the result but the defensive frailties of their set up were again exposed. Manchester United did lose their last away game which was at West Ham leaving them with a W2 L2 record away from home. They have scored exactly two goals in three of their four away games. However, we are going to side with this one going under 2.5 goals at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm).

Across the course of the season, the Red Devils have managed to take just the one clean sheet so there are clear problems at the back there. Only Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff have conceded more goals than United have done this term. Away from home, they have conceded an average of 1.75 goals per game. They have scored 71% and have conceded 71% of their away goals in the first half of away matches. Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last three league games and he is down the pecking order at 5/2 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm). Currency Manchester United are seven points worse off than they were at this stage of last season’s campaign.

Chelsea v Manchester United Head to Head

Last season there was a home win for each in the Premier League. On top of that, Chelsea won the FA Cup final against the Red Devils. Looking specifically at the premier league form between the two recently, none of the last ten have produced an away win. Chelsea are W4 D1 in their last five league home games against the Red Devils. Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings in all competitions. Just two of the last ten in all competitions have made it above the 2.5 goal line.

Who will win – Chelsea v Manchester United Predictions

Chelsea look more organised, far more committed and energetic and upbeat than Manchester United do. We have to side with the form team in this one for our Chelsea v Manchester United predictions. Home win.

17th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Southampton v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 7th October 2018

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Southampton v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 7th October 2.15pm

The Saints need to dig deep to try and turn the corner as they are in pretty bad shape with just the one win on the board this season. They go into this one after back to back defeats in this one and this is a tough game for them. Chelsea have dropped points in their last two league games in back to back draws. Read our Southampton v Chelsea betting tips for more.

Southampton v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 4/7
Draw 13/5
Southampton 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)


Southampton News and Form

The Saints are having a really rough time of things and have failed to win in three league outings now. They have suffered back to back defeats against Liverpool and Wolves and Southampton failed to hit the back of the net in either of those. Overall this season Mark Hughes has seen his troops win just once in a W1 D2 L4 record.

Their home form stands at D2 L1. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three games which leaves them vulnerable for the visit of the powerful Chelsea attack. Both teams to NOT score is at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm)

After their struggles last season, Southampton are actually three points worse off than they were at this stage last term. So there is a decline from them. They have produced only the six league goals this season and just four teams have come up with fewer than that, three of those are sat in the relegation zone.

Surprisingly though, despite their lack of output, the Saints have had 14.6 shots per game on average this season so far in the Premier League, the fifth best. In context, Spurs average less than 14 per game but have scored 14. Southampton have concede an average of 13.6 shots per game against them this season

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues have been in great form this season in the top flight and will be defending their unbeaten start under Mauricio Sarri. The Blues have a W5 D2 record for the season, the draws have happened in their last two games against West Ham and Liverpool. The Blues are W2 D1 away from home this season in the league.

Their only failure to win away from home was in a 0-0 draw at West Ham in their last road game. Chelsea have two clean sheets in three away games. Chelsea to win to nil at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm).

Eden Hazard has been on another level this season and he is at 15/4 odds in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm). The Blues have conceded only the one away goal all season and that was in the second half of the match.

For your Southampton v Chelsea betting tips it may be worth looking at a Chelsea/Chelsea half-time/full-time option to push for some extra odds. They have been level at 0-0 in two of their three away games, but are facing a relatively weak Southampton side here.

Southampton v Chelsea Head to Head

There was back to back wins for Chelsea over Southampton last season and both of those successes were by a one-goal margin. The Blues are on a six-match winning streak against Southampton in all competitions. Both teams have scored in six of the last eight Premier League meetings.

Who will win – Southampton v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea have looked so sharp and full of attacking intent that it is hard to see the Southampton defence holding out against them. Even though they are out on the road, this may be just about as routine as it gets for the Blues. Away win.

5th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Chelsea v MOL Vidi Prediction & Betting Tips – 4th October 2018

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Chelsea v MOL Vidi UEFA Europa League, 4th October 8.00pm

Chelsea are likely to ring the changes to their starting eleven once again as they play host to MOL Vidi on Thursday night in the Europa League. The Blues have remained undefeated across all options and opened their European campaign with a win out at PAOK on matchday one. MOL Vidi suffered a 2-0 loss at Bate Borisov in their Europa League opener. Read our Chelsea v MOL Vidi betting tips for more.

Chelsea v MOL Vidi Betting Odds

Chelsea 1/12
Draw 9/1
Vidi 25/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on October 1st, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.)


Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea’s have not been defeated in any competition this season and it is unlikely that they are going to be taken out in this one. They most likely won’t be fielding their strongest starting 11 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. They didn’t when they made the trip to PAOK on matchday one, the Blues returning with three points in the bag from a 1-0 win. That was exactly just a case of getting the job done away from home and nothing else. We do think that they can improve on that scoreline in his one at the Bridge and a Chelsea 3-0 correct score is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 1st, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.).

This is Chelsea’s first ever group stage campaign in the UEFA Europa League. In their previous Europa League season, which was back in 2013, they entered having dropped out of the Champions League group stage. The Blues won all three of their knockout phase home games 3-1. The last time Chelsea won a European home game was in the opening match of last season’s Champions League and are D3 since then. The Blues are on an eleven match undefeated home streak in Europe (W8 D3).

MOL Vidi News and Form

Vidi are the champions of Hungary and they fell at the final hurdle in trying to get to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. They lost their opener against AEK Athens. This is the second time that they have been in the group stage of the Europa League, their previous appearance back in the 2012/13 season.

They lost all three games on the road in that season. Vidi have picked up just two wins in their last nine European fixtures, having drawn all four of their road games in that sequence. In their last 23 away games in European competition, Vidi have posted a poor W3 D10 L10 return. Chelsea to win to nil is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 1st, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.). Vidi lost 2-0 at home to Bate Borisov on matchday one.

Chelsea v MOL Vidi Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs.

Who will win – Chelsea v MOL Vidi Predictions

This should be routine enough for Chelsea even without their full strength side out. The simple option is to look for a Chelsea to win to nil option which looks pretty secure.

1st October 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting

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Chelsea v Liverpool Prediction & Betting Tips, 29th September 2018

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Chelsea v Liverpool Premier League Preview, 29th September 5.30pm

This will be a big battle between two unbeaten Premier League sides this season. Liverpool holds a two-point advantage at the top of the table over the Blues and so if they could land three points at Stamford Bridge then that would be a significant result for them. Can the Blues leapfrog them with a big home performance? Read our Chelsea v Liverpool betting tips for more.

Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Liverpool 13/10
Chelsea 15/8
Draw 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:33 p.m.)
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Chelsea News and Form

Forget whatever happened in the League Cup meeting in midweek at Anfield. That’s not going to have a bearing on this competitive fixture. The Blues have made a fine start to the season having dropped just the two points, which was out on the road in a frustrating game against West Ham last season. So they are a perfect three wins from three on home soil and the Blues have returned nine goals in those three games. We are going to take the obvious option of 13/20 odds on over 2.5 goals* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea’s three home games this season have averaged four goals per game. So the stats are there to even push that to 3.5 goals if you fancied.

Chelsea still looks short of a quality, prolific goal scorer but Eden Hazard has been carrying responsibility well with a five-goal haul this season and four of those goals have come at home. Hazard is at 7/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea are looking so much more exciting under Maurizio Sarri and it will be interesting to see how much they can trouble Liverpool. For sure we are going to back both teams to score as it is hard to see this being a conservative match up.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool are perfect in the top flight after six games and they are the early pace-setters. They banked a big 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend in an easy affair for them. It means that they have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games this season in the Premier League. They have also conceded in just two of their six games this term but they haven’t faced any side as powerful in attack as Chelsea this term yet. Because we see Liverpool having the edge over the Blues but not by much the Liverpool to win by a one-goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.).

That’s the same margin by which they have won three of their last four games by, including their successes over Tottenham. Sadio Mane is their top scorer for the season with four goals and two of those have been out on the road. Roberto Firmino has scored his two goals of the season away from home. All of Mo Salah’s have been at Anfield. We’re putting that together and looking at the value of 2/1 odds on Mane to get on the scoresheet for the Reds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). This would be another massive three away points for them if they could land them all.

