The summer festival of the World Cup will quickly fall into memory and now during the build up to the new seasons of domestic football across Europe, the club level action starts to swing into play now with the arrival of this summer’s International Champions Cup. This once again is a pretty big collection of top sides from Europe heading off to different parts of the globe to compete, if this makes sense, in a friendly competition.
Basically, there are 18 of Europe’s top sides taking part in this, but all teams only play three different matches, so it’s not a massive round robin affair where everybody plays everybody else. The eighteen sides are then ranked at the end of the matches to see who is going to be crowned champions. It’s all totally meaningless of course, but it does see big clubs going up against each other which is always a crowd pleaser. A lot of the faces that are taking part in the International Champions Cup will be showing up in the Champions League next season.
This year’s International Champions Cup is being played in three different zones, the USA, Europe and out in Singapore. The bulk of the action is a big money spinner coming from the USA. Singapore is hosting just the two matches which are Atletico Madrid v Arsenal and then Arsenal v PSG. In total there will be 27 matches in total to look at for your International Champions Cup 2018 betting.
England: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham
France: PSG, Lyon (Lyon came in to replace Sevilla who withdrew)
Germany: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Italy: Inter Milan, Juventus, Milan, Roma
Spain: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid
It is really barely worth raising any interest in the outright winner market for the International Champions Cup 2018. You have just three games for each team and different teams are playing teams of varying quality and this will just be training exercises more than anything. So you’re better off just staying focused on the outcome of the individual matches instead for your International Champions Cup betting odds.
All of the matches at the International Champions Cup will be played from July 20th through to August 12th. Even though that coincides with the start of the English Premier League, mainland Europe starts their campaigns later than England.
July 20th, 2018
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
July 21, 2018
Bayern Munich v PSG
July 22, 2018
Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund
July 25th, 2018
Borussia Dortmund v Benfica
Manchester City v Liverpool
Roma v Tottenham
Milan v Manchester United
July 26th, 2018
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal
July 28th, 2018
Arsenal v PSG
Benfica v Juventus
Chelsea v Inter Milan
Manchester United v Liverpool
Bayern Munich v Manchester City
Barcelona v Tottenham
July 30th, 2018
PSG v Atletico Madrid
July 31st, 2018
Barcelona v Roma
August 1st, 2018
Arsenal v Chelsea
Benfica v Lyon
August 4th, 2018
Milan v Lyon
Real Madrid Juventus
Milan v Barcelona
August 7th, 2018
Chelsea v Lyon
Real Madrid v Roma
Atletico Madrid v Inter Milan.
Within all of the action at the 2018 International Champions Cup, you will find big showdown, such as the feature of a London Derby of Arsenal v Chelsea and the North-West Derby showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool. That one is in Ann Arbor Michigan, while the London Derby is being played of course, not in London, but in Dublin.
This is the sixth edition of this tournament and as of yet, there have been no format the same from one year to the next. The old formats had champions of each zone where it was being played, so there was a North America and Europe Champion, for example, a Champion in China etc. The participating teams didn’t even play the same number of matches in some instances.
Real Madrid were the first ever winners, beating Chelsea to the punch in 2013 and then in 2014 Manchester United won with Liverpool taking the runners-up spot. Paris St Germain won it in back to back years in 2015 and 2016 and then Barcelona were crowned champions last season with Manchester City following them in second.
The 2018 edition will be the first one that is just one big table and the winner of that after three games each is the champion. There is not geographical champions to be crowned.
This tournament does, of course, allow fans to get a look at new summer signings that clubs have made and one of those will be Cristiano Ronaldo who will be turning out for Juventus after his big move. Fortunately, we do get to see him potentially take on his former club as there is a Real Madrid v Juventus fixture scheduled for August 4th from Landover which will provide some exciting International Champions Cup betting odds.
There is just no reasonable way that you can expect to pick out the winner of the International Champions Cup. But what the tournament does do is bring some exciting club level betting to the summer proceedings and it does fill a nice gap before the start of the European domestic seasons. So look out for some great International Champions Cup betting odds, not only in the match outrights but through other avenues as well.
This is a great time to relax and look at some live in-play betting on some big, albeit non-competitive matches, and get your eye in on the teams before the start of the new seasons. Perhaps you will see something that you like about a team and then go and back them for their domestic season for some silverware. There will be plenty of the usual submarket betting options available on all of these games at bookmakers, like the correct score, over/under, goalscorer markets, handicaps, accas and so much more.
14th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is a final chance for silverware this season as Chelsea and Manchester United meet up in the FA Cup final at Wembley on the weekend. It renews the rivalry between Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Blues manager Jose Mourinho. Can Chelsea make amends for the FA Cup final loss last season against Arsenal or will they find Manchester United, who handled themselves well against the Premier League top six this season, too tough to break down?
Manchester United 8/5, Chelsea 19/20, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018)
Chelsea’s season really bombed at the end in the Premier League. After stringing together a four match winning streak to give themselves a chance of a top-four finish, they blew it in the end with a draw against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge and a dreadful display at St James’ Park in the 3-0 defeat against Newcastle on the final day of the season. Chelsea have looked out of sorts for pretty much the entire season and haven’t been reliable at either end of the pitch. There are clearly missing out on a proven quality goalscorer and that could hinder their chances of trying to break down Manchester United’s defence. It is more than likely that Manchester United aren’t going to give up much space to the Blues and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). The Blues don’t look confident at the moment to break down well-organised opponents.
There are times this season that Chelsea have looked really sloppy at the back. That having been said though they do have three clean sheets in their last five game. But in their final five games of the season they only managed to score more than one goal in a game on one occasion. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option available is the 1-1 draw at 5 to 1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) but Manchester United one nil option is at 11 to 2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) and pretty appealing for this FA Cup final tussle. Chelsea’s FA Cup campaign started with a nervy battle against Championship side Norwich in which Chelsea needed a penalty shootout back at the Bridge to progress. Things got a little more comfortable for them in beating Newcastle and Hull easily on home soil but they needed extra time to get past Leicester in the quarter-finals. Chelsea took a 2-0 win at Wembley over Southampton in the semi finals but didn’t have things all their own way in that game.
Manchester United have taken a lot of criticism for their somewhat dull performances this season but by and large, it has been pretty successful for them. They locked in a second-place finish in the Premier League and have the chance to put shine on the season by winning the FA Cup Final. Manchester United have lost just one of their last 14 games in all competitions winning 10 of those so they are carrying some pretty strong form at the moment. They did finish the season though without their top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, but the Red Devils are hoping that he will be fit to start at Wembley. United goalkeeper David de Gea won the Golden Gloves in the Premier League this season setting a new record for clean sheets. Even though the defence in front of him isn’t the greatest, he is certainly a match-winner for them with his form. Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018).
The Red Devils have had a pretty comfortable passage through the FA Cup this season which started out with a home victory over Championship side Derby. After away wins at Yeovil and then Huddersfield it was back to Old Trafford for the Red Devils as they beat out Brighton 2-0. So they made it through to the semi finals without conceding a single goal scoring at least two goals in each of their four games. They then went to Wembley for their semi-final game against Tottenham and the Red Devils were slight underdogs for the match given that Spurs had been playing their home games there this season. Manchester United though were the ones in control and they took the sting out of Spurs and produced a 2-1 victory for themselves. So that sequence of scoring at least two goals in an FA Cup game this season continued for them.
From the two Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Manchester United this season they both took a home victory and both of those victories were by a one goal margin only. They were paired up in the FA Cup last season with Chelsea taking a narrow home win over Red Devils. Chelsea have won three of the last five meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (L2) and each of those victories they won with a clean sheet as well. From the previous fourteen FA Cup matches that these two have contested it is Manchester United who are 8-4 ahead with the two drawn matches.
Chelsea have looked a real mess at times this season and were absolutely dreadful in their game against Newcastle on the weekend. Right now Manchester United are the more balanced of the two, so with Chelsea’s attack looking a little bit toothless at the moment Manchester United can take the win with a clean sheet.
16th May 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Newcastle suffered a 1-0 loss against Spurs in midweek which moves them out to a four-match losing streak. They did play better in that game than they had in recent performances. After a home draw with Huddersfield in midweek, Chelsea’s top four hopes hang on them winning this and hoping Liverpool lose at home to Brighton.
Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Newcastle 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
The Magpies are on a four-match losing streak at the moment having suffered a 1-0 reverse at Spurs in midweek. Three of the four defeats in this current sequence Newcastle have lost 1-0 and all four were by a one-goal margin. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at Paddy Power is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). The alternative would be to go and look at a Chelsea 1-0 correct score option which is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.) and given that Chelsea don’t look potent up front, it’s not a bad proposition. The Magpies have produced just one goal in their last four games, but at home, their form isn’t bad. They were on a four-match winning streak and were unbeaten in seven at St James’ Park before a loss against West Brom in their last home fixture. Overall they are W7 D4 L7 for the season on home soil. They have taken two home wins against current top six sides this season having bettered both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Chelsea may have put together a good W4 D2 unbeaten streak of form but they are likely to miss out on the top four. They are really struggling in front of goal and really need a proven scorer up there. They create a lot of pressure without getting many clear-cut chances really. They made such hard work of breaking down Huddersfield in midweek in their 1-1 draw and then their goal only came through sheer luck. The Blues are on a three-match winning streak on the road and each of those were victories by a one-goal margin so there is that again. Overall away from Stamford Bridge this season Chelsea’s form reads W10 D3 L5. They have averaged 1.87 goals per game on their travels and 67% of their road games have ended over 2.5 goals. This just doesn’t have that feel about it and under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). The Blues do have the fourth best defensive record in the top flight and the third best away record of all teams. In order to pull out a shock top four finish, they would have to win this while hoping that Liverpool blows their lines and lose at home to Brighton at the same time. It’s not too likely to happen.
Chelsea have taken back to back wins over Newcastle this season, one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup. Both wins for the Blues were at Stamford Bridge and they scored exactly three goals in each. Chelsea have gone W4 D1 in their last five games against the Magpies in all competitions while both teams have scored in three of the last four. There was a 2-2 draw between them in their last meeting at St James Park.
Look for the draw in this one as Chelsea’s top four bubble really has been burst and this game isn’t going to matter either way for either of them. The Blues haven’t been terribly convincing so look for a share of the points.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
In showing a bit of character and fight, Chelsea have made the race for a top-four finish interesting. The Blues took a 1-0 win over Liverpool on the weekend and if they win this one they would pull level on points with the Reds. The Blues go into the midweek action just two points back of fourth-placed Spurs. Huddersfield got a great point against Man City at the Etihad on the weekend. They need one more to guarantee survival.
Chelsea 1/6, Draw 11/2, Huddersfield 18/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
It is four wins on the bounce for Chelsea now and they have been showing some character in that sequence, fighting back from being behind against Southampton and Burnley to get wins, then holding off Liverpool on the weekend. That equals their best run of form for the season and all they can do is win their last two games and hope that Liverpool or Spurs don’t. It’s been better from the Blues without looking anywhere near as good as they were last season. Chelsea to win to nil back at the Bridge in this one is at 8/11 odds with William Hill* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Chelsea’s home form is W11 D3 L4 for the season and they are W3 D1 L1 in their last five at the Bridge. They don’t look as if they are going to go out and put a hatful of goals on the board though, and in the William Hill correct score market a Chelsea 1-0 is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) and at this stage it is just all about the result. There’s nothing to lose for the Blues at this points, so it’s throw the kitchen sink at the Terriers time.
The Terriers bagged a point against Manchester City on the weekend, with the champions not quite being on their game. But credit due to Huddersfield for digging in there and getting what could be a precious reward in the long run. They only need a draw in this one to be safe at the end of the season and so they will probably be turning up in a bullish, defensive mood. The Terriers have drawn their last two away games in the top flight and have won just one of their last nine games on the road (D2 L6). They have only won three times on their travels this term so it’s not likely that they are going to pull off a shock win. They have failed to score in any of their nine visits to current top ten sides this season (D2 L7). Both teams not to score with William Hill at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) looks the obvious option, therefore. The Terriers have produced just the eleven away goals all season and they have done well enough at the back in that each of their last four away games have ended under the 2.5 goal line. Can they get their survival point?
Chelsea have won back to back games against Huddersfield and both with a 3-1 scoreline as well Before this season’s Premier League win over the Terriers, the Blues had won a 2008 FA Cup home game against them. Going back, Chelsea are on a seven-match winning streak against the Terriers in all competitions. The earlier Premier League meetings this season was the first league clash since the 1983/84 Old Division 2.
Chelsea can deliver the home win and keep things really interesting in the top four for the final weekend of the season. It’s just about winning for them, no matter the overall performance or scoreline. Look for a home win by the one-goal margin.
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the high-profile clash of the Premier League weekend. All that Liverpool are really looking to do is secure third place in the table over Tottenham, even though that’s out of their hands as Spurs have a game in a hand over them. Chelsea’s thin hopes of a top-four finish will diminish with anything less than three points here.
Chelsea 23/20, Liverpool 11/5, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 9:44 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)
Chelsea’s home form stands at W10 D3 L4 and a positive going into this one is that they are going to be a lot fresher than Liverpool are. The Blues have been patchy at Stamford Bridge recently though with a W2 D1 L2 record in their last five league games there. This will be their first home game though April 8th which was a 1-1 draw with West Ham. They have won their last three league games, all away from home and all by a one-goal margin. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Chelsea have averaged 1.65 goals per game at home this season and they have scored in each of their last four. They have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last three at home though and both teams to score is going to be a pretty obvious betting option going into this one. Eden Hazard looks to have rediscovered his top form after a bit of a slump and is a pretty solid anytime goalscorer option for the home side. Chelsea still have a mathematical chance at a top-four finish heading into the weekend, but it is highly unlikely to end up happening for them.
Liverpool have been doing the extra work in their Champions League campaign so have been trying to balance the domestic duties with that. It has led to them making chances for Premier League games recently and that is why they are only W1 D3 in their last four games in the English top flight. They have been distracted by Europe. Their away form reads W1 D1 L2 in their last four which is part of an overall W9 D5 L4 record for the term away from Anfield. Liverpool have not won at any of the other current top six this season, losing at Man City, Man Utd and Spurs while drawing at Arsenal. They conceded at least two goals in each of those as well. Over 3.5 goals is at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). The Reds have returned over two goals per away game on average this season and leading the way is Mo Salah with thirteen away goals for the team and he’s going to be heavily backed against his former club in the anytime goalscorer market. If they do lose this Chelsea would move to within three points with a game in hand over them. But still, Liverpool dominate the Blues in goal difference advantage.
Three of the last four meetings have ended in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool winning the other one in that sequence. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against the Blues. The Reds have won their last two league visits to Chelsea as well. Both teams have scored in each of the last seven Premier League games.
Chelsea are the fresher of the two sides with all of the extra Champions League work that Liverpool have been doing. The Blues really have nothing to lose at this point, so they can have a good go at this. Back Chelsea to win in a game where both teams score probably.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Swansea never really had a chance in their heavy defeat at Man City on the weekend, so the Swans can write that off and move on. This is another tricky game for them though as they look for points to try and get safe for the season. Chelsea moved through to the FA Cup final last weekend and turn back to league action hoping to get some pressure on Spurs for that fourth place finish.
Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Swansea 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
Swansea would really not have expected to have gotten anything out of their trip to Man City on the weekend and with a 5-0 loss that’s exactly what happened. But is back to home soil where they are on a good five-match unbeaten streak of form (W4 D1). That should give them some confidence. The threat of relegation is still there for them but even a point out of this could prove crucial. The Swans start the weekend four points clear of the drop zone. Overall this season Swansea are W6 D3 L7 on home soil but most of the good stuff has come since Carlos Carvalhal came in as boss. The Swans have scored in each of their last five home games and both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:14 a.m. on April 24th, 2018). Swansea have averaged a goal per game at home so far this season and just 38% of their home fixtures have made it above the 2.5 goal line. So this may not be a high scoring affair as the Swans will try and battle for a precious point by staying tight. 69% of Swansea’s home goals have come after the half time break, so a half-time draw may be a good option too.
The Blues put themselves into the FA Cup final with a win over Southampton on the weekend and with Spurs dropping league points recently, the Blues are trying to close down a five-point gap to the Lilywhites in the race for fourth place. It’s unlikely but the Blues just have to keep winning and hope. Chelsea have won their last two league games, both away from home. Both of those were one-goal margin successes over Southampton and Burnley. Chelsea’s last three league wins have been all by a one-goal margin and Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin is at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Overall this season Chelsea have produced a W9 D3 L5 sequence of form and three of their four away defeats have happened in their last five road games. Chelsea don’t look totally on point at the moment but they have beaten each of the other four who are currently sat in the bottom five (away games). Chelsea scored at least three goals in each of those wins as well. In the bet365 correct score market, a conservative Chelsea 1-0 result is at 5/1 odds with a 6/1 on a Chelsea 2-0* (all Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Chelsea have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season.
Chelsea were 1-0 home winners over Swansea earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. That is back to back wins they have taken over Swansea in the top flight now. However, they are only W2 D2 L1 in their last five league outings against the Welsh club. The Blues have taken just the one point from their last two league visits to the Liberty Stadium.
Chelsea don’t look thoroughly convincing, but they should have enough and be able to create enough to edge their way past Swansea. They will be feeling much better about themselves after their FA Cup success last weekend. Away win but both teams to score.
26th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
There was a thrilling league contest between these two last weekend which Chelsea fought back from behind to win 3-2. The Blues will favourite to go out and take a win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final tie as well. This is a nice distraction for the Saints who are struggling to maintain their Premier League status. Can they at least gain some Cup cheer?
Chelsea 2/5, Draw 7/2, Southampton 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
Chelsea go out in what is their last shot at silverware this season. Their FA Cup campaign started with a nervy passage through Championship side Norwich, the Blues winning a penalty shoot-out in the replay at Stamford Bridge. Things got easier for them after that with strong clean-sheet home wins over Newcastle and Hull. They did have a tougher scrap on their hands at the King Power against Leicester in the quarter finals, the Blues needing an extra time winner from Pedro to make it through. Having avoided Spurs and Manchester United in the semi-final draw, the Blues will be happy with this setup for Wembley. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 2-0 result is at 11/2 odds with a 2-1 success for them at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). The Blues, to be fair, have had their troubles keeping the ball out of the back of the net recently.
The Blues have won the FA Cup seven times, their last win coming in 2012. They lost last year’s final 2-1 to Arsenal. Chelsea visited Southampton last weekend in the Premier League and found themselves in a 2-0 hole before fighting back with three goals in the final twenty minutes of action to win 3-2. Chelsea had won their home game against Southampton 1-0 so a Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin bet at bet365 for 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) looks a decent proposition. This will be the ninth meeting in the FA Cup between the two sides and from those previous seven Southampton are W4 D3 L1 up over the Blues. However, Chelsea currently are on a five-match winning streak against the Saints in all options and lost just one of their last ten against them (losing two of the last 19 head to heads).
Six of the last eight meetings between Chelsea and Southampton have produced at least three goals so over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). Southampton have won the FA Cup before, claiming it in 1976 and they have lost three other finals, the most recent of which was in 2003 against Arsenal. It has been a struggle for Southampton in the Premier League and they are staring at relegation, but have a chance through the cup to finish the season on a high. They have come through some tricky tests as well, opening with a 1-0 win at Championship side Fulham, before taking out Watford at St Mary’s. Then it was a narrow win at West Brom before collecting a 2-0 success at Wigan, who had dumped Manchester City out of the competition. So three of their wins have been by a one-goal margin only. They are going to have to overcome some poor head to head form against the Blues to progress, but going as underdogs the pressure won’t be on them.
Chelsea have the extra quality and depth and should enjoy the space at Wembley a little bit more, allowing the likes of Hazard and Willian plenty of room. Chelsea are likely to have too much for the Saints, but still, with Chelsea looking shaky at the back, go for Chelsea to win & both teams to score.
19th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Burnley’s fantastic winning streak continued on the weekend as they took a home win over Leicester to make it five on the trot. It’s been fantastic for them and they are closing in on Arsenal for a sixth-place finish. Chelsea fought back from 2-0 away at Southampton to record a thrilling 3-2 victory in the end after producing a fantastic second-half performance. They still look shaky though.
Chelsea 10/11, Draw 13/5, Burnley 14/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
The Clarets have a big head of steam going at the moment with a five-match winning streak. Four of those wins have been by a 2-1 scoreline and in the bet365 correct score market a Burnley 2-1 option is at 14/1 odds a long way from the shortest priced option of a Chelsea 1-0 at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). The Clarets are unbeaten in four at home (W2 D2) and collected a 2-1 win over Leicester there on the weekend. They could jump above Arsenal into sixth place with three points in this one. Overall their home form is W7 D4 L5 for the season and they did hold Man City to a 1-1 draw just back in February. There have only been the 14 home goals from the Clarets this season, but they are defensively strong having conceded just 13 in 16 home fixtures. Only 25% of their home games have made it above the 2.5 goal line however each to their last five (home and away combined) have gone over and over 2.5 goals at bet365 does appeal at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). Striker Chris Wood has now scored in four of their last five.
Chelsea showed a nice bit of team spirit and character on the weekend, fighting back from 2-0 down at Shoutmon to take a 3-2 win thanks to super-sub Olivier Giroud who got a brace, with Eden Hazard getting the other. That snapped a three-match losing streak of away from that Chelsea were on, so they needed that boost of confidence. Still, they look pretty messy at the back and both teams to score at bet365 is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:39 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). The Blues have scored an average of 1.8 goals per away game this season but have conceded at over a goal per game now. 69% of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals. Chelsea doesn’t have a clean sheet in any of their last four away games and none in their last six home and away combined. It’s not been good from them at the back and 67% of the goals that they have conceded away from home have been in the second half of matches so they tend to switch off at the end of games it would appear. They have scored in 81% of their away games this season and Eden Hazard is their top away scorer with eight.
Burnley opened the season with a shock 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. That was the first ever win for the Clarets over the Blues in the Premier League. Chelsea are W4 D2 L1 from their seven previous Premier League fixtures against the Clarets. Both teams have scored in each of the three previous Premier League meetings at Turf Moor and five of the seven previous top-flight clashes have gone above 2.5 goals.
Burnley are playing with such team spirit and confidence at the moment, that they may well be able to hold out. Chelsea are not looking particularly sound at the back by any stretch of the imagination, so back a midweek draw at Turf Moor.
17th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Southampton are in dire straits now and are starting to get cut adrift at the bottom. They are three points away from safety heading into the weekend but they do have a game in hand over Crystal Palace who directly above them, fourth from bottom. Chelsea again disappointed last weekend as they allowed West Ham to grab a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. They are going to struggle to hold on to fifth place at this rate.
Chelsea 5/6, Draw 13/5, Southampton 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018)
The Saints are on a three-match losing streak in the top flight and are winless in six (D2 L4). It’s been pretty terrible from them and since beating Everton back on November 26th, they have won just one game since which was against bottom side West Brom in early February. Overall the Saints have won just five league games this season and are in a mess. They have failed to score in four of their last six matches now and under 2.5 goals at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018) looks a decent option for this game. Southampton have produced a W3 D7 L6 record at home for the season and they are winless in eight there (going back to that victory over Everton). Each of their last four home games have gone under 2.5 goals and they have failed to come up with a goal in their last two at home. The Saints in total have scored 16 goals in 16 home games this term. Only bottom side West Brom have a worse home record that Southampton have this season. They are only going to have two home games left this season in which to drum up some survival points. It is not looking good for them.
It’s gone pretty wrong for Chelsea this season. They blew a 1-0 home lead over West Ham on the weekend after dominating for most of the match. They couldn’t find a second and allowed the Hammers to get back into things. That’s a poor W2 D1 L5 record that the Blues have managed in their last eight games now. They are on a three-match losing streak away from home in the top flight at the moment, going down against Watford, Man Utd and then Man City and they are left with a W7 D3 L5 away record this season. The defence has been uncharacteristically weak from the Blues this season and they have no clean sheet in their last five league games played and obviously none in their last three on the road. Both teams to score at bet365 may well be worth a flutter at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018). They have slumped out of the top four and now even holding on to a top-five finish with Arsenal in form and breathing down their necks, may be a stretch. Still, the last time that Chelsea weren’t in the Champions League, they won the Premier League (last season).
There was a 1-0 home win for Chelsea vs Southampton in mid-December and that was Chelsea’s fourth straight Premier League success over the Saints. Southampton, in fact, have won just one of the last nine meetings between the two clubs (W1 D2 L6). Chelsea took a 2-0 win at St Mary’s last season and they are unbeaten in their last four league visit there, winning three of them.
The draw really isn’t out of the question in this one. Chelsea can’t seem to finish off teams and close out games successfully. Southampton haven’t looked like winning a game for a while but they may be able to tough out a point at home against the out-of-sorts Blues.
10th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish this season were dashed as they blew a lead at home against Tottenham to suffer a 3-1 loss. That leaves them eight points out of fourth place and running out of matches. So now it’s a matter of holding off Arsenal for fifth. West Ham landed a much-needed win over Southampton last weekend, how will they fare on the road in this London derby?
Chelsea 2/7, Draw 4/1, West Ham 11/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:00 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
Chelsea’s season pretty much came to a crashing halt last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Spurs. That is five defeats in their last seven league games now (W2). Both of those wins were at home and they have a W10 D2 L4 record at Stamford Bridge this season. They have only lost two of their last dozen on home soil in the top flight though. Their defence is not looking all that sharp at the moment though and both teams to score at bet365 is a viable option for this still at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). On top of that, they have not looked sharp up front either, aside from the occasional big performance from Eden Hazard or Willian. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring against Spurs last weekend and he is the 11/4 bet365 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). Each of their last four home games have gone over 2.5 goals that is despite them still having conceded an average of under a goal per game this term. Their season has pretty much petered out and now just have the fifth place finish to play for.
The Hammers relieved some pressure with a great 3-0 home win over Southampton last weekend. Marko Arnautovic had a great game up front and he is a 3/1 bet365 anytime goalscorer for the game* (Betting Odds taken at 8:36 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The Hammers on a three-match losing streak away from home and overall this season have only put up figures of W2 D5 L9. The Hammers have tallied an average of 1.25 goals per away game this season, but their defence has been pretty horrible on the road having conceded an average of 2.3 goals per game and they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last six away from home. They have scored in each of their last eight away games though so over 2.5 goals at bet365 should have plenty of appeal in this one. 65% of West Ham’s goals conceded away from home this season have come in the second half of matches. That win last weekend left them five points clear of the drop zone.
The Hammers bagged a 1-0 victory over Chelsea earlier in the season and they haven’t done all that bad against the Blues recently in the top flight. In the last five league meetings, things are even with two wins each and one draw. Chelsea though are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge against West Ham in over a decade now.
Chelsea have to come out and play in this one to at least show some fight and team spirit. They should find the gaps against the West Ham back line which hasn’t been good on the road. The Blues are lacking clinical finishing but they should win this in a game which goes over 2.5 goals.
6th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting