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Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 24th January 2018

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Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup, 24th January 8.00pm

Who will be working their way through to Wembley? This tie is still in the balance after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, where neither really looked as if they believed that could win that game. So it just comes down to this battle now at the Emirates. Chelsea will be favourites as they have been in much more consistent form than Arsenal have been as of late, but the Gunners will be hungry for this as it is their last shot at domestic silverware this season. Chelsea are 5/4 at bet365 to get the win on the night, with Arsenal at 21/10 and the draw is at 12/5* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:11 p.m.)

Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Betting Tips

The Gunners have been having their problems with results lately as they have won just one of their last six games played in all competitions. That win came on the weekend as they pummeled Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates. That was a boost that they badly needed because they were on a five-match winless streak before that. The Gunners will be a bit concerned about their defence and they have shipped a total of six goals in their last three games at home. The Gunners have taken only the one clean sheet in their last seven games across all competitions. They recently played host to Chelsea in the Premier League at the Emirates and the two played out a 2-2 draw there on January 3rd, the Gunners equalising in the 90th minute. The first leg at Stamford Bridge was a bit of non-event and Arsenal never looked as if they were trying to score but both teams to score at bet365 is probably going to have some appeal at odds of 4/6* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.). Given the way Arsenal’s defence has done recently, that’s not a bad option.

This will be the fifth game between the two of these this season alone and each of the other four (two league, one Community Shield and the EFL Cup semi-final first leg) all ended in a draw at 90 minutes. So there isn’t going to be much to choose between the two of them again most likely and that is reflected in the bet365 correct score market where the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 11/2. The Gunners have won just one of their last eight home games against Chelsea across all competitions. An important factor is that they failed miserably in their FA Cup title defence this season, falling at the first hurdle and so they will be pretty geared up for this and they got the boost of Mesut Ozil returning over the weekend in their beating of Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The winner of the fixture will play the winner of the Man City v Bristol City tie at Wembley in the final.

The Blues snapped themselves out of some less-than-ideal form on the weekend as they hammered Brighton 4-0 at the Amex in the Premier League. That ended a five-match sequence of drawn matches that they were on across all competitions and three of those were 0-0 draws. So they were struggling in front of goal, but Eden Hazard and Willian were superb on the weekend against the Seagulls. They don’t have a striker in any kind of form though. On their travels, they are on a five-match unbeaten streak of form with a W2 D3 record, but overall they have been rock solid at the back for the most part. They have three clean sheets in their last four away games and overall home and away they have taken seven clean sheets in their last nine games. The Blues have failed to win any of their last five games against Arsenal but still go as favourites for this one. In the bet365 To Qualify market Chelsea are 4/6 to reach Wembley with the Gunners at 6/5 to progress* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.).

Who will win – Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Predictions

This is probably going to be a tight battle down the line, but both will have to play better than they did in the first leg. Chelsea have struggled for goals lately, but they do look the better of the two sides at the back and that should be enough to see them squeeze through. Arsenal may just come up short against their old foes at the back.

22nd January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Brighton v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 20th January 2018

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Brighton v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 20th January 12.30pm

Chelsea’s busy schedule looks to have really been catching up with them lately. They have played out back to back draws in the top flight going into this one and they have looked a tired side in recent cup exploits. They make a trip to the south coast on Saturday lunchtime as they face up to a Brighton side who have slipped dangerously close to the drop zone. Chelsea are 4/9 at BetVictor to get the win, with the draw at 17/5 and Brighton at 8/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 3:21 a.m.)

Brighton News and Form

The Seagulls have collected only one victory in their last twelve Premier League fixtures and that lone win in that sequence happened at home against Watford just before Christmas. While they haven’t been winning, they have remained pretty solid on home soil with a three-match unbeaten sequence of form going at the Amex. Overall the Seagulls are just W3 D6 L2 for the season at home, which isn’t bad with only Liverpool and Manchester City having won there. But an overall lack of goals is hindering the progress of turning draws into wins. The Seagulls have netted twelve goals in eleven home games this season and only 36% of their home fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals so this has every chance of being a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals at BetVictor looks good value at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 7:59 p.m.). The Seagulls have failed to score in three of their home games this season. They have slipped down to just three points above the drop zone following a loss out at West Brom last weekend so there is pressure on them to deliver.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea are starting to look as if they need a break, but they had to endure an FA Cup replay in midweek against Norwich which they didn’t want. The Blues are now carrying back to back league draws into this fixture and have gone W2 D3 in their last five. They have been struggling a bit for finishing power recently in competitions lately and that is probably because of tiredness. They are in good league form with a seven-match unbeaten streak of form going, but away from Stamford Bridge, they have gone just W1 D3 L1 in their last five. So there could be a struggle for them in breaking down the Seagulls in this one. The Blues are W6 D3 L2 overall on their travels in the top flight this season and they have averaged 1.8 goals per game. They have shipped just the nine away goals so Chelsea to win to nil at BetVictor may have appeal for some punters. Chelsea have the joint-best defence alongside Manchester United this season heading into the weekend. This may well be a grind for them though with nothing working for them much up front. Chelsea have taken five clean sheets in their last six league outings.

Brighton v Chelsea Head to Head

Chelsea took a 2-0 home win over the Seagulls just back on Boxing Day and that was their seventh straight win over them in all competitions. Overall Chelsea are W7 D1 L1 from nine previous games against Brighton. They have conceded just one goal in their last seven against them.

Who will win – Brighton v Chelsea Predictions

There is a temptation to look at the draw because Chelsea had that extra game in midweek and looked tired before it. Either way, the game should go under 2.5 goals at the Amex and another frustrating 0-0 draw for Chelsea may appeal because the Seagulls are pretty strong on home soil.

17th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 17th January 2018

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Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup, 17th January 7.45pm

The Blues made a lot of changes for the game at Carrow Road and couldn’t come up with a winner. Norwich had their moments in the game as well, to be fair. This is just an extra game that Chelsea really didn’t want right now as they don’t get a break. They will probably go much stronger in an attempt to close out this tie. Chelsea are 1/6 odds on at Paddy Power to win, with the draw at 11/2 and Norwich at 16/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 2:10 a.m.)

Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Betting Tips

The Blues had a bit of a misfire out at Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup. They made a lot of changes to their starting line up, but it still was expected to be strong enough to have not needed a replay in this tie. But after a 0-0 draw here they are. Following a 0-0 home draw with Leicester in the Premier League on the weekend, the Blues have now produced three straight 0-0 draws in all competitions. So they have gone off the boil a bit and certainly main striker Alvaro Morata, who came on as a sub at Carrow Road, isn’t looking all that close to scoring anytime soon. Even though they are not winning games at the moment Chelsea are not losing. The last side to beat them was West Ham back on December 9th, leaving the Blues unbeaten in their last ten games. They have claimed a clean sheet in six of their last seven games and Chelsea to win to nil at Paddy Power has to be weighed up, especially against a low scoring side like Norwich.

There is plenty of history between the two sides and most of the recent stuff has just been dominated by Chelsea. The Blues are unbeaten in their last fourteen games against Norwich in all competitions (W10 D3) so they are strong there. They have also kept a clean sheet in three of their last four against the Canaries too. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have gone W7 D1 in their last eight in all competitions against Norwich.

Norwich are not a powerful attacking force by any means and the Championship side are the lowest scorers of everything currently in the top eighteen in the league. They have hit a little bit of form though with a five-match unbeaten streak of form going (W3 D2) across all competitions and they have been tight at the back as well. They have conceded just one goal in their last five games and therefore under 2.5 goals with Paddy Power really looks a solid option to weight up for this replay. Chelsea have had such a busy fixture list recently, that they may well rest players again because they don’t look particularly sharp at the moment. The Canaries are unbeaten in their last three away games but have just two wins in their last eight (D2 L4) in all competitions and they have been out on the road to face Premier League opposition this season, going down 2-1 at Arsenal in the EFL Cup. The Canaries have failed to score in three of their last six away games (four goals in total). The winner of the tie gets a home fixture against Newcastle in the fourth round.

Who will win – Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Predictions

The Blues are likely going to be far more comfortable and focused in this one back at the Bridge. Norwich really doesn’t have the firepower to compete at the end of the day with one of the strongest sides in the country. Chelsea to win by a 2-0 correct score has some appeal.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Chelsea v Leicester Prediction & Betting Tips, 13th January 2018

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Chelsea v Leicester Premier League Preview, 13th January 3.00pm

The Blues have put together a very good streak of form in the top flight and they are six undefeated then now and are looking pretty stable and solid. They have some massive home from going as well with a seven-match Premier League streak going at Stamford Bridge. Leicester have slumped to back to back away defeats now in the top flight, will they have enough punch to challenge Chelsea? The Blues are 1/4 to take the win, with the draw at 9/2 and Leicester at 11/1* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.22pm)

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea carries some strong home form into this fixture having won their last seven on the bounce at Stamford Bridge in the top flight. Five of those victories have been with a clean sheet as well and Chelsea to win to nil at Coral is an 11/10 option* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 5.37pm). It has been great form from the Blues and home and away overall they have remained unbeaten in their last six (W4 D2) in the top flight, and they have lost just one game since that shock defeat against Crystal Palace back on October 14th. The Blues have netted 21 goals in their eleven home games this season while they have conceded just an average of 0.6 per home game. In the Correct Score market, the shortest-priced option is a Chelsea 2-0 which shows what the bookmakers are expecting to happen in this game. Alvaro Morata is their top scorer but still looks like he could use a league goal at the moment to get his confidence back after missing so many sitters in a recent 2-2 draw at Arsenal. That hasn’t stopped him going into the game as the outright favourite in the First Goalscorer market though of course. He is the only Chelsea player to have scored more than two league goals at home for the Blues this season. One thing to take into consideration is the busy week the Blues have had as they sent out a strong side in their EFL Cup semi final first leg against Arsenal in midweek.

Leicester News and Form

The Foxes have slipped to back to back defeats on their travels in the top flight and both defeats, against Watford and Liverpool, were by a 2-1 scoreline. Leicester scored the opening goal in both of those as well. It means that they have scored in each of their last seven away games but they have also not kept a clean sheet in that sequence of away fixtures either. The Foxes have scored an average of 1.6 goals per game away from home so they have been pretty reliable and they have scored the opening goal in six of their eleven games. They are generally strong starters but they keep falling away have not been able to hang on to their advantages often enough. Jamie Vardy is an injury doubt for this one but Riyad Mahrez has been in great form recently and is a 4/1 Coral anytime goalscorer for the game* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 5.48pm). In total Leicester do have only the one clean sheet this season away from the King Power and have lost at Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool on their travels which is a good indicator for this one.

Chelsea v Leicester Head to Head

The Blues won both league games against Leicester last season by a 3-0 scoreline and they rolled out a 2-1 win at the King Power earlier this season. That leaves them with a four-match winning streak against the Foxes in all competitions and they are undefeated in five against them. The Foxes have won just one of their last fourteen games against Chelsea across all competitions and have lost six of their last seven games at Stamford Bridge (D1).

Who will win – Chelsea v Leicester Predictions

The Blues would have to be backed to collect the victory on home soil in this one. They have very good form going but it is worth looking at them to win to nil to boot, especially with the injury doubt that is hanging over Jamie Vardy for the Foxes. It may not be a high scoring game considering the extra midweek game that the Blues had.

11th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Man City lead the way in FA Cup 2017/18 Betting Odds

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There is still plenty of action to come from the Third Round of the FA Cup as eight ties still needing to be settled through replays. The big shock of the Third Round was the fall of Arsenal who suffered a 4-2 defeat at the City Ground against Championship side Nottingham Forest. Arsene Wenger risked fielding a weakened side and paid the price, losing in the Third Round for the first time ever in charge of the Gunners. Manchester City had no such problems as they cruised past fellow Premier League side Burnley at the Etihad, while Manchester United steeled themselves to see off a stern challenge from Championship promotion hopefuls Derby.

Liverpool made their way through to the Fourth Round at the first attempt with a home victory over rivals Everton in a thrilling Merseyside derby, while Tottenham were on cruise control against Wimbledon. It leaves Manchester City as 3/1 favourites at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm) to win the trophy this season, followed up by joint second-favourites Manchester United and Liverpool. Chelsea’s odds may shorten a bit if they get past Norwich in their replay at Stamford Bridge, while Leicester needs another attempt to try and get past League One opponents, Fleetwood.

League Two side Newport recorded a big shock in the Third Round of the FA Cup as they dumped out Championship side Leeds and they have pulled in a huge tie of facing Premier League opponents Tottenham. Yeovil, also from League Two get a dream home game against Manchester United while Coventry, who took out Premier League opposition in Stoke in the third round make a visit to the MK Dons.

FA Cup Odds*

Man City 3/1, Man United 5/1, Liverpool 5/1, Chelsea 11/2, Tottenham 13/2, Leicester 25/1, Southampton 40/1, Newcastle 50/1, Watford 50/1, West Ham 50/1, 66/1 bar* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm)

Fourth-round draw in full:

Liverpool v West Brom

Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester

Huddersfield v Birmingham

Notts County v Wolves/Swansea

Yeovil v Manchester United

Carlisle/Sheffield Wednesday v Stevenage/Reading

Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City

MK Dons v Coventry

Millwall v Rochdale

Southampton v Watford

Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace

Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham

Hull v Nottingham Forest

Newport County v Tottenham

Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle

Sheffield United v Preston

FA Cup Third Round Replay Dates

January 16th
Leicester v Fleetwood
Mansfield v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle
West Ham v Shrewsbury

January 17th
Wigan v Bournemouth
Swansea v Wolves
Chelsea v Norwich

9th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Chelsea v Arsenal EFL Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 10th January 2018

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Chelsea v Arsenal EFL Cup, 10th January 8.00pm

A great London derby semi final showdown in the EFL Cup, starting with the first leg at Stamford Bridge On Wednesday evening. Chelsea have a good stretch of unbeaten home from going over the Gunners, but the two sides have already drawn three times this season. So another tight battle between the two rivals is likely to go down in this first leg. Chelsea are 4/5 to collect the win, with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm).

Chelsea v Arsenal EFL Cup Betting Tips

Three meetings this season and three draws between these two. Chelsea and Arsenal met at the Emirate in the Premier League in the first week of the year and Chelsea thought they had won the game before Arsenal struck a late equaliser. That was a wide-open game and the Blues created more than enough chances to win it, Alvaro Morata missing three one-on-one chances in the fixture. He goes as the first goalscorer favourite for the first leg of this EFL Cup semi-final. The Blues didn’t send out their strongest starting eleven in a 0-0 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road on the weekend in the FA Cup, but it should have been a side good enough to win it. Anyway, it is worth having a look at both teams to score at 8/11 with Betfair* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm) for this one as that has happened now in four of the last five meetings.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home games against the Gunners (W5 D1) so hold themselves in a pretty commanding position in the head to head. In their last five home games against the Gunners, Chelsea have outscored their rivals 13-1 at Stamford Bridge. But things between them have been tight this season and Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at Betfair is a very appealing 11/4 option* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm). Chelsea are actually in good form defensively on home soil and they are on a four-match winning streak there with three clean sheets earned in that sequence across all competitions. So there is every indication that this again will be tight and it could even be worth considering under 2.5 goals because Arsenal will probably want to try and stay tight to have something to play for back at the Emirates.

The away miseries that Arsenal have been having this season continued on the weekend as they fell to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. That was the first time under Arsene Wenger that they had been eliminated at the third round stage and it leaves them now with only the EFL Cup to play for on the domestic front. So they should be fired up for this one after paying the price for fielding an under-strength side at the City Ground. If they lose this semi-final tie then surely the club have to be considering looking at the future and a change of manager. The Gunners have won just two of their last seven games across all competitions away from home and are just W5 D5 L6 on the road this season. There has been little stability there from them and they have earned just two clean sheets in their last nine away from the Emirates.

Who will win – Chelsea v Arsenal EFL Cup Predictions

Chelsea should have the edge on home soil. They created plenty against the Gunners recently at the Emirates and with Arsenal’s away form hindering them, the Blues can land a narrow advantage in this semi-final tie.

8th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Norwich v Chelsea FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 6th January 2018

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Norwich v Chelsea FA Cup, 6th January 5.30pm

This will be a tough tie for Championship side Norwich as they play host to Premier League opposition in Chelsea. The Canaries have struggled badly for goals this season and while there is every chance that the Blues won’t start their strongest eleven in this tie, the Blues are expected to still have too much for the Canaries. Chelsea are 4/9 odds on favourites for the win, with the draw at 5/1 and Norwich are big 5/1.

Norwich v Chelsea FA Cup Betting Tips

The Canaries really haven’t lived up to expectation this season at all and only three teams have scored fewer goals in the Championship than they have this term. So they are a side which struggles for goals and that makes this a tough game for them. The Canaries aren’t exactly carrying any kind of prolific home form either with them as they have won just two of their last ten fixtures at Carrow Road but those two wins did come in their last three games there. They have conceded in each of their last five home games as well and really should be there for the taking given their lack of scoring. Just twice in their last ten games at Carrow Road have Norwich managed more than one goal in a game. Under 2.5 goals at Coral is up at a price of 6/5. Can they hold out against the Blues? The last time that these two met was in the 2015/16 and Chelsea won both games on that occasion and they are unbeaten in their last fifteen matches against Norwich in all competitions.

The last time the two of them met in the FA Cup was back in 2007 and Chelsea strolled to a 4-0 victory at home. Chelsea are on a three-match winning streak at Carrow Road with just the one goal conceded in their last four visits there. Chelsea to win to nil at Coral has to be a decent proposition for the game. The Blues probably won’t go full strength for this one and there may not be a need to. The Blues are looking solid and strong at the moment and they are undefeated in their last seven matches in all competitions (W5D2). They have only won one of their last five away games though across all competitions (D3 L1) which is a surprise for them, but they were superb in a league draw at Arsenal in the week. In the correct score market Chelsea 2-0 option is at 13/2 and leading up the anytime goalscorer market is Alvaro Morata at 4/5 who badly needs a goal after missing three sitters against the Gunners. Michy Batshuayi is 5/6 to net as he could well get a run out.

Who will win – Norwich v Chelsea FA Cup Predictions

Chelsea should be more than comfortable in this one because Norwich are not any kind of threat going forward. An understrength Chelsea still looks value to collect a win to nil in this third round tie.

5th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Arsenal v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 3rd January 2018

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Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 3rd January 7.45pm

A big London derby lights up the midweek action and Arsenal are going into it with some ground to make up on Chelsea as well. The Gunners, who failed to beat West Brom on the weekend find themselves seven points adrift of the Blues. Chelsea continued in their good current form by smashing Stoke at Stamford Bridge on the weekend to move them to five games unbeaten in the top flight now. The Blues are 4/5 favourites for the game with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5.

Arsenal News and Form

The Gunners have had a good season at the Emirates with a W8 D1 L1 record there and Manchester United are the only visitors to have enjoyed success there. In their last home game, the Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and that has left Arsenal having conceded a total of six goals in their last three games played home and away. So they are looking a little vulnerable at the back and in their draw at West Brom on the weekend, the Gunners looked really poor and lifeless going forward. The Gunners have netted 2.5 goals per game on average this season at home in the Premier League while they have now conceded one per game on average. The Gunners have collected six clean sheets at home and as this is expected to be tight under 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 6/5. Seven of the last ten meetings between these in all competitions have gone under the goal line so there is something of a trend there. Alexis Sanchez has hit a bit of form in front of goal for Arsenal and he is a 13/8 anytime goalscorer option for this one.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues have been going well lately with a W4 D1 record produced in their last five games and they have hammered Stoke 5-0 on the weekend, even by resting some of their key players like Eden Hazard. That is four clean sheets on the bounce now that the Blues have picked up in the Premier League and they are a price of 9/2 to win to nil at William Hill for this. Away from home Chelsea are W6 D2 L2 for the season and they have taken just the one win in their last four road games (D2 L1) which were against Huddersfield in mid-December. They played out a 0-0 draw at Everton just before Christmas in their most recent away game. Willian has produced well for the Blues recently, scoring in two of their last three away games and he is a great 3/1 anytime goalscorer option for this one. The Blues have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season where they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten away games with four clean sheets away from home for the season. The Blues have opened the scoring in six of their ten away games this term as well.

Arsenal v Chelsea Head to Head

Three of the last six contests between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates have ended in a draw. There have already been two draws between them this season, in the Community Shield and a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge as well. Chelsea are up in the head to head in Premier League fixtures recently though with a W4 D2 L1 record against the Gunners. Arsenal are W1 D1 L1 in their last three league home games against the Blues.

Who will win – Arsenal v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea looks the value option of the two at the moment. They are just flowing well right now and rested some key players on the weekend. Arsenal were terrible against West Brom on the weekend and will get torn apart if they play like that in this one. Away win.

1st January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Chelsea v Stoke Prediction & Betting Tips, 30th December 2017

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Chelsea v Stoke Premier League Preview, 30th December 3.00pm

The Blues have been going along steadily in their pursuit of a top four finish this season and took a comfortable home win over Brighton on Boxing Day. They get a good chance to follow that up with another win as they take on the stuttering Stoke. The Potters were left with a point only from their trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday and are still too close to the drop zone for comfort. Chelsea are 1/6 odds on favourites to pick up the win, with the draw at 6/1 and Stoke at 14/1.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues have been going well then and are unbeaten in their last four league games (D3 D1). They have collected three clean sheets in a row going into this one as well and therefore Chelsea to win to nil with Paddy Power is going to be a good option for the game. Chelsea have four clean sheets in their last five home games so there’s a good trend running along there for sure and they smashed Stoke 4-0 earlier in the season too. They got Alvaro Morata back for their Boxing Day victory over Brighton and he’s so important for leading the line and he is the 5/2 Paddy Power first goalscorer favourite. Chelsea are currently riding a six match winning streak at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and will be one of the home bankers in the Premier League on the weekend. Overall their record is W7 D1 L2 at home this season and they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten home games. Only 30% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals so look under the goal line and only Man City can now boast a better defensive record in the league than the Blues.

Stoke News and Form

It’s not happy times in the Black Country at the moment with Stoke struggling along to find their form. They are only W1 D3 L6 on their travels this season so far and they have lost three of their last four (D1). The Potters played out a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield on Boxing Day and that leaves them without a clean sheet in their last ten league games. They have only failed to score in two of their away games this season which isn’t bad, but they have claimed only one away clean sheet all season, which is pretty bad. 70% of their points this season have been earned on home soil and they have by far, the worst defensive record in the entire top flight. In the Paddy Power correct score market, a Chelsea 2-0 option has decent appeal. As a positive though Stoke are the current top scorers of sides in the bottom half of the table. Still, going into the weekend they have the second-worst away record this season and they are winless in five on the road now though and have conceded in each of those five games as well. This is going to be another tough afternoon for them in the league.

Chelsea v Stoke Head to Head

Chelsea triumphed 4-0 at the Bet365 Stadium earlier in the season and that is twice in the last three meetings that they have scored four goals past Stoke. Chelsea are on a three match winning streak in the top flight against Stoke, going undefeated in their last four against them. The Blues are W8 D1 in their nine previous home games in the Premier League against the Potters.

Who will win – Chelsea v Stoke Predictions

This should be routine enough for Chelsea in this one to go and collect another three points. They are just ticking over without looking anywhere near as good as they were last season, but they have the match winners to see this out. Home win and to nil.

28th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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Chelsea v Brighton Prediction & Betting Tips, 26th December 2017

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Chelsea v Brighton Premier League Preview, 26th December 3.00pm

The Blues have been ticking along well on home soil in the top flight with a five match winning streak going at the Bridge and they are going as strong favourites to win this Boxing Day affair. Brighton will probably just try and dig out a point from a defensive display in this one but they haven’t been carrying any away form to suggest that that will happen. Chelsea are 2/11 with William Hill to pick up the win, with the draw at 11/2 and Brighton at 14/1.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues have put together some nice form on home soil, having won their last five on the bounce there in the top flight. Three of their last four victories on home soil have only been by a 1-0 scoreline so that has to be a good option in the correct score market for this one because Brighton will just turn up and try and hold on. Overall Chelsea are W6D1 L2 at home this season, but they have momentum going now and have three clean sheets in their last four there, with just one goal conceded in that sequence. The Blues to win to nil is a viable option as well then based on that. The Blues have only averaged 1.5 goals per game which isn’t that high of an output from them really, but they have only conceded the seven goals with a clean sheet in 56% of their games at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton News and Form

The Seagulls have slumped to a three match losing streak out of the road in the top flight, failing to score in any of those defeats. So they need to pick themselves up but this is another tough road game for them having also been to Manchester United and Spurs recently. Brighton have only managed the five away goals all season but to their credit, they have only conceded at an average of 1.2 goals per away game which isn’t disastrous at all. But it is going to be debatable as to whether or not they are going to have enough going forward to trouble Chelsea. Overall this season on their travels they have collected a W2 D1 L6 record and they may struggle to get a return out of this one.

Chelsea v Brighton Head to Head

The Blues won both meetings against Brighton the last time that the two of them were together. That was a long time ago through back in the 1998/89 old Division 2. There have only been eight previous games between the two and Chelsea are W6 D1 L1 from those.

Who will win – Chelsea v Brighton Predictions

Back the Blues to pick up the win in this one and they are value to go and collect a clean sheet in the game as well. The Seagulls are out of form on the road at the moment and they will probably stay that way in another tough road fixture for them.

24th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting

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