Chelsea v Liverpool Head to Head

Chelsea bagged a home win in the league last season in this corresponding fixture and earned a draw at Anfield. That was a good return from them and they are unbeaten in three now (W1 D2) against the Reds. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven league meetings and there have been four 1-1 draws in the last seven Premier League clashes.

Who will win – Chelsea v Liverpool Predictions

We like the appeal on the away side for value in the match outright. Liverpool just look more the complete package then Chelsea do at the moment. Neither of these have faced as good of an attacking team this season as they will go up against in this. Liverpool look to just have the edge and they can get the win.

26th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Liverpool v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 26th September 2018

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Liverpool v Chelsea EFL Cup Preview, 26th September 7.45pm

This is the tie of the round in the EFL Cup as it is a heavyweight clash between two of the top sides in the country. Chelsea makes the difficult trip up north to take on Liverpool and with both of these defending unbeaten records this season, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.

Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Liverpool even money
Chelsea 13/5
Draw 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 p.m.)


Liverpool News and Form

The Reds have won every game that they have played this season across all competitions and are going along with some rich confidence. It was a good week for them, beating PSG in the Champions League and then hammering Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League on the weekend. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games played this season. Their form at Anfield is four wins from four and they have returned eleven goals in their four home games. They have taken a clean sheet in three of their four home wins and Liverpool to win to nil is at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm). We aren’t likely to see the strongest Liverpool starting lineup in this one. Under 2.5 goals is at 23/20 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm).

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea dropped their first points of the new Premier League season on the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw against West Ham in a London derby. Chelsea will host Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend so they aren’t likely to show too strong of a hand in this one. The Blues have scored at least two goals in all but two of their games this season, those two games coming over the last week in a 1-0 win at PAOK in the Champions League and then the draw with West Ham. With them not being at full strength it is a little hard to see where the goals are going to come from for them because they are a little short in that department. We are actually going to look at both teams NOT to score at 6/5 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm) for the tie.

Who will win – Liverpool v Chelsea Predictions

We are going with the home win in this one as Liverpool do have the advantage of having the crowd behind them. This is likely going to be a battle of depth of the respective squads more than anything else. We see Liverpool just having the advantage in terms of scoring threat. Home win.

24th September 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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West Ham v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 23rd September 2018

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West Ham v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 23rd September 1.30pm

Chelsea will be looking to extend their perfect start to the new season as they step out in this London derby on the weekend. Will there Thursday night UEFA Europa League action starts affecting them? West Ham finally snapped out of their early season funk with a good three points out at Everton. Read our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips for more.

West Ham v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 8/15
Draw 7/2
West Ham 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 20th, 2018 at 3:53 p.m.)


West Ham News and Form

After four straight defeats at the start of the season, West Ham produced a good 3-1 win at Everton last weekend to break out of their slump. Their front line finally clicked with Andriy Yarmolenko getting a brace and Marko Arnautovic getting their third. So finally that was the kind of output that was expected of them after their big summer investments. There should be enough in this game to over 3.5 goals at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Their two home games this season have yielded one-goal margin losses against Bournemouth and Wolves.

The Irons have actually won only one of their last six home games in the top flight now (W1 D2 L3) so aren’t that reliable. Of the five league goals that they have scored this season all but one of them have come in the first half of matches and they have yet to be trailing at halftime in a home game this term. So the halftime draw with bet365 at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm) is worth a look in our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips. Arnautovic is their top scorer for the season with three goals and he is at 21/10 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues are five wins from five games for the season but they now start that tricky balance of Thursday night European games and Sunday domestic fixtures. It was suspected that new boss Maurizio Sarri could be in for a slow start in getting his new style implemented. But the Blues have quickly gotten better and better as the season has gone on and they have scored at least two goals in each of their fixtures so far. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 2-1 option is at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm) which has appeal as we are going to look at both teams to score.

Chelsea have just the one clean sheet in their last four games so we are backing both teams to score at 4/6 odds for our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Eden Hazard has been in tremendous form this season and he got a hattrick last time out as Chelsea powered their way past Cardiff. The Blues are playing some really fluent attacking football at the moment and Hazard is at the center of everything. Hazard is the top scorer for them this season with a five-goal haul and is the 11/10 anytime goalscorer favorite* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Pedro is the only other player to have netted more than one for them (3).

West Ham v Chelsea Head to Head

In last season’s Premier League meetings West Ham actually came out on top as they picked up four points against the Blues. That was a good return from them and in the last six top-flight meetings between the London sides, things are even with two wins each and two draws. West Ham have won two of their last three home league games against the Blues.

Who will win – West Ham v Chelsea Predictions

West Ham finally snapped their losing streak last weekend, but Chelsea have looked very strong pouring forward this season with Eden Hazard at the center of everything. They should be able to expose what is still a very flimsy Irons back line. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin looks solid.

20th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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PAOK Saloniki v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips – 20th September 2018

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PAOK Salonika v Chelsea UEFA Europa League, 20th September 7.55pm

Chelsea begin their UEFA Europa League campaign and they are one of the front-runners to win the tournament outright. They have received a very favourable draw in the group stage and it will probably afford boss Maurizio Sarri the chance to rotate his squad a bit. PAOK have come through three qualification rounds to get this big chance. Read our PAOK Salonika v Chelsea betting tips for more.

PAOK Salonika v Chelsea Betting Odds

Chelsea 5/6
Draw 13/5
PAOK 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 17th, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.)


PAOK Salonika News and Form

PAOK have never before lost to English opposition so they have that proud stat carrying with them into this tie. The Greeks are W2 D2 from their previous four games against English opposition. Their home record against English sides is W1 D1. PAOK had an early exit from Europe last season but that turned into a positive as they had a strong domestic campaign, winning the Greek Cup and finishing runners-up in their league.

This season they are in pretty good form as well with a W6 D2 L1 record across all competitions. They did start off in the Champions League qualifiers where they were ousted by Benfica in the playoffs. Their three home wins this season have all been by a one-goal margin. For our PAOK v Chelsea betting tips we are looking under 2.5 goals at 17/20 odds* (betting odds taken from September 17th, 2018 at 10:32 pm). This is their 10th consecutive season in the UEFA Europa League and they are unbeaten at home in four previous Match Day One fixture (W2 D2).

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues took a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season to end up here in the group stage of the Europa League. They are the current FA Cup holders as well after beating Manchester United in last season’s final. This is their first ever group stage campaign of the UEFA Europa League. Their only previous participation in the tournament was back in 2013 after they fell out of the Champions League group stage. They went on to win the Europa League title that season.

We expect some changes to be made from their usual starting eleven in the Premier League, where they have gone four wins from four this season. So it has been a positive start there and now comes the management of Thursday night and Sunday games. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin is at 13/5 odds* (betting odds taken from September 17th, 2018 at 10:32 pm) and that appeals because they can always keep powerful options on the bench to call on if need be. The Blues are actually winless in four European games and they have lost two of their last three on the road.

PAOK Salonika v Chelsea Head to Head

The two clubs have never met before.

Who will win – PAOK Salonika v Chelsea Predictions

We have to see a routine victory coming for the away side in this one. Chelsea have to have the depth to handle the situation well although we are only going to assume that a win for Chelsea would be by a one-goal margin only.

18th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting

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Europa League Group Stage Draw 2018 – Predictions & Betting Odds

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Chelsea’s, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers now all know what they will be facing up to in the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League this season. The draw for the group stage of the 2018/19 competition was made on Friday, August 31st and it appears and if the bookmakers are siding with the strengths of the English represents.

Chelsea are the 11/2 outright favourites at bet365 to win the tournament outright, with Arsenal 8/1 second-favourites* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm).

Here we take a look at the Europa League Groups Draw and make our predictions. The first match will be on September 20th, 2018. There are nine debutants in the group stage this season including Dudelange who are the first ever team from Luxembourg to reach this stage.

Europa League 2018/19 Winner Odds*

Chelsea 11/2
Arsenal 8/1
Sevilla 12/1
Bayern Leverkusen 25/1
AC Milan 25/1
RB Leipzig 25/1
Marseille 33/1
Lazio 33/1
Villarreal 33/1
Zenit St Petersburg 40/1
Bar 50/1
* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018, at 5:00 pm)


Group A: Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Ludogorets (BUL), Zürich (SUI), AEK Larnaca (CYP)

Group B: Salzburg (AUT), Celtic (SCO), RB Leipzig (GER), Rosenborg (NOR)

This isn’t an easy group for Celtic. They will be taking on Salzburg who holds the record for the most Europa League group stage appearances (8) as well dangerous Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. They are actually the sister club of the Austrian champions. Salzburg dropped down from the UEFA Champions League play offs where they lost to Red Star Belgrade. They are the all-time leaders in goals and points in the UEFA Europa League.

German side Leipzig were in the Champions League last season but couldn’t get out of it. They dropped to the Europa League and reached the quarter finals. They are in the Europa League after a sixth-place Bundesliga finish last season. The Bhoys will also meet up with Rosenborg as well.

They were together in the qualifying rounds of this season’s Champions League with Celtic taking a 3-1 aggregate win, with all the goals in the tie happening at Celtic Park. Rosenborg went on to beat Cork and the Shkendija to make their way through to the group stage of the Europa League.

Prediction: We can see Celtic doing enough, particularly at home to get themselves through to the knockout phase of the competition. However, we see Salzburg being the ones who land the group win.

Group C: Zenit (RUS), København (DEN), Bordeaux (FRA), Slavia Praha (CZE)

Group D: Anderlecht (BEL), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Spartak Trnava (SVK)

Group E: Arsenal (ENG), Sporting CP (POR), Qarabağ (AZE), Vorskla Poltava (UKR)

The Gunners have a lot of travelling to do in their group, which won’t please boss Unai Emery too much. That’s just extra demand on resources. Just their trip to Baku to face Qarabag is 2,400 miles. Anyway, this should be a pretty easy group nonetheless for the Gunners. Qarabag were in the Champions League last season but they have had a really poor time of things in previous matches against English sides.

Vorskla are the Ukrainian champions and this will be just their second appearance in the group stage of the Europa League (which was back in the 2011/12 season). Sporting are going to be the biggest challengers to Arsenal even though they have had a huge summer of turmoil. Their players were attacked at their training ground by “fans” last season and that sparked an exodus of players, including some cancelling their own contracts.

Prediction: Arsenal have a manager with good experience in Europe and they should be fine in this one. They are strong enough in UEFA Europa League betting at bet365 to back to win the group. We are backing Sporting, who have former Manchester United winger Nani playing for them, to join them in qualification.

Group F: Olympiacos (GRE), AC Milan (ITA), Real Betis (ESP), Dudelange (LUX)

Group G: Villarreal (ESP), Rapid Wien (AUT), Spartak Moskva (RUS), Rangers (SCO)

It has been a good step forward for Rangers as they came through a long qualification campaign to get to the group stage. They survived with nine-men in their playoff round second leg out in Russia against Ufa. Rangers will have to deal with another long trip to Moscow on matchday four which is going to be taking. Spartak finished third in the Russian top flight last season.

This is a fantastic experience for new manager Steven Gerrard who now has to balance trying to get a domestic challenge in the Scottish Premiership going, along with these tough Thursday night European games. Villarreal are the favourites in the group and our prediction is that they will win this group with all of their experience and quality. They were fifth in La Liga last season to get straight through to the group stage. Rangers met Villarreal in the 2005/06 Champions League group stage.

Rangers will get a good chance of qualification as long as they can stay strong at Ibrox. Rapid Vienna came through a couple of qualification rounds to get to this stage. They were third-place finishers in the Austrian top flight last term.

Prediction: Villarreal are likely going to be too strong to catch, so they are our tip to win the group. It is a toss-up between the other three but we ultimately see Rangers just being squeezed out by Moscow for that second spot.

Group H: Lazio (ITA), Marseille (FRA), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Apollon (CYP)

Group I: Beşiktaş (TUR), Genk (BEL), Malmö (SWE), Sarpsborg (NOR)

Group J: Sevilla (ESP), Krasnodar (RUS), Standard Liège (BEL), Akhisar Belediyespor (TUR)

Group K: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Astana (KAZ), Rennes (FRA), Jablonec (CZE)

Group L: Chelsea (ENG), PAOK (GRE), BATE Borisov (BLR), Vidi (HUN)

Chelsea who are the 11/1 outright favourites to win this season’s Europa League* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018, at 5:00 pm) will be delighted with the group stage draw that they have received. Hungarian side Vidi (formerly Videton) lost a Champions League play-off tie against AEK Athens this season to drop to the Europa League. This is their first group stage action since the 2012/13 season.

PAOK were runners-up in the Greek top flight last season and like Vidi, they fell from Champions League qualifiers this season where they suffered a playoff loss against Benfica. BATE had to face up to an English side in last season’s Europa League group stage as they met Arsenal. The Belarusian side ended up finishing bottom of the group and were hammered 10-2 on aggregate by the Gunners across their two games.

Prediction: So this should be routine for Chelsea at the end of the day and they will do enough at Stamford Bridge to be comfortable and win the group. It’s hard to see a real threat here and even picking the best of the other three is a tough thing. We are going to side with PAOK to produce enough stubbornness against substandard opposition to follow the Blues through.

31st August 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting

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Chelsea v Bournemouth Prediction & Betting Tips, 1st September 2018

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Chelsea v Bournemouth Premier League Preview, 1st September 5.30pm

Chelsea have won three from three to start the season under Maurizio Sarri so that is a great positive from them and they will be looking for maximum points before the international break. The Blues will have their hands full at the Bridge though on Saturday as they welcome Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten with seven points from their three games and they will be remembering their big 3-0 success at the Bridge last season. Read our Chelsea v Bournemouth betting tips for more.s

Chelsea v Bournemouth Betting Odds*

Chelsea 2/7
Draw 19/4
Bournemouth 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)


Chelsea News and Form

Maurizio Sarri then has wasted no time coming in and getting Chelsea into a winning mode. It is three from three from them at the start of the season. Last weekend they paid a visit to St James’ Park to face Newcastle and they dominated possession against a team that just sat back the entire match and landed a late 2-1 win (Chelsea had 81% of possession).

That is eight goals in three games from them and they are getting on the front foot wherever possible. Over 3.5 is a decent option for Chelsea v Bournemouth bettings tips at 11/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) as this could be wide open. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last four games and the Blues themselves have at least two in each fixture this term.

Eden Hazard looks to be on his game at the moment and is as short as 8/13 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues have a full squad to pick from so there isn’t likely to be changes for them from last weekend. In their one home game, this season Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in that thriller of a London derby.

The Blues got a W11 D4 L4 record last season at the Bridge but that is just the two wins in their last four (D2) that they have played there. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 3-1 has some decent appeal at a bigger 10/1 price* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues still look far from great at the back.

Bournemouth News and Form

The Cherries have made a wonderful start to the new season with seven from nine points on the board. They showed some great character last weekend as well as they were 2-0 down at home against Everton before fighting to land the draw. That is exactly two goals that the Cherries in each of their games so far this season, so they should contribute well in this one.

They finally got summer signings Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma into action as they made their respective debuts for the club in their 3-0 midweek EFL Cup win over the MK Dons. So they could be pushing for places this weekend which will strengthen them. Bournemouth like to play positive football and with two wins in their last three trips to the Bridge, they have reason to be confident.

Bournemouth didn’t have the greatest of times on the road last season in the top flight with a W4 D6 L9 record but Chelsea was the only one of the top six sides that they did beat on the road.  They have won their last two road games so that is a positive for them and they are actually now W4 D1 in their last five league games.

Just to add to the expectancy for goals, there have been over 2.5 goals in 19 of Bournemouth’s last 24 games while they themselves have scored at least two goals in each of their last four. So they are in good shape at the moment but this is their toughest game for a while. Callum Wilson, who has started very well is a 13/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).

Chelsea v Bournemouth Head to Head

Chelsea suffered a big 3-0 loss in last season’s corresponding fixture. They did get a win out at Bournemouth through and the Blues are W4 L2 in their last six Premier League meetings with the Cherries. Four of the last five between them in the league have gone over 2.5 goals and Chelsea are just W1 L2 in their three previous Premier League home games against the Cherries, failing to score in the two defeats.

Who will win – Chelsea v Bournemouth Predictions

We are going with Chelsea to take the win because they are starting to find their feet and are only going to get better. This should be an open end to end affair and we are simply going to go with the one side in a high scoring game. Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals is our leading betting tip for Chelsea v Bournemouth.

30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Newcastle v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 26th August 2018

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Newcastle v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 26th August 4.00pm

Newcastle have just the one point on the board from their opening two games. They should have collected three points last weekend but had to settle for a draw at Cardiff as the squandered a last-minute penalty. Chelsea have shown plenty of attacking intent so far under Maurizio Sarri, but defensively they look rocky. Read our Newcastle v Chelsea betting tips for more.

Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Odds*

Chelsea 8/13
Draw 14/5
Newcastle 9/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.)

Newcastle News and Form

The Magpies are seeking their first win of the season having picked up just a point from their two opening games. They started the season on home soil suffering a 2-1 loss at St James’ Park against Spurs. Last weekend they were held to a 0-0 draw at Cardiff, with Kenedy missing a last-minute penalty kick to secure three away points for them.

The temptation is to back a low scoring game here but because Chelsea have been all gung-ho we are going to back the game to go over 2.5 goals at 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Newcastle’s lone goal this season came from Joselu and he is their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market.

A home loss here for Newcastle heaps tremendous pressure on them having done little over the summer to improve their squad. Last season in the Premier League Newcastle posted numbers of W8 D4 L7 and while they did average just over a goal per game, the conceded at under a goal per game. It is questionable whether they have the strengths in their squad to do much more than land a bottom half of the table finish.

Their possession rate this season on average is just 45%. They do look short of quality in the final third but we are going to go with both teams to score at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.) for Newcastle v Chelsea betting tips. The Magpies have produced 13.5 shots per game on average which pales to that of the 18.5 shots per game that the Blues have come up with this season.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea have made a positive start with back to back wins and they have come up with exactly three goals in both games. They started with an away win at Huddersfield and then had that ding-dong duel with Arsenal last weekend at Stamford Bridge, the Blues coming out with a 3-2 success. As expected there is a focus on quick attacks from the Blues under Maurizio Sarri, but their defence looked pretty dreadful last weekend.

They may not come under as much pressure from Newcastle though and we are going to look at the Chelsea 2-1 correct score option at 8/1 odds for our Newcastle v Chelsea prediction* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Chelsea’s last ten league away games. The Blues have a doubt over Cesc Fabregas but otherwise are pretty much full strength.

They eased summer signing Mateo Kovacic into action last weekend but could get a start. He, Kante and Joringel look as if they could be a fantastic midfield set up for the club. Eden Hazard has started on the bench in both league games this season as he has been eased back into action after a busy summer at the world cup. He has still come up with two assists and is likely to get a start in this one.

Alvaro Morata was on the scoresheet last weekend and he is the 9/2 joint first goalscorer favourite alongside teammate Olivier Giroud* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Chelsea posted a W10 D3 L6 record out on the road last season and they have won four of their last five on the road (L1) the loss in that sequence in their final league game of last season, yes, at Newcastle.

Newcastle v Chelsea Head to Head

Newcastle and Chelsea traded home wins last season in the top flight, both scoring exactly three goals in their respective wins. Chelsea did also take a home win in the FA Cup against the Magpies last season as well. The Blues have lost just one of their last six games against Newcastle in all competitions (W4 D1 L1) but they are winless in their last five visits to St James’ Park (D1 L4). Each of the last five meetings between them in all competitions (and seven of the last eight) have all gone over 2.5 goals.

Who will win – Newcastle v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea handled themselves well at Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season and we expect them to do the same here. The Blues have enough in their attacking line up to go and collect a win for themselves. The Magpies don’t have the same kind of arsenal in them. Chelsea to win.

24th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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