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
Chelsea v Tottenham Premier League Preview, 1st April 4.00pm
A new month brings a heavyweight duel at Stamford bridge between London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. This could have big implications in the race for a top-four finish. Spurs are holding down fourth heading into the weekend, five points clear of their rivals, so a win for the Lilywhites in this one would pretty much close the door on the Blues. Can Chelsea lift themselves for a big home performance? They need to.
Chelsea 5/4, Tottenham 11/5, Draw 23/10* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018)
Big pressure game for Chelsea now which is a huge opportunity to try and edge their way back to the Champions League qualification places. They have a five-point gap to make up to Spurs in order to achieve that, but a win here would put good wind in their sails. Chelsea have won their last two league outings at Stamford Bridge, beating West Brom and Crystal Palace. Overall the Blues are W10 D2 L3 for the season and they have averaged 1.7 goals per game on home soil. So while their overall form recently hasn’t been great, they do look a solid home side. Each of their last three home games have made it over 2.5 goals and that is 21/20 at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to happen in this one as well. If the Blues don’t make the most of this one then their chances of making it to the Champions League next season through the league route are going to be severely hampered. Olivier Giroud is the 13/8 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for the game, but Willian out at 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) is always a tempting proposition and has been in great form. The Blues are currently sixteen points worse off than they were at this stage last season. The pressure is on, especially with only two wins in eight previous games this season against top-six opponents.
The Blues have shown some vulnerabilities at the back and with Spurs (even without Kane) a threat, then the both teams to score option at bet365 for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) is still looking viable. Spurs can take a lot of pressure off of themselves with a win in this one which would pretty much lock down a top-four finish. The Lilywhites are in great form at the moment with a four-match winning streak going and no defeat since a loss to Man City back on December 16th. Away from home this season in the top flight the Lilywhites are W8 D3 L4 and they have won four of their last six on their travels (D2). Spurs have averaged 1.9 goals per game away from home this season and have been their usual solid selves at the back, taking a clean sheet in 40% of their road games. Spurs have scored in each of their last eighteen league games now and are unbeaten in twelve in total home and away. They are missing Kane, but are still such a tight, well-knitted group of players.
The Blues did take a win at Wembley earlier this season against the Lilywhites and have won three of the last four meetings against their rivals in all competitions. They collected a 2-1 success in his corresponding fixture last season and are defending a proud unbeaten home record against Spurs in the Premier League. Chelsea have won three of their last four (D1) league home games against Spurs and overall home and away in all competitions are W4 D2 L1 in their last seven against them.
Chelsea do have a bit of home form going against the Lilywhites and they can take advantage of the visitors being without Kane. The Blues have to raise their game, leave everything out there in this one to get some pressure back on the Lilywhites for a top-four finish.
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This could end up being a tough game for Chelsea. The Blues are well out of sorts at the moment and their chance of a top-four finish looks to be fading a bit. Buy Crystal Palace, despite some good performances recently are still in massive relegation trouble as they were once again thwarted by conceding a late goal in a loss against Manchester United last Monday.
Chelsea 3/10, Draw 21/5, Crystal Palace 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 a.m. on March 7th, 2018)
The Blues have been having a really rough time of things lately with four defeats in their last five Premier League games played. Three of those four losses though were away from home and the Blues have been in pretty decent shape on home soil. They are W4 D1 L1 in their last six at Stamford Bridge, beating West Brom handsomely in their last home fixture. Overall the Blues are W9 D2 L3 this season at home in the Premier League where they have taken a clean sheet in 64% of their games. Chelsea to win to nil at William Hill is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:45 a.m on March 8th, 2018). Chelsea are crying out for a striker to hit top form again as their chances of getting into the top four are pretty slim without either Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud going on a tear. Chelsea have averaged 1.7 goals per game at home this season while they have conceded at just 0.7 per game which is good. They have just been at sixes and sevens lately across the back line with only one clean sheet taken in their last five played. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/10.
Palace are struggling along on a three-match losing streak but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Their last two losses, at home against Tottenham and Manchester United, saw them go down in each because of conceding a late goal. But they back in the drop zone and feeling the pressure and have missed Wilfried Zaha tremendously. They are D1 L2 in their last three games on the road and overall home and away are winless in six now (D2 L4). They have only collected the two away victories all season, losing eight so they are going to be vulnerable again here. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:45 a.m on March 8th, 2018). Just once this season have the Eagles been ahead at half time on the road, but they have managed to score in each of their last six away games though. Problematically they have conceded in each of their last five games away from Selhurst Park and have taken a clean sheet in just 21% of their away fixtures. Two-thirds of the goals they have come up with on their travels have been in the second half of matches. Given their current standing and current form, anything out of this fixture would be a pretty big boon for the Eagles.
Palace sprung a surprise 2-1 home win over Chelsea earlier this season and that is back to back Premier League wins that they have taken over the Blues. Palace have actually won three of their last five against Chelsea in the top flight (L2) and each of those wins were by a 2-1 scoreline. The Blues have lost their last two home games against the Eagles.
Despite some brave performances, the Eagles keep coming up short and therefore Chelsea should be favoured to get the win. The Blues have been pretty stable at home this season and most of their issues lately have been on the road. Look for the home side to edge it probably by not more than a one-goal margin.
8th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City will look to extend their impressive home form even further by taking down Chelsea on Sunday evening. The Citizens are strolling their way to league success but for Chelsea, their chances of landing a top-four finish could seriously be coming off the rails having lost up at Old Trafford against Manchester United last weekend.
Man City 4/7, Draw 16/5, Chelsea 17/4* (Betting Odds taken at 06:05 a.m. on February 26th, 2018)
Manchester City on a thirteen match winning streak at home in the Premier League. Not too shabby them. They are just on cruise control and have scored at least three goals in each of their last six home fixtures in a remarkable show of scoring power. Their tally now from their fourteen home games in the league is at 50, which is an average of 3.57 goals per game. Remarkable stuff and they have conceded just the ten goals on home soil with a clean sheet in 36% of their home fixtures. 36% of their games at the Etihad have gone over 4.5 goals and over 3.5 goals at bet365 for the hosting of Chelsea is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 a.m. on February 27th, 2018). The Citizens have been leading at half time in all but four of their home games this season so a Man City/Man City half time/ full-time bet isn’t without its appeal. All but one of their home games have seen at least two goals this season. It has pretty much been a procession for them and in the bet365 correct score market a Man City 3-1 option can be backed at 12/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 s.m. on February 27th, 2018).
Chelsea’s top four hopes have taken a massive hit lately. They are now W1 L3 in their last four league games and they may struggle to avoid defeat in this one as well. They have lost their last two away games on the bounce after going down 2-1 at Old Trafford on weekend against Manchester United. The Blues have conceded nine goals in their last four games now and they are just W1 D2 L2 in their last five away games. So the struggles there are clear for them, they are not as tightly knit of a unit as they were last season. Their overall away record in the league is W7 D3 L4 and they really need either Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud to start scoring heavily. Eden Hazard and Willian are pretty much carrying the can for them from midfield and that’s a big burden. Chelsea have averaged 1.8 goals per game away from home and they are on a four-match scoring steak away from the Bridge. But their defence is there for the taking at the moment and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 a.m. on February 27th, 2018). Their form is dropping and so is their chance of getting back to the Champions League next season.
The Citizens took a 1-0 win out at Chelsea earlier this season and that was a response to having lost both of last season’s meeting in the top flight against the Londoners. Manchester City are now 3-2 ahead int eh last five Premier League clashes but are only W1 D1 L2 in their last four on home soil against Chelsea.
Manchester City are likely to be pretty untroubled in this one. Chelsea are out of form and things just seem to be falling apart for them just at the wrong time. Look for the Citizens to run out a comfortable win by a margin of a couple of goals.
28th February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
After something of a spat this season, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte will go head to head at Old Trafford on the weekend as the two sides look to land valuable points in the chase for a top-four finish. United go into the fixture holding a three-point advantage over the Blues and in such a tight race there is no margin for error.
Man Utd 6/5, Draw 23/10, Chelsea 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:30 p.m. on February 20th, 2018)
The Red Devils have been a pretty solid banker all season at home in the league. They are W10 D2 L1 at Old Trafford all season and they have won their last two there with a clean sheet as well. United have only given up the five home goals this term and Manchester United to win to nil with bet365 for this big duel is at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:30 p.m. on February 21st, 2018). United have scored an average of 2.2 goals per home game this season which is a pretty solid return and they have taken a clean sheet in 77% of fixtures at Old Trafford. They are currently on a three-match streak without having conceded there. United did suffer a shock defeat last time out in the league though as they went to Newcastle and came away empty-handed in a 1-0 loss. Seven of their last eight games have gone under 2.5 goals and considering that they will have had a day’s less rest than Chelsea going into this one and looking at the recent history between them, under 2.5 goals at Bet365 has some big appeal for the fixture. Romelu Lukaku has scored in his last two home league fixtures.
Chelsea got things tactical spot on in their 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek. There haven’t been going too well out on their travels in the Premier League though as they are just W1 D2 L1 in their last four road games. In their last away game, they went to Watford and put in a shocker of a performance to lose 4-1. Overall this season the Blues have a healthy W7 D3 L3 record away from Stamford Bridge but it just hasn’t been happening for them lately. Still, they have not had too many problems in front of goal as they have averaged 1.9 goals per away game which is a high return for them and they have been leading at half time in six of their thirteen away games. With the arrival of Olivier Giroud they now have the options up front with Alvaro Morata back from injury and they are both at 9/4 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market for the game* (Betting Odds taken at 4:30 p.m. on February 21st, 2018). An away win for the Blues would really set the cat among the pigeons in the race for second place this season. However, with just a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six league games, the visitors are going to have their work cut out for them.
The Blues have actually been carrying an edge in the head to head. In the last 10 Premier League Meetings between the two clubs, Chelsea are W5 D4 L1 against the Red Devils. At Old Trafford, United won this corresponding fixture last season and they are unwanted in four at home against the Blues, but only W1 D3 against them in the league there. Both teams have scored in just one of the last seven match ups in all competitions.
Chelsea have really had their ups and down lately but this is probably going to be a cagey affair and it is worth backing the draw. Manchester United haven’t been at their best for a while and the tactical savvy of Conte could earn the Blues a point.
22nd February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to be going anywhere then at the moment, despite looking as if he is on the outs at Chelsea. The Blues have lost back to back league games following a nightmare against Watford last Monday. Will the decline of the Blues give West Brom a glimmer of hope as they head off to West London on the weekend? The Baggies are in big trouble starting the weekend at the bottom of the pile and they took a bad home loss against the struggling Southampton last weekend.
Chelsea 4/11, Draw 19/5, West Brom 8/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 5th, 2018 at 6:28 p.m.)
So Chelsea have not been having the greatest of times recently and they are trying to avoid losing the straight Premier League games after having gone down against Bournemouth and Watford, both in epic failures. Thy lost 3-0 at home against Bournemouth and then collapsed to a 4-1 defeat at Watford after Tiemoue Bakayoko had gotten himself sent off in the first half of the match. That is just a W2 D4 L3 record that Chelsea have recorded in their last nine games across all competitions, which isn’t good by their usual high standards. They have taken only the one clean sheet now in their last four games played in all competitions so it may be worth looking at both teams to score at Ladbrokes for odds of 3/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 7th, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.). If you are looking at Chelsea’s Premier League home form then it has been good. Their collapse against Bournemouth snapped an eight match unbeaten streak that they were on at Stamford Bridge, winning seven of those. But they are winless now in their last two there (D1 L1), failing to score in those two as well. They have been badly lacking depth up front and it leaves Eden Hazard, who got their consolation against Watford, as their shortest priced goalscorer option at even money* (Betting Odds taken on February 7th, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.). The sooner they start getting output from Olivier Giroud, the better.
The Baggies are in trouble after their home loss against Southampton last weekend in the top flight. That is back to back defeats for them now and they have won just one of their last twenty-four league games. So they are pretty desperate now and their away form isn’t going to give them a great deal of confidence either. They are D2 L4 in their last six away from the Hawthorns in the top flight and they have gone without a clean sheet in any of their last four on the road. That’s a twelve match witness streak of form that they are on now away from home in the division and in total they have only come up with the seven road goals all term. The Baggies have conceded at an average of 1.5 goals per game as well. The great revival that they hoped would happen under Alan Pardew simply has not materialised. 68% of the goals that they have conceded this season have been in the second half of matches, so a Draw/Chelsea half time/full time wager at Ladbrokes for 14/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 7th, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.) may not be a bad option to roll with. Even with Chelsea suffering at the moment, the Baggies don’t looking capable of following in Bournemouth and Watford’s shoes.
Chelsea romped to a 4-0 win at the Hawthorns earlier this season and they are on a three-match winning streak against West Brom in the top flight having won each of those with a clean sheet as well. The Blues are unbeaten in their last five against the Baggies now in the Premier League (W4 D1). So they do have that positive form going and they are unbeaten at the Bridge against the Baggies since a 1-0 League Cup defeat way back in 1984. Chelsea have scored exactly two goals in three of their last four home games against West Brom.
Chelsea have been going through the mire a bit and they look short of confidence and form. But there is an opportunity here for them to respond finally after a good break of a week. West Brom are just too unreliable to expect them to go out and take a win the Bridge where they have no form anyway.
10th February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Without a recognised striker available, Chelsea had a shocker at Stamford Bridge in midweek, losing 3-0 there against Bournemouth. That was a huge blow for them and now it’s out on the road to face Watford who got their first point under Javi Gracia in midweek as played out a 0-0 draw at Stoke. Will the arrival of Olivier Giroud to Chelsea help them get back on track in their battle for a top-four finish?
Chelsea 1/2, Draw 16/5, Watford 11/2* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.)
Watford collected a point in midweek as they played out a 0-0 draw with Stoke away from home. That leaves Watford on a five-match winless streak in the Premier League at the moment and they have collected just the one victory since beating Newcastle back on November 25th. Their home form has seen them win just three times Vicarage Road this season and they have won just one of their last six home fixtures. That was a 2-1 victory over Leicester back on Boxing Day. Watford have failed to score in their last two games but they have scored in each of their last seven on home soil. Their defence though is a big concern because they have conceded in each of their last six matches at Vicarage Road. Over 2.5 goals at William Hill is going to be worth considering because each of their last four home games have gone over the goal line. Watford have conceded over two goals per game on average on home soil so far this term. Even though they start the weekend up in 11th in the Premier League they only have a four-point cushion above the relegation Zone. A home win in this one would certainly boost their confidence.
The Blues had an absolute nightmare in midweek as they were hammered 3-0 at home by Bournemouth. That was arguably their worst performance of the season and they were all over at the place at the back and completely just fell apart. They started the game without a recognised striker on the field but the arrival of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal will fix that for them. The Frenchman is at even money odds at William Hill to score on the weekend for his new club. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four away games winning two and drawing two of them. In their last away game in the flight, they tore Brighton apart 4-0. Chelsea have only lost twice on the road this season and both defeats were by a one-goal margin only. Chelsea really need to knuckle down and produce a response to that midweek failure. Despite their bomb against the Cherries, Chelsea gave taken a clean sheet in six of their last eight league games and the Blues to win to nil at William Hill, given Watford’s struggles may still have some appeal and their midweek loss will have left a good price riding on that option.
Chelsea have won three of their last four visits to Vicarage Road now and overall home and away have won their last three against the Hornets, scoring ten goals in the process. Watford’s last win over Chelsea was back in the 1999 Premiership and they are winless in thirteen against the London side since then, losing ten of those. Seven of the last eight meetings between the two clubs have gone over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea will be better with having a proper striker on the field and you won’t see them as defensively frail as they were against Bournemouth very often. This is a testing game for them, but with Watford still trying to put the pieces of a new plan together, back a Chelsea win but with both teams to score.
3rd February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea have had a crazily busy January but they are just about ticking over. They managed to snap a five-match winless streak with a win at Brighton last time out in the league and they are favourites get themselves another three points here. Bournemouth are not doing badly at all at the moment though with a five-match undefeated streak, but they have struggled for away win. Chelsea are 2/7 at BetVictor to get the three points, with the draw at 21/4 and Bournemouth at 11/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 28th, 2018 at 6:18 p.m.)
The Blues made progress in the FA Cup on the weekend at the expense of Newcastle and they jump back into action at Stamford Bridge in midweek as they host Bournemouth in the Premier League. The Blues have a great W8 D2 L2 record on home soil at the moment and that is an eight-match undefeated streak of league form that they are on at the Bridge right now (W7 D1). So it’s fantastic from them and they have taken a clean sheet in each of their last four on home soil and they have collected six in their last seven league games home and away. Not too shoddy at all and Chelsea to win to nil at BetVictor is naturally going to have some appeal in this game. Chelsea have only conceded seven home goals in total this season at the Bridge. Going forward they have averaged 1.75 goals per game at home in the league but they were frustrated into a 0-0 draw by Leicester in their last home fixture. So far this season Chelsea have won all of their home games against sides from the bottom half of the table and again, the Blues were defensively sound with four clean sheets in those five. Chelsea have only scored more than one goal in four of their last six home games and a Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin because of that will have some big appeal as well as Chelsea 1-0 correct score.
The Cherries have lost at Spurs and Manchester United this season by only a 1-0 scoreline so could stick in there and battle in midweek. The Cherries have not managed to collect a clean sheet in any of their last eleven games now and from their four visits to current top six sides this season, they haven’t managed to net a single goal. The Cherries have been level at the break in four of their last five games and therefore a half-time draw should have some appeal here because Chelsea are not particularly looking a powerful attacking unit at the moment. Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five games in the league (W2 D3) but the two wins in that sequence both happened at home. They are without a win in their last six road games (D4 L2) and they have conceded at least two goals in four of their last five away from the Vitality. So they are battling well at the moment but are just falling short on the road and both teams not to score at BetVictor is a decent option. Bournemouth actually do have the look of being competitive, but they have only scored nine away goals at the end of the day and they are going up against a very stern and stubborn defence.
The Blues have won three of their last four home games against Bournemouth (L1) and they have beaten the Cherries twice this season already, once out on the road in the league and once at home in the EFL Cup. Overall Chelsea are 8-2 up with no drawn match from their ten previous clashes. The Blues have three clean sheets in their five previous home games against the Cherries. Both of Bournemouth’s wins over Chelsea were by a 1-0 scoreline.
Chelsea are favourites and it’s hard to see them going out and losing this one. They will get a challenge from Bournemouth though who are in resilient form at the moment, but the Cherries don’t have winning away form and may ultimately fall. A Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin has appeal.
29th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting