This is going to be a serious test for Chelsa at Stamford Bridge as they welcome Valencia. The Europa League Champions have been having their defensive problems this season and continue to look vulnerable. Valencia finished in fourth place in La Liga last season but dropped out of last season’s UCL group stage. Read our Chelsea v Valencia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.)
Chelsea are the reigning Europa League champions. How will they get on back in the Champions League this season? This will be a big test for new manager Frank Lampard. A third-place finish in the Premier got Chelsea back to competition having missed last season’s campaign. Chelsea have had mixed fortunes in their domestic campaign under Lampard. They look a very exciting attacking side, but carrying some major defensive frailties at the same time.
In European competition, they have scored three or more goals in five of their last eight. They went unbeaten through their Europa League campaign last term, winning twelve of their fifteen games. They have struggled against Spanish clubs though because they have taken just one win in their last eight (home and away) against La Liga opposition (D4 L3). Chelsea have taken a W7 D12 L3 record in their last 22 matches against Spanish teams.
The Blues have had a taste of Europan action this season, losing the UEFA Super Cup to Liverpool on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Back in the 2011/12 Champions League group stage, the Blues were up against Valencia, taking four points off the Spaniards. The Blues would go on to lift the trophy that year. Tammy Abraham has scored seven goals in his last three Premier League games for Chelsea this season. It was Olivier Giroud who top-scored for the Blues last season in the Europa League competition.
Chelsea W3 D3 in their six previous games against Valencia
The Blues are W1 D2 in three at home against the Spaniards
Their most recent meetings were in the 2011 group stage of the UCL
Valencia took a fourth-place finish in the Spanish top flight last season to enter their 12th Champions league campaign. They have been finalists twice in the tournament but have not made it past the group stage since the 2012/13 campaign. Valencia finished third in their group last season in the Champions League behind Juventus and Manchester United. They then went to the Europa League and reached the semi-finals where they were stopped by Arsenal.
Valencia have three wins from 19 previous away games against teams from the English top-flight (W3 D10 L6). They were unbeaten in three (W2 D1) before losing to Arsenal in last season’s Europa League semi-final. Their form out on the road in the Champions League is nothing spectacular as they are W3 D3 L4. They will head to Stamford Bridge this week on a five-match undefeated sequence of road form in the competition though. Valencia have just changed manager, Albert Celades taking charge from Marcelino.
Valencia are generally a tidy side, but Chelsea look full of attacking intent and their self-belief will be sky-high after their big Premier League win on the weekend. The Blues probably have enough about them in attack to take down the visitors.
16th September 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Wolves are still looking for their first league win of the season. Now they have successfully qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, will they be able to find their domestic form. Chelsea are still trying to find their way under Frank Lampard and are going to have a tricky task in front of them at Molineux. Read our Wolves v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2019 at 1:16 p.m.)
While they put on some impressive performances in their successful Europa League qualification campaign, Wolves have yet to get into gear in the Premier League. After drawing their opening three games, they slipped to a 3-2 loss at Everton in their final game before the international break. Both teams have scored in each of Wolves’ last three league fixtures. They are at least undefeated on home soil having drawn there with Manchester United and Burnley.
Raul Jiminez is their top scorer with two goals this season. They will be keen to get their first EPL win because. Wolves will go and play their first Europa League group stage proper match on Thursday against Sporting Braga. A huge positive is that Wolves are undefeated in their last ten league games at Molineux in the Premier League. Each of their last three have gone under 2.5 goals. Wolves will be missing Willy Boly who was sent off against Everton.
Wolves took four points against Chelsea last season in the EPL
Chelsea have lost two of their last three EPL trips to Wolves
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight league meetings
Just one of the last six league meetings have produced an away win
Chelsea are W1 D2 L1 this season. After their heavy loss against Manchester United on the opening weekend, they have at least strung together a three match undefeated streak. Their one success this season did happen out on the road, a 3-2 win at Norwich in a wide-open game. Just before the international break, they blew a 2-0 lead at home against Sheffield United to only end up with a draw. The only team to have conceded more league goals that Chelsea so far are Norwich, who are sitting second from bottom.
The Blues have major defensive issues which aren’t going to get fixed overnight. Tammy Abraham has scored two goals in each of his last two league games, so he has stepped up well. The only other player to score for Chelsea this season is Mason Mount, who has netted twice. Chelsea have a few injury concerns over Emerson, Pedro, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Defender Antonio Rudiger is getting closer to a return. Five of Chelsea’s six goals this season have come in the first half of games.
Wolves are going to have to get a little more focused on the domestic front. Nothing has really clicked there for them. But given that Chelsea’s defence has been so poor, Wolves may have a bit of room available in which to express themselves. They should be able to give a misfit Chelsea side a good run for their money. Home win.
13th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues enjoyed their first taste of success last weekend. They delivered a win at Norwich in an exciting, open match. This weekend will give them their chance at a first Premier League home success for Frank Lampard. Sheffield United come to visit after suffering their first loss of the campaign last weekend. Read our Chelsea v Sheffield United betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Frank Lampard got his first win as Chelsea boss last weekend. That was from a 3-2 win at Norwich in an open, end to end game. It was another strong attacking display from the Blues who seem to be growing in confidence in that department. It was another poor defensive showing from them though. That is seven goals conceded in their three games played this season, but that looks as if it is the way it is going to be for the Blues.
Tammy Abraham netted a brace last weekend to join Mason Mount as joint top scorer with two goals for Chelsea this season. Mount though was injured in the game and had to go off, so he’s a doubt. Pedro is in the same boat as well. In their one home game this season, Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with Leicester. The Blues had started brightly in the fixture, but then just ran out of steam in the second half
That’s the way it was in their opening 4-0 defeat at Manchester United. It is certainly worth expecting both teams to score from a betting angle. 50% of Chelsea’s goals this season have come in the first fifteen minutes of matches. Again, strong starters, perhaps not so strong finishers. The Blues will be defending a ten-match undefeated streak of form in the Premier League in this one.
This is the first meeting since the 2006/07 Premier League season
Chelsea are on a three-match winning streak in the EPL against the Blades
The head to head is three wins each from six previous EPL classes
Four of the six previous EPL meetings went over 2.5 goals
Sheffield United can be pleased with their season so far. They are sat on the same points as Chelsea are heading into this one. They started the season with a great 1-1 away draw at Bournemouth and then it got better as they claimed a home success at Crystal Palace. But the Blades fell at Bramall Lane last weekend in a 2-1 loss against Leicester.
So now comes the hard task of picking themselves up after a loss. Ollie McBurnie came off the bench to get their goal last weekend, which was an equalising goal actually. So the summer signing is surely pushing for a starting place.
In that game against Leicester, to be fair to Sheffield United, Leicester’s winner from Harvey Barnes was a spectacular effort. It took something special for the Foxes to get the better of the Blades. With them having scored in all three of their games this season, they should be backed to get on the board.
Chelsea can’t be trusted to get a clean sheet in any situation and therefore because we expected them to come away with the win, it has to be Chelsea to win & both teams to score. The Blades will scrap and work hard, but will likely be unravelled.
30th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Canaries earned a big three points for themselves last weekend with a 3-0 success over Newcastle. Daniel Farke’s men have played some impressive football so far. Chelsea meanwhile are still looking for their first win of the season having only managed one point from their two games played under new boss Frank Lampard. Read our Norwich v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
Norwich have been full of value and entertainment so far on their return to the Premier League. The Canaries have seen both of their games played produce at least four goals. Hopefully another exciting game on the cards as they play host to Chelsea on Saturday. Norwich opened out on the road and suffered a 4-1 loss against Liverpool, but they did win the second half of that game at Anfield 1-0. Then Norwich produced a 3-1 home success over Newcastle to get their season up and running in terms of points.
The hero of the season so far for them is striker Teemu Pukki who has scored all four of their goals in the top flight. He netted a hat-trick against the Magpies last weekend. He is a man in form and Pukki is a 6/4 option in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.). Norwich are going to be aware that keeping clean sheets in the top flight is going to be a pretty tough thing to pull off. But as long as they play an expansive open game then they look as if they can keep themselves in fixtures, particularly at Carrow road.
Chelsea beat Norwich in a 2018/19 FA Cup replay via a penalty shoot out
The Blues are unbeaten since 1994 in all competitions against Norwich
Norwich have lost their last three EPL home games against Chelsea
One of the last five meetings only have gone over 2.5 goals
So no success yet for new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard who has seen his team collect one point from their opening two Premier League fixtures. Chelsea suffered that hammering at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the new season. Then the Blues failed to hold on to an advantage in their first home game of the season which was against Leicester. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Chelsea do appear to have some considerable weaknesses in their back line.
There have been glimpses of them performing as a creative attacking unit. But at the same time, they are crying out for a prolific number nine. Out on their top-flight travels last season Chelsea produced a W9 D3 L7 record. However, their away from did drop away at the end of the campaign picking up two points from their final three away games. So that leaves them without a win in four Premier League away games now, following the loss at Old Trafford this season. There is going to be even more pressure ramped up on Frank Lampard if they lose away at a newly promoted team.
No reason whatsoever why Norwich would not be competitive in this game. Yes, they are going to need to sharpen up their defence against the stronger teams. But the visiting Chelsea look a shambles at the back and the Canaries can at least get on the board. Norwich – Draw Double Chance.
22nd August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues had a long night in midweek as they lost the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out. Will that take something away from their challenge at home against Leicester in the Premier League on the weekend? Chelsea need a boost after a big loss against Man Utd last weekend. Leicester earned a point in their season opener. Read our Chelsea v Leicester betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.)
The Blues are looking for a boost. Despite a strong start against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their opening EPL fixtures, Chelsea lost 4-0. Then in midweek, they had extra work, playing through a 2-2 draw after extra-time against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup before losing on penalties. But Chelsea did play well against the Reds, looking as if they are going to be an exciting side to watch this season.
Chelsea look short of a prolific striker and are probably going to lean on Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman is the 7/5 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.). But Christain Pulisic was impressive in midweek starting on the left-hand side of attack in the Eden Hazard role. Chelsea needs to sort out their defence though.
Chelsea posted a W12 D6 L1 record on home soil in the top flight last season. Their only home defeat came against Leicester, a 1-0 reverse. The Blues did average over two goals per home game during the last campaign and weren’t all that bad at the back. They conceded at 0.6 per game on average. Chelsea finished last season by winning three of their final four home games (D1), each of those victories coming with a clean sheet.
Leicester took four points off Chelsea last season
Three of the last four meetings at Stamford Bridge have gone under 2.5 goals
There has been one goal only in the last three EPL clashes
Both teams have scored in one of the last six league meetings
The Foxes started with a 0-0 draw at home against Wolves. The Foxes did survive though as Wolves had a goal overruled by VAR. They didn’t quite get up and running but there does look to be a lot of potential in the fairly young Leicester squad. Jamie Vardy remains the focal point of their attack. They will be able to take some confidence from their 1-0 success at Stamford Bridge last season in the league.
The Foxes collected a W7 D4 L8 record out on their top-flight travels last season. They were not a tremendous threat to the stronger sides in the division away from home. Their only success at one of the top seven finishers during the last campaign was their win at Chelsea. That was a part of a W1 D1 L5 record in such matches that the Foxes took. Last season Leicester lost their opening away game of the campaign, a 1-0 loss at Man City. They finished last season without a clean sheet in any of their last eight fixtures out on the road.
The Blues will be feeling just a little bit of pressure in the one to come out and win. They are looking to play an open, expansive and quick game under Lampard, that is clear to see. It’s going to need more time to fully come together, especially in defence. But they do look capable of earning three points at the Bridge. Chelsea to win & both teams to score.
16th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It is time for the annual showcase match between the current European Champions and Europa League winners. For the first time ever the UEFA Super Cup will feature two English teams, with last season’s Champions League winners Liverpool being the strong favourites to collect more silverware. Can Frank Lampard put his first piece of silverware in the cabinet though as Chelsea boss? Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.)
Considering the opposition that Liverpool had to go through on their way to Champions League success last season, it was a remarkable campaign. They were drawn against PSG, Napoli and Red Star in the group stage and they weren’t without their troubles there either. But they got through and then found Bayern Munich standing in their way in the round of sixteen. One big away night in the second leg saw the Reds make progress.
After an easier tie in the quarter-finals against Porto, Liverpool found themselves paired up against Barcelona in the semis. After a 3-0 loss in Spain in the first leg, Liverpool looked down and out. Not so though, as they turned on one of the most remarkable shows that Anfield has seen in the Champions League. The Reds produced a 4-0 second-leg win over the Catalans. Then it was fellow Premier League side Spurs in the Final. Liverpool won 2-0 to celebrate their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.
They played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in Community Shield to kick their new season off, losing in a penalty shoot-out. Then they smashed four goals past the newly promoted Norwich in their opening Premier League game last Friday. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmono started that game against Norwich, with Sadio Mane putting in a second-half performance. They boast the scoring power to do some damage
Salah is the first goalscorer favourite at 10/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.). This is the sixth Super Cup for Liverpool with three wins from their five previous appearances. Their most recent title was in 2005 when they beat CSKA Moscow after extra time. Liverpool have lost keeper Alisson to injury, but given that the impressive scoring that they have in their ranks, they the favourites with the bookmakers.
The Reds took four points off Chelsea in the Premier League meetings last season
Chelsea took a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield last term
The Blues have lost just one of their last six against Liverpool (W2 D3)
Both teams have scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings
The Blues had a fairly sedate start to their successful Europa League campaign last season. They posted W5 D1 record in the group stage, as the Londoners were easily a cut above the rest of the opposition without ever needing to field the strongest team or find top gear. They then eased past Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 32. They were expected to get a little bit of a tougher test from Dynamo Kyiv in the round of sixteen, but Chelsea crushed their opponents 8-0 on aggregate.
Chelsea, then managed by Mauricio Sarri took a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, the second leg being a seven-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge. Then Chelsea were pushed to their limits by Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Both legs ended 1-1 and with the extra time not providing a winner, it was down to a penalty shootout which Chelsea won 4-3. That put them through to the final to face Arsenal, but it was a one-sided match up with Chelsea winning 4-1, Eden Hazard getting two goals in his last game in a Chelsea shirt.
That was Chelsea’s second Europa League title from two campaigns. Impressive stuff. Times have changed over the summer with new boss Frank Lampard trying to pick up the pieces at the club with transfer ban hanging over them until next summer. The Blues took a 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Sunday against Manchester United in their opening EPL game. While Chelesa weren’t too bad going forward, they were wide open in defence and that will be a concern in facing Liverpool’s deadly attack. Do they go for damage limitation or try to stick to their guns of playing an open game? Early pressure for Lampard.
Chelsea were picked off time and time again by Manchester United’s counter-attacks on the weekend. Liverpool’s attack is far more clinical than that of the Red Devils. So that can only lead us to the conclusion that this is going to be a big European night of Liverpool in Istanbul. Where have we heard that before?
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
An intriguing Old Trafford clash is coming up on Sunday afternoon. Both Manchester United and Chelsea are in rebuild mode with untested managers at the helm. So it’s going to be a big season for both of them. The Red Devils at least have had the luxury of getting fresh faces in, whereas Chelsea are suffering through a transfer ban. Read our Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Man Utd 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 8th, 2019 at 5:49 p.m.)
When the Red Devils made the safe choice of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho, the most seemed like a stroke of genius. The Red Devils hit their stride under the new manager, but then the bubble burst. Badly. United posted just a W3 D2 L5 record in their last ten league games of the season. So it has been a summer of reassessment and rebuilding.
Solskjaer is keen to get a young side going, full of running and swashbuckling style. That’s why he has offloaded Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. There hasn’t been too much changing for them with only Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire coming into their defence. Winger Daniel James is one for the future. Can Solksjaer turn around the club once again with what he now has?
Man Utd posted a sixth-place finish in the top flight last season, with a W10 D6 L3 record at home. They failed to win any of their final three home games, a loss against Man City and a draw with Chelsea in that sequence. The Red Devils won just one of twelve games against the other top seven finishers last season. They did average 1.74 goals per home game with 68% of fixtures at Old Trafford going over 2.5 goals.
Both league meetings ended in a draw last season
Manchester United took an FA Cup win over the Blues during the last campaign
Both teams have scored in just three of the last nine meetings
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four EPL games against the Red Devils
Despite all their problems last season, it was not a bad campaign from Chelsea at the end of the day. They won the Europa League and managed to grab a third-place finish in the top flight as well. Their away record was W9 D3 L7 but they did have a tough time on their travels against the better teams in the league. They posted a winless D3 L6 record in their nine games against the other top-ten finishers.
The Blues only averaged 1.26 goals per away game last season which was a low output. They failed to score in any of their final five away losses last term. They have a new manager Frank Lampard in charge and they can’t sign players because of a transfer ban. So Lampard is going to have to work with what he was left with and try and use some of the youth at the club because they have the Champions League to contend with as well.
Six of their nine away wins last season were by one goal margin only, but six of their seven road losses were by a margin of at least two goals. They were level at the halftime break in 10 of their 19 road games. They were struggling for a cutting edge up front last season and with Eden Hazard gone, that’s a lot to try and make up for. They’re going to be relying on Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi or Tammy Abraham to come good.
Both of these have a lot to prove this season. So the pressure is going to be pretty big for both of them. A draw does not seem to be a reasonable outcome at the end of the day as things have been tight between them for a while.
9th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The new season of the Premier League starts on Friday, August 9th with a game at Anfield between Liverpool and Norwich. That is where another round of top-flight title-chasing action will all start. The Reds of course on home soil will be looking to get off to a flying start.
Jurgen Klopp’s men produced such a strong season last term, losing just one game and still couldn’t get across the finish line. Liverpool are 9/4 second-favourites pre-season to beat Manchester City to the punch this time around* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm).
Manchester City 4/6
Manchester United 25/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Manchester City, who made it back to back Premier League titles last season thanks to a fourteen match winning streak to close out the season, are the early 4/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). Looking at the pre-season odds at bookmaker bet365, the title race is expected to be nothing more than a two-horse race once again between the two current powerhouses.
Despite looking as if they may lose their grip on the title to Liverpool last season, somehow Pep Guardiola’s men found a way to win, despite losing four games compared to the one that Liverpool dropped. The Citizens open their title defence with an away game at West Ham at lunchtime on the opening Saturday of the season.
It looks as if the gap is widening between the top two and everyone else who could potentially be in the title race. Spurs have continuously missed the boat, not having had the stamina to stick out a season in full contention for the title. There are question marks surrounding them now, the biggest of which is going to be over manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Will he still be sticking around? He suggested towards the back end of last season that he may look for a new challenge and didn’t seem particularly happy about Tottenham’s lack of a war chest to go dipping heavily into the transfer market to boost their depth, which they are clearly in need of. Spurs open at home against Aston Villa on Saturday, August 10th. Tottenham are out at 16/1 to get the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Chelsea have a transfer ban hanging over their heads and it’s hard to see them doing enough, whoever may end up in charge, to get their noses into the title race. They were a long way short in quality last season. Even with some questionable tactics, the quality of players just wasn’t there. It will be less without Eden Hazard.
Perhaps some of the younger blood will get a chance to shine now that their hands have been tied in the transfer market, but that’s not something that is likely to bolster their current situation of not realistically being a title contender. The Blues have a tough opener as they will be heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday, August 11th.
The Red Devils had a tough time at the end of last season. They have some major rebuilding to do and they have been out as big 40/1 with some bookmakers to win the Premier League this season. They are currently at 25/1 with bet365* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). That seems like almost an embarrassing number that they have on them, but it is indicative of their decline since the hay days of Sir Alex Ferguson era.
With Paul Pobga looking as if he wants away and a crop of ageing players not delivering along with no Champions League action next season to attract new players, it’s a tough spot for the Red Devils. They have the inexperienced hand of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge as well and his bubble was severely burst at the back end of last season.
The bookmakers are perceiving Arsenal as even less of a title threat than Manchester United are. The Gunners are out at 40/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm) to pull off a title. This will be a big second-season for boss Unai Emery who couldn’t figure out how to get Arsenal playing like a decent away team.
They did battle through to the Europa League Final where they lost to Chelsa, but far too many defensive weaknesses were costly for them on the domestic front. They have a great attack but need to add some serious grit in the middle of the park and defence. Arsenal’s first test of the season will be a trip to Newcastle on Sunday, August 11th.
29th June 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Baku is the host city of the 2019 Europa League Final. There’s a treat in store as well for Premier League fans as it is a showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal for the honours. This game will feature VAR, the first ever Europa League match to do so. The two clubs traded home wins in the EPL this season, who will win the night in Azerbaijan? Read our Chelsea v Arsenal betting tips for more.
The Blues have secured a place in next season’s Champions League via their finish in the Premier League. So that pressure is off them at least. The Blues closed out the season with a W2 D5 record in all competitions. So they weren’t exactly in a great streak of form. But they had a touch of resilience about them. Back in 2013, Chelsea lifted the Europa League title in their first ever attempt.
It would be something to make it two from two. Just once before have Chelsea and Arsenal met in Europe. That was when the Blues won in the 2003/04 Champions League quarter-final 3-2 on aggregate. This season’s Europa League campaign saw Chelsea compete in the group stage of the competition for the first time ever. They posted a W5 D1 record there, topping the group at a canter.
The Blues won their first six knockout stage fixtures as well before they were seriously challenged by Frankfurt in the semifinals. Both legs of that tie ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea prevailing on a penalty shootout. Eden Hazard got the decisive spot kick. Will this be his last game for the club? The Belgian is an 11/8 anytime goalscorer option for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.).
He truly is Chelsea’s big spark and without him, they have lacked creativity. The Blues will be defending a 17 match undefeated streak of form in the UEFA Europa League. That is a competition record. That stretches back to the final three games of their successful 2013 campaign. The Blues are W14 D3 in that run of seventeen fixtures which is a pretty fine record. The Blues have also scored more goals than any other side in this season’s competition.
Chelsea and Arsenal both won their EPL home games against the other this season
Arsenal are W3 D4 L1 in their last eight against Chelsea
Both teams have scored in two of the last five meetings
Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three against the Gunners
So the Gunners have the extra pressure on them here. Their Premier League form collapsed at the end of the season, which means that they missed out on a place in the Champions League. Fortunately for them, the Europa League offers a back door to the competition. Maybe knowing that was the spur of inspiration for them to push hard in the Europa League, and they have put together a five-match winning streak in the tournament ahead of their trip to Azerbaijan.
That five-match winning streak is their best ever run of form in the competition. Their previous best was a three-match winning run. Last season Arsenal made the semi-finals of the Europa League in what was their first-ever campaign. They were beaten by eventual winners Atletico Madrid. But they made amends in the final four of this season’s competition against Spanish opposition, Valencia.
Like Chelsea, Arsenal had an easy time of things in the group stage of the season’s Europa League. They posted a W5 D1 record and only conceded in their opening game. Interestingly in that group stage, they paid a visit to the Baku Olympic Stadium, where this season’s Final is being held, as they met Qarabag in their first away game. Arsenal won 3-0. Arsenal did lose the first of leg of their round of 32 tie against BATE and against Rennes in the round of 16 before recovering in North London.
That put them through to a quarter-final against Napoli, the Gunners handling themselves superbly in a 2-0 aggregate success. Then they powered their way to a 7-3 aggregate over Valencia in the semi-finals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four) and Alexandre Lacazette (three) shared the goals in that tie. Aubameyang is the 11/10 Anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.). From their previous 179 meeting with Chelsea, Arsenal have won 76 and lost 63.
Of the two sides, Arsenal are the ones with the better attacking threat. The Blues basically rely on Eden Hazard and that’s it. This is probably going to be a tense night as finals usually are, but the Gunners may well handle themselves especially with the extra motivation of needing to win to get Champions League football next term.
27th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Leicester put in a great shift at Manchester City last Monday but were eventually toppled in a 1-0 defeat against the reigning champions. It is back to home soil for them this weekend where they will be looking to follow-up on a convincing victory over Arsenal in their last game at the King Power. Chelsea have already secured a top-four finish and so basically there is no pressure on them whatsoever. Read our Leicester v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Foxes lost 1-0 against Manchester City last weekend which is only their second defeat in their last eight games. They gave a very good account of themselves against the Citizens as well. Leicester have won four of their last five games at the King Power Stadium (L1), including a big 3-0 success there over Arsenal in their last home fixture. The Foxes have scored at least two goals in four of their last five at home as well. Overall this season Leicester have taken a W8 D2 L8 record on home soil, scoring an average of 1.3 goals per game during that sequence. They have conceded at 1.1 goal per game on average.
Leicester have taken a clean sheet in 28% of home games and of their eight home victories, six of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. Leicester haven’t been involved in a home draw in twelve successive games now. The Foxes have conceded 60% of their home goals in the first half of games this season and just six-times have they actually opened the scoring in a fixture. Their form over the last eight rounds of matches has only been better by two teams, Liverpool and Manchester City. So that shows how well they have been going with their form. Leicester are W2 L3 at home against the other big six teams this season.
Leicester took a 1-0 win at Chelsea earlier this season
The Foxes have won one of their last eight against Chelsea in all competitions
Five of the last seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea are on a four-match winning streak at Leicester in all competitions
Chelsea had an extended shift on Thursday night as they won a penalty shoot out at home against Frankfurt to book a place in the Europa League final. Will pressure is off them for this final weekend of action because they have already booked a top-four finish. So the Blues have a least achieved the ball of reaching the Champions League next season. Chelsea have lost five of their last eight away games in the top flight (W2 D1) and in their last two road game, they managed to take a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
Chelsea have won only one away game this season against teams who are currently in the top half of the table (D1 L6). The overall away record of Chelsea this season reads W9 D2 L7 and they have averaged 1.3 goals per away game. In total two-thirds of Chelsea’s away games in the EPL, this season have gone over 2.5 goals. The Blues have earned a clean sheet in 28% of away games this season, but they have failed to earn one in any of their last eight on the road. Of their seven away defeats this season six of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. Chelsea have opened the scoring in exactly half of their away fixtures.
There is not too hard to imagine this game petering out to nothing in the second half. Chelsea are a team who only look as if they can play one good half of game per match. Leicester are busy enough and composed and organised enough to claim a point in their final home game of the season. Draw
10th May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting