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
Full credit to Chelsea because they handled themselves really well in the first leg of this semi final tie out in Germany. The score in the tie is sat level at 1-1 but Chelsea have a precious away goal in the bag all ready. Can the Blues finish the job back at Stamford Bridge now as they go in search of the title? Read our Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt betting tips for more.
Eintracht Frankfurt 13/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
So Chelsea have a nice advantage now and are poised well in this tie. After coming from behind to earn a draw in the first leg out in Germany, the longer that first leg went on the less and less threatening Frankfurt became. That continued an impressive campaign in this season’s UEFA Champions League from Chelsea. The Blues have won each of their last nine home games in the Europa League and now do look fully to be in the driving seat to reach the final.
With a good league performance in the English top flight on the weekend and other results going their way, Chelsea have confirmed a top-four finish there are so will be heading to the Champions League next season. That take some pressure off them on the domestic front and allows them to fully focus on the second leg of this tie. In avoiding defeat in the first leg of this tie Chelsea have set a new record in the competition as that was their 16th game in a row without defeat.
It was also Chelsea’s 11th win in their 13 matches played in this season’s competition (D2). The Blues have won five of their nine previous UEFA competition ties after having drawn the first leg away from home. They have however lost three of their last four. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is the top scorer in this season’s competition with 10 goals to his name. Chelsea have never lost at home to German visitors, winning six of their eight previous such fixtures. Two of those eight games were knockout phase fixtures, Chelsea winning both of those.
While Chelsea were booking a top-four finish in the Premier League on the weekend, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a 6-1 hammering against Bayer Leverkusen in the German top flight. To be fair they probably had one big eye on this fixture. Frankfurt have been a major threat in this season’s competition and they have scored in each of their last 14 away games in Europe. The big danger man Luka Jovic opened the scoring for them with a fantastic header in the first half of the opening game of this tie.
Jovic is on nine goals for this seasons Europa League campaign, just one behind Chelsea’s Giroud. Frankfurt have only been involved in two previous two-legged ties against English clubs in European action before. They lost both of those ties and suffered defeats in both away games. It has been really good stuff from them in this season’s Europa League though as they won their group ahead of Lazio and Marseille. They then got past Shakhtar and Inter Milan in the knockout stages before taking out Benfica 4-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.
The home record that Eintracht Frankfurt have in the Europa League, home and away (including qualifying) is W16 D5 L2 which is highly impressive. They have won seven of their 11 previous away games in this competition, but just one of those victories have been in the knockout phase. Eintracht have lost three of the four UEFA ties in which they have drawn the first leg at home. This is the first-ever appearance in the Europa League semi-final by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Chelsea’s second-half performance out in Germany, in particular, gave a good indication of the difference in class between the two teams. The Blues pretty much controlled the game and should be able to handle whatever the Germans throw at them at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to win and both teams to score.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea have two games to go to get themselves a top-four finish. Realistically become of goal difference, a win on Sunday will get them that result. So will the Blues be able to make the most of home advantage? They are taking on a Watford side who need a win to be in a chance of a top seven finish. Read our Chelsea v Watford betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 2nd, 2019 at 7:34 p.m.)
The Blues are winless in their last three league games, having taken back to back draws against Burnley and Man Utd in their last two. The Blues have taken a W11 D6 L1 record on home soil this season and they are on a good eight-match undefeated streak of league form there at the moment. They have produced a goal in each of their last seven at home, getting at least two in each of their last three. At home this season against teams in the top half of the table, Chelsea are only W3 D4 L1 so it hasn’t been the greatest of returns from them.
Chelsea have averaged two goals per home game this season, despite looking far from being a dynamic team. Less than half of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals. The Blues have taken a clean sheet in 50% of home games and have two clean sheets in their last three at home. While this is an important home game for them, they did have extra work in midweek in the Europa League, which could work against them. There’s still work for them to do inside of the top four. Of their home wins this season, nine of them have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Chelsea took a 2-1 win at Watford earlier this season
Watford have won one of their last fifteen against the Blues in all competitions
Each of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea are W4 D1 in their previous EPL home games against the Hornets
The Hornets took a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Wolves last weekend. They have taken just the three wins in their last nine league games, home and away. Out on the road, they have lost three of their last four. They did claim a win in their last road game which was out at Huddersfield. Overall this season the Hornets have taken a W6 D5 L7 record away from home. They have scored at an average of 1.4 goals per away game, but have conceded at an average of 1.5. Their away form against teams in the top half of the table this season isn’t great.
Watford a W1 D1 L6 away at teams in the top half of the table. So that’s been a clear problem for them. Watford have not earned a clean sheet in any of their last ten games in the top flight, home and away. The Hornets have not taken one in any of their last five on their travels and each of their last five away games have gone over 2.5 goals. Watford have hit the back of the net in each of their last three on their travels through.
This is probably going to be tight game at the Bridge, especially with Chelsea coming off the back of Europa League action on Thursday night. However, the away form of Watford isn’t there. Home win.
2nd May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea are the favourites to get through this tie but this isn’t going to be that easy of a first leg from them. The Germans are a very enterprising, positive side and it has not taken much for Chelsea to crumble away from home during this calendar year. Chelsea could come under some pressure in this one. Read our Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Eintracht Frankfurt 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
The way that Eintracht Frankfurt have handled themselves in this season’s at UEFA Europa league has been highly impressive. They have only lost one game on their way to the semifinals. In the group stage they picked up maximum points, and that was not a particularly easy group that they were in either. In this season’s group stage, they faced Lazio, last year’s Europa League runners up Marseille and Apollon Limassol.
They also moved on to take out some big guns through the knockout stages of the competition.each of their three opponents in the knockout rounds, prior to this meeting with Chelsea, were against teams who dropped down from this season’s champions league. First of all Eintracht Frankfurt beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 32, before seeing off Inter Milan in the following round. That set them up with a quarter-final tie against Benfica.
Eintracht Frankfurt lost the first leg of that tie away from home, playing a large chunk of the game with 10-men. But they battled so well to get a couple of goals on the board in a 4-2 defeat. Those away goals were so vital in the end as they turned the tie around with a 2-0 home success over Benfica, to progress through on away goals.
This will be the first time that Eintracht Frankfurt have faced Chelsea. The Germans have had experience against English opposition before, but it all has been negative. They have lost all three of their previous two-legged UEFA competition ties against English teams. Their last game against English opposition was a 0-0 home draw against Newcastle in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage, with a 0-0 draw being played out in that fixture.
It leaves Eintracht Frankfurt unbeaten on home soil against English teams at a W2 D2 record. Eintracht Frankfurt have only ever lost two games in the Europa League, winning 16 of their other 20 fixtures played in the competition. So that is highly impressive and at home in the Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt have never lost that game. Their record in Europa League home games is won nine, drawn two. They are the only one team left in the final four who have never been to the semifinals of this competition before.
Chelsea have gone just a little bit better than what Eintracht Frankfurt have done in this season’s Europa League. Chelsea are undefeated in this campaign, winning 11 of their 12 fixtures. They took an easy group win at the first stage before coasting to a 5-1 aggregate victory over Swedish side Malmo in the round of 32. Chelsea then sent Dinamo Kiev packing with an 8-0 aggregate success. They were pushed a little bit more when it came to facing Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.
Despite a pretty poor performance they managed to survive a trip to Prague by earning a late 1-0 victory. The return leg at Stamford Bridge ended in a 4-3 win for the Blues. Chelsea’s overall home and away form against Bundesliga opposition is not bad at all. From their 19 previous matches they hold a W10 D5 L4 record. They have also won their last two visits to Bundesliga opposition.
On their last show trip to Germany, Chelsea has faced Schalke and in those two matches, the English side produced a 3-0 and 5-0 victory. In the Europa League, Chelsea are currently on a six-match winning streak. This has suddenly become a hugely important campaign for them because it offers them a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions lLeague if they can lift the title. That is a nice backup to have just in case things don’t work out in the top four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea have equalled Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten 15 match streak in the UEFA Europa League. So they are on the brink of setting a whole new standard. Chelsea haven’t lost in the Europa league since a defeat at Rubin Kazan in their 2012/13 quarter-final. That campaign was their only previous one in the Europa League, and Chelsea still went on to win the tournament outright in what was their debut season. Chelsea have won six of their last seven (D1) away games in the Europa league, scoring 14 goals and conceding just the four.
There is a decent chance that the Germans can come up with a positive result in this one. They will be pushing for a something good on home soil in this first leg to defend out on the road. That makes them dangerous. Home win.
1st May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
This is a crucial battle in the race for a top-four finish in the league this season. Chesla hold the aces and they will know that avoiding defeat is going to edge them closer to a top-four finish. But Manchester United are a bit of a wounded beast at the moment. Can they raise their standards to keep themselves in the hunt? Read our Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Manchester United 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.)
The Red Devils have been going through a bit of a rough time of things. They have lost their last two league games, reverses happening against Everton and Manchester City. That is four defeats in their last six games played now (W2) in the top flight. They have failed to score in half of their last six league fixtures. So they are not without their struggles at the moment. However, the loss against Man City in the derby at Old Trafford in midweek snapped a fourteen match undefeated streak of form that they had been on home soil in the top flight. They were on a three-match winning streak at Old Trafford before their clash with the Citizens.
Manchester United’s overall home form this season reads W10 D5 L2 and they have scored 32 home goals at an average of 1.9 per game. They have struggled in defence and even keeper David de Gea has seen his form drop right away. United have taken a clean sheet in just 12% of home fixtures this season, while 75% of league games at Old Trafford have gone over 2.5 goals. Of the home wins that they have recorded, seven of them have been by a one-goal margin. United have no clean sheet in any of their last eight league games, home and away. They have conceded 77% of their home goals after the halftime break.
Manchester United took a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this season
The Red Devils also beat Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup
Chelsea have won only one of their last four games against United in the EPL
Man Utd are unbeaten in their last five at home against the Blues in the league
The Blues had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against Burnley last weekend, which was a disappointing result for them as they are trying to secure a top-four finish. The Blues haven’t been in great shape on the road in 2019. They have lost five of their last seven road games now (W2). The two wins in that sequence were against Fulham and Cardiff and both of those were 2-1 successes. So it hasn’t even been convincing against the weaker sides. In total Chelsea’s away record this season is W9 D1 L7. Their away record against the other top six sides is played four lost four this term.
Chelsea have taken a clean sheet in 29% of away games this season, but they have conceded in each of their last seven on the road. Of the goals which they have conceded away from the Bridge, 62% of them have been after the half time break. The Blues have opened the scoring in 9 of their 17 away games this season and have been leading at the halftime break in six. The Blues have not been involved in an away draw in fourteen played now. A victory in this game could consolidate their chance at a top-four finish, so it’s a huge game for them. They have the fourth best defensive record in the top flight. Can they keep out United?
Chelsea have been so poor on the road and their defence has been a mess at times. Manchester United may be able to rally themselves in this one and put a victory on the board. It’s likely to be a low scoring game as well. Home win.
27th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea missed out on important points last weekend in the race for a top-four finish as they suffered a loss at the title-chasing Liverpool. They will be hoping for an easier time of things on home soil against Burnley this weekend. The Clarets though should show up in a bullish mood as they have won each of their last three league games, putting relegation worries behind them. Read our Chelsea v Burnley betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 11:57 p.m.)
Chelsea lost 2-0 last weekend in the Premier League against Liverpool. In midweek they almost blew a 3-0 half-time lead against Slavia Prague in the Europa League, the Blues ending up winning the game 4-3. It has not been the most convincing of seasons from the Blues but they are still in the mix for a top-four finish. Before their defeat at Liverpool Chelsea were on a three-match winning streak in the Premier League. Their home form has been good at Stamford Bridge this season in the top flight as it stands at W11 D5 L1. Chelsea are undefeated in their last seven home games and they are currently on a six-match scoring streak at the bridge.
The Blues have averaged exactly 2 goals per home game this season and they have been tight in defence as well. Chelsea have conceded at 0.6 goals per home game this season and they have collected a clean sheet in four of their last five at home in the top flight. Only 41% of chalices home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. The Blues in total have taken a clean sheet in 53% of home fixtures. Of their 11 home victories, this season all but two of them have been by a two-goal margin. Chelsea have yet to be losing at the halftime break in a home game this season and they have scored 59% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures.
Chelsea earned a 4-0 away win at Burnley earlier this season
The Blues have won their last two league meetings with the Clarets
Burnley won this corresponding fixture last season 3-2
Both teams have scored in six of their last eight league meetings
Burnley are on a three-match winning streak at the moment after collecting a home win over Cardiff last weekend. They also collected a victory in their last away game which was against Bournemouth but they had lost their previous two on the road against Newcastle and Liverpool. The overall away record of Burnley this season has seen them win just four games (D4 L9). Three of those four away victories this season by the Clarets have been in 2019. Burnley have struggled for clean sheets away from home this season collecting one in 18% of their road fixtures.
Burnley average 1.1 goals per away game this season but they have conceded at an average of 1.9 per road game. So that is really where they have fallen down. In their five away games against the other big six teams in the division this season Burnley are D1 L4. There has been no clean sheet in any of their last five away games but they have scored at least two goals in their last two away fixtures. Of the nine away defeats at Burnley have suffered this season seven of them have been by at least a two goal margin. They have conceded 59% of their away goals in the second period of fixtures. There are only four teams in the division currently with a worse defensive record than that of Burnley’s.
This is no easy game for Chelsea who do still look a bit directionless at the best of times. But they have produced some strong home form recently and they may be able to battle their way past the Clarets. Home win.
19th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea didn’t have a comfortable night away from home in the first leg, but they managed to get away with a 1-0 win. That sets them up nicely on home soil to drive on and put this tie in the book. But Slavia Prague will have plenty of belief about them after a spirited effort in that first leg. Read our Chelsea v Slavia Prague betting tips for more.
Slavia Prague 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 5:02 p.m.)
Chelsea have the advantage in the tie thanks to a Marcos Alonso goal. Their 1-0 success in the Czech Republic moved them onto a 14 match undefeated streak of form in the tournament. That’s just one from equalling Atletico Madrid’s record in the competition. The Blues have now won ten of their 11 matches in the UEFA Nations League this term. The first leg in this tie was the first time that the Blues had met Slavia Prague and they were given a stern test.
The Blues are undefeated in seven games against opposition from the Czech Republic now but are just W1 D2 in their three previous such home games. Across their eleven games in this season’s Europa League, Chelsea have conceded in just three of them. The Blues have never lost at home in the Europa League and they have never exited Europe after having won the first leg of a tie away from home (11 occasions). This is their first home game against a team from the Czech Republic since a duel with Sparta Praha in the 2013/13 Europa League round of 32.
This is the furthest that Slavia Prague have been in European competition before, having gotten out of the group stage in the Europa League for the first time. They qualified as runners up behind Zenit. They then knocked out Genk in the second round before pulling out a surprise upset in getting the better of Spanish side Sevilla with a 4-3 aggregate win. In that tie, they had battled to a good 2-2 on the road.
Their away form doesn’t make for good reading in Europe. They have won just three of their last 27 road games in European fixtures (D10 L14). Of their six away games so far in Europe this season, they have failed to score in three of them, each of those three games ending in defeat. Slavia have lost all six UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated at home in the first leg. They have won just one of their ten UEFA fixtures against English opposition and have lost their three previous two-legged ties against English clubs in Europe.
Chelsea were under a bit of pressure in the first leg but still got the job done. It could be a little less stressful for them back at the Bridge for the second leg. They should be in control of this and Chelsea to win to nil at evens is a decent proposition* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 5:02 p.m.).
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Liverpool v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 14th April 4.30pm
A huge game for Liverpool and their title ambitions. On paper, it is really their toughest game of their remaining fixtures now. Can they secure three points at this crucial stage? Chelsea also have a lot to play for as they turn up at Anfield. The Blues are battling hard for a top-four finish and can’t afford to drop points either. Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 12th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
Liverpool have had some scrapes in their last few games but they keep returning of the wins. They benefited from mistakes from Fulham and Tottenham to win the recent games against those opponents, and then they had to battle back from falling behind and Southampton in their last fixture. So they have been under pressure but they have so far handled the pressure, winning each of their last four league fixtures. It is a 12 match undefeated streak of form that Liverpool are currently on in the Premier League. They are on a four-match winning streak on home soil.
Liverpool home record in the top flight this season reads W14 D2 from their 16 matches played. The Reds have averaged 2.9 goals per home game. Their defence has also been bang on point with them conceding just 10 goals at home all season for an average of 0.6 per game. That having been said home and away Liverpool have no clean sheet in their last four played. 69% of league games at Anfield this season have made it over 2.5 goals, even with Liverpool claiming a clean sheet in 56% of home fixtures. Liverpool have been winning at the halftime break in 11 of their home games and they are on a 12 match scoring streak on home soil.
Each of the last three league clashes at Anfield have ended 1-1
Chelsea are undefeated in their last eight trips to Anfield in all competitions
There was a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge between them earlier this season
Five of the last seven meetings have gone under 2.5 goals
Chelsea are currently on a three-match winning streak although the level of opposition in streak hasn’t been the highest. The big thing that comes into question for Chelsea is their away form. They have won two of their last three on the road but looking back at their extended form the Blues have lost four of their last six Premier League away games, failing to score in any of those defeats. The two victories which they have taken in that sequence were against Cardiff and Fulham who are both in the bottom three.
Away from home, this season Chelsea are W9 D1 L6 and in that campaign, on the road, they have scored 23 goals which is an average of 1.4 per game. Chelsea have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last six road fixtures which is a huge concern for them heading to Anfield. Chelsea haven’t been involved in an away draw in any of their last 13 played. Chelsea have opened the scoring in nine of their road fixtures this season while six of their nine away successes have been by just the one goal margin only.
Chelsea have a lot to play for and they don’t have a bad record at Anfield either. However, Liverpool have been in tremendous form at home and luck seems to be on their side. They may well find a way to bag a precious three points in this one.
13th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting