As usual, the Premier League returns from an international break with a cracker of a fixture. On Saturday lunchtime it will be a massive showdown at Stamford Bridge between the undefeated Chelsea and the struggling Manchester United. Can Jose Mourinho put a bit of shine on his season at his old stomping ground, or will his former club heap more problems on him? Read our Chelsea v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.)
It has been a long time since Chelsea lost at home in the league against Manchester United and they will fancy their chances here. Chelsea are undefeated across their eight games this season in the top flight, posting a W6 D2 record. They posted a comfortable 3-0 win out at Southampton before the international break with Eden Hazard once again the star of the show. He is in red-hot scoring form this season and while that continues he has to be worth backing at 11/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm). If he can help lift Chelsea to a win they would move ten points clear of Manchester United.
The Blues have posted a W3 D1 record so far on home soil, their winning streak ended in a tie against Liverpool in their last home game. Chelsea have been showing a very strong offensive hand this season and they have scored at least two goals in each of their victories in the top flight this season. They have earned a clean sheet in four of their eight league fixtures so far. A Chelsea 1-0 correct score option is appealing at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) but you could, of course, cover everything with a Chelsea to win to nil option.
The Red Devils hold a W4 D1 L3 record for the season and narrowly bagged a 3-2 win at home over Newcastle just before the international break, having been 2-0 down at half time. They got the result but the defensive frailties of their set up were again exposed. Manchester United did lose their last away game which was at West Ham leaving them with a W2 L2 record away from home. They have scored exactly two goals in three of their four away games. However, we are going to side with this one going under 2.5 goals at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm).
Across the course of the season, the Red Devils have managed to take just the one clean sheet so there are clear problems at the back there. Only Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff have conceded more goals than United have done this term. Away from home, they have conceded an average of 1.75 goals per game. They have scored 71% and have conceded 71% of their away goals in the first half of away matches. Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last three league games and he is down the pecking order at 5/2 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm). Currency Manchester United are seven points worse off than they were at this stage of last season’s campaign.
Last season there was a home win for each in the Premier League. On top of that, Chelsea won the FA Cup final against the Red Devils. Looking specifically at the premier league form between the two recently, none of the last ten have produced an away win. Chelsea are W4 D1 in their last five league home games against the Red Devils. Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings in all competitions. Just two of the last ten in all competitions have made it above the 2.5 goal line.
Chelsea look more organised, far more committed and energetic and upbeat than Manchester United do. We have to side with the form team in this one for our Chelsea v Manchester United predictions. Home win.
17th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Saints need to dig deep to try and turn the corner as they are in pretty bad shape with just the one win on the board this season. They go into this one after back to back defeats in this one and this is a tough game for them. Chelsea have dropped points in their last two league games in back to back draws. Read our Southampton v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
The Saints are having a really rough time of things and have failed to win in three league outings now. They have suffered back to back defeats against Liverpool and Wolves and Southampton failed to hit the back of the net in either of those. Overall this season Mark Hughes has seen his troops win just once in a W1 D2 L4 record.
Their home form stands at D2 L1. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three games which leaves them vulnerable for the visit of the powerful Chelsea attack. Both teams to NOT score is at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm)
After their struggles last season, Southampton are actually three points worse off than they were at this stage last term. So there is a decline from them. They have produced only the six league goals this season and just four teams have come up with fewer than that, three of those are sat in the relegation zone.
Surprisingly though, despite their lack of output, the Saints have had 14.6 shots per game on average this season so far in the Premier League, the fifth best. In context, Spurs average less than 14 per game but have scored 14. Southampton have concede an average of 13.6 shots per game against them this season
The Blues have been in great form this season in the top flight and will be defending their unbeaten start under Mauricio Sarri. The Blues have a W5 D2 record for the season, the draws have happened in their last two games against West Ham and Liverpool. The Blues are W2 D1 away from home this season in the league.
Their only failure to win away from home was in a 0-0 draw at West Ham in their last road game. Chelsea have two clean sheets in three away games. Chelsea to win to nil at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm).
Eden Hazard has been on another level this season and he is at 15/4 odds in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 5:01 pm). The Blues have conceded only the one away goal all season and that was in the second half of the match.
For your Southampton v Chelsea betting tips it may be worth looking at a Chelsea/Chelsea half-time/full-time option to push for some extra odds. They have been level at 0-0 in two of their three away games, but are facing a relatively weak Southampton side here.
There was back to back wins for Chelsea over Southampton last season and both of those successes were by a one-goal margin. The Blues are on a six-match winning streak against Southampton in all competitions. Both teams have scored in six of the last eight Premier League meetings.
Chelsea have looked so sharp and full of attacking intent that it is hard to see the Southampton defence holding out against them. Even though they are out on the road, this may be just about as routine as it gets for the Blues. Away win.
5th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This will be a big battle between two unbeaten Premier League sides this season. Liverpool holds a two-point advantage at the top of the table over the Blues and so if they could land three points at Stamford Bridge then that would be a significant result for them. Can the Blues leapfrog them with a big home performance? Read our Chelsea v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:33 p.m.)
Forget whatever happened in the League Cup meeting in midweek at Anfield. That’s not going to have a bearing on this competitive fixture. The Blues have made a fine start to the season having dropped just the two points, which was out on the road in a frustrating game against West Ham last season. So they are a perfect three wins from three on home soil and the Blues have returned nine goals in those three games. We are going to take the obvious option of 13/20 odds on over 2.5 goals* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea’s three home games this season have averaged four goals per game. So the stats are there to even push that to 3.5 goals if you fancied.
Chelsea still looks short of a quality, prolific goal scorer but Eden Hazard has been carrying responsibility well with a five-goal haul this season and four of those goals have come at home. Hazard is at 7/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea are looking so much more exciting under Maurizio Sarri and it will be interesting to see how much they can trouble Liverpool. For sure we are going to back both teams to score as it is hard to see this being a conservative match up.
Liverpool are perfect in the top flight after six games and they are the early pace-setters. They banked a big 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend in an easy affair for them. It means that they have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games this season in the Premier League. They have also conceded in just two of their six games this term but they haven’t faced any side as powerful in attack as Chelsea this term yet. Because we see Liverpool having the edge over the Blues but not by much the Liverpool to win by a one-goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.).
That’s the same margin by which they have won three of their last four games by, including their successes over Tottenham. Sadio Mane is their top scorer for the season with four goals and two of those have been out on the road. Roberto Firmino has scored his two goals of the season away from home. All of Mo Salah’s have been at Anfield. We’re putting that together and looking at the value of 2/1 odds on Mane to get on the scoresheet for the Reds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). This would be another massive three away points for them if they could land them all.
Chelsea bagged a home win in the league last season in this corresponding fixture and earned a draw at Anfield. That was a good return from them and they are unbeaten in three now (W1 D2) against the Reds. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven league meetings and there have been four 1-1 draws in the last seven Premier League clashes.
We like the appeal on the away side for value in the match outright. Liverpool just look more the complete package then Chelsea do at the moment. Neither of these have faced as good of an attacking team this season as they will go up against in this. Liverpool look to just have the edge and they can get the win.
26th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea will be looking to extend their perfect start to the new season as they step out in this London derby on the weekend. Will there Thursday night UEFA Europa League action starts affecting them? West Ham finally snapped out of their early season funk with a good three points out at Everton. Read our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips for more.
West Ham 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 20th, 2018 at 3:53 p.m.)
After four straight defeats at the start of the season, West Ham produced a good 3-1 win at Everton last weekend to break out of their slump. Their front line finally clicked with Andriy Yarmolenko getting a brace and Marko Arnautovic getting their third. So finally that was the kind of output that was expected of them after their big summer investments. There should be enough in this game to over 3.5 goals at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Their two home games this season have yielded one-goal margin losses against Bournemouth and Wolves.
The Irons have actually won only one of their last six home games in the top flight now (W1 D2 L3) so aren’t that reliable. Of the five league goals that they have scored this season all but one of them have come in the first half of matches and they have yet to be trailing at halftime in a home game this term. So the halftime draw with bet365 at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm) is worth a look in our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips. Arnautovic is their top scorer for the season with three goals and he is at 21/10 in the anytime goalscorer market.
The Blues are five wins from five games for the season but they now start that tricky balance of Thursday night European games and Sunday domestic fixtures. It was suspected that new boss Maurizio Sarri could be in for a slow start in getting his new style implemented. But the Blues have quickly gotten better and better as the season has gone on and they have scored at least two goals in each of their fixtures so far. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 2-1 option is at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm) which has appeal as we are going to look at both teams to score.
Chelsea have just the one clean sheet in their last four games so we are backing both teams to score at 4/6 odds for our West Ham v Chelsea betting tips* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Eden Hazard has been in tremendous form this season and he got a hattrick last time out as Chelsea powered their way past Cardiff. The Blues are playing some really fluent attacking football at the moment and Hazard is at the center of everything. Hazard is the top scorer for them this season with a five-goal haul and is the 11/10 anytime goalscorer favorite* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:10 pm). Pedro is the only other player to have netted more than one for them (3).
In last season’s Premier League meetings West Ham actually came out on top as they picked up four points against the Blues. That was a good return from them and in the last six top-flight meetings between the London sides, things are even with two wins each and two draws. West Ham have won two of their last three home league games against the Blues.
West Ham finally snapped their losing streak last weekend, but Chelsea have looked very strong pouring forward this season with Eden Hazard at the center of everything. They should be able to expose what is still a very flimsy Irons back line. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin looks solid.
20th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea have won three from three to start the season under Maurizio Sarri so that is a great positive from them and they will be looking for maximum points before the international break. The Blues will have their hands full at the Bridge though on Saturday as they welcome Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten with seven points from their three games and they will be remembering their big 3-0 success at the Bridge last season. Read our Chelsea v Bournemouth betting tips for more.s
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Maurizio Sarri then has wasted no time coming in and getting Chelsea into a winning mode. It is three from three from them at the start of the season. Last weekend they paid a visit to St James’ Park to face Newcastle and they dominated possession against a team that just sat back the entire match and landed a late 2-1 win (Chelsea had 81% of possession).
That is eight goals in three games from them and they are getting on the front foot wherever possible. Over 3.5 is a decent option for Chelsea v Bournemouth bettings tips at 11/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) as this could be wide open. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last four games and the Blues themselves have at least two in each fixture this term.
Eden Hazard looks to be on his game at the moment and is as short as 8/13 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues have a full squad to pick from so there isn’t likely to be changes for them from last weekend. In their one home game, this season Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in that thriller of a London derby.
The Blues got a W11 D4 L4 record last season at the Bridge but that is just the two wins in their last four (D2) that they have played there. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 3-1 has some decent appeal at a bigger 10/1 price* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues still look far from great at the back.
The Cherries have made a wonderful start to the new season with seven from nine points on the board. They showed some great character last weekend as well as they were 2-0 down at home against Everton before fighting to land the draw. That is exactly two goals that the Cherries in each of their games so far this season, so they should contribute well in this one.
They finally got summer signings Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma into action as they made their respective debuts for the club in their 3-0 midweek EFL Cup win over the MK Dons. So they could be pushing for places this weekend which will strengthen them. Bournemouth like to play positive football and with two wins in their last three trips to the Bridge, they have reason to be confident.
Bournemouth didn’t have the greatest of times on the road last season in the top flight with a W4 D6 L9 record but Chelsea was the only one of the top six sides that they did beat on the road. They have won their last two road games so that is a positive for them and they are actually now W4 D1 in their last five league games.
Just to add to the expectancy for goals, there have been over 2.5 goals in 19 of Bournemouth’s last 24 games while they themselves have scored at least two goals in each of their last four. So they are in good shape at the moment but this is their toughest game for a while. Callum Wilson, who has started very well is a 13/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
Chelsea suffered a big 3-0 loss in last season’s corresponding fixture. They did get a win out at Bournemouth through and the Blues are W4 L2 in their last six Premier League meetings with the Cherries. Four of the last five between them in the league have gone over 2.5 goals and Chelsea are just W1 L2 in their three previous Premier League home games against the Cherries, failing to score in the two defeats.
We are going with Chelsea to take the win because they are starting to find their feet and are only going to get better. This should be an open end to end affair and we are simply going to go with the one side in a high scoring game. Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals is our leading betting tip for Chelsea v Bournemouth.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Newcastle have just the one point on the board from their opening two games. They should have collected three points last weekend but had to settle for a draw at Cardiff as the squandered a last-minute penalty. Chelsea have shown plenty of attacking intent so far under Maurizio Sarri, but defensively they look rocky. Read our Newcastle v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.)
The Magpies are seeking their first win of the season having picked up just a point from their two opening games. They started the season on home soil suffering a 2-1 loss at St James’ Park against Spurs. Last weekend they were held to a 0-0 draw at Cardiff, with Kenedy missing a last-minute penalty kick to secure three away points for them.
The temptation is to back a low scoring game here but because Chelsea have been all gung-ho we are going to back the game to go over 2.5 goals at 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Newcastle’s lone goal this season came from Joselu and he is their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market.
A home loss here for Newcastle heaps tremendous pressure on them having done little over the summer to improve their squad. Last season in the Premier League Newcastle posted numbers of W8 D4 L7 and while they did average just over a goal per game, the conceded at under a goal per game. It is questionable whether they have the strengths in their squad to do much more than land a bottom half of the table finish.
Their possession rate this season on average is just 45%. They do look short of quality in the final third but we are going to go with both teams to score at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.) for Newcastle v Chelsea betting tips. The Magpies have produced 13.5 shots per game on average which pales to that of the 18.5 shots per game that the Blues have come up with this season.
Chelsea have made a positive start with back to back wins and they have come up with exactly three goals in both games. They started with an away win at Huddersfield and then had that ding-dong duel with Arsenal last weekend at Stamford Bridge, the Blues coming out with a 3-2 success. As expected there is a focus on quick attacks from the Blues under Maurizio Sarri, but their defence looked pretty dreadful last weekend.
They may not come under as much pressure from Newcastle though and we are going to look at the Chelsea 2-1 correct score option at 8/1 odds for our Newcastle v Chelsea prediction* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Chelsea’s last ten league away games. The Blues have a doubt over Cesc Fabregas but otherwise are pretty much full strength.
They eased summer signing Mateo Kovacic into action last weekend but could get a start. He, Kante and Joringel look as if they could be a fantastic midfield set up for the club. Eden Hazard has started on the bench in both league games this season as he has been eased back into action after a busy summer at the world cup. He has still come up with two assists and is likely to get a start in this one.
Alvaro Morata was on the scoresheet last weekend and he is the 9/2 joint first goalscorer favourite alongside teammate Olivier Giroud* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Chelsea posted a W10 D3 L6 record out on the road last season and they have won four of their last five on the road (L1) the loss in that sequence in their final league game of last season, yes, at Newcastle.
Newcastle and Chelsea traded home wins last season in the top flight, both scoring exactly three goals in their respective wins. Chelsea did also take a home win in the FA Cup against the Magpies last season as well. The Blues have lost just one of their last six games against Newcastle in all competitions (W4 D1 L1) but they are winless in their last five visits to St James’ Park (D1 L4). Each of the last five meetings between them in all competitions (and seven of the last eight) have all gone over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea handled themselves well at Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season and we expect them to do the same here. The Blues have enough in their attacking line up to go and collect a win for themselves. The Magpies don’t have the same kind of arsenal in them. Chelsea to win.
24th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It is a big London derby on Saturday evening as Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. The Gunners will be under pressure after losing heavily at home last weekend against Manchester City in what is a tough fixture start to the season. Chelsea bagged a fairly comfortable three points at Huddersfield last weekend and will be looking to push on from there. Read our Chelsea v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.)
The Blues collected a solid 3-0 away win over Huddersfield last weekend in their season opener and it was, by and large, easy and comfortable for them. First-half goals from N’Golo Kante and penalty from Jorginho put the Blues well on their path for three points before Pedro rounded it off late into the game. We are expecting the game to go under 2.5 goals as three of the last four meetings in the league at Stamford Bridge have done. Under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Both will be somewhat cagey against the other in this early season match up. The Blues have a clean sheet in five of their last six home games against Arsenal in all competitions. Each of Chelsea’s last three home games in the Premier League ended under 2.5 goals as well.
Chelsea do look short of a genuine goalscorer and that was something that was not addressed in the transfer market over the summer. Alvaro Morata got a full game up front against Huddersfield but didn’t manage to get on target. He is the 7/5 joint anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) for the game though alongside teammate Olivier Giroud who had an extended rest after the efforts of winning the World Cup. The Blues did not have a great season last term but they did manage to still string together a decent season on home soil, posting a W11 D4 L4 record at the Bridge. They scored an average of 1.6 goals per game there. They never looked defensively confiding at all last season but took a clean sheet in 53% of their home games conceding under a goal per game on average.
As both games between these two at Stamford Bridge last season ended goalless there may be a temptation to look at the 14/1 odds on a 0-0 correct score option, but we are going to suggest a little more value in a Chelsea 1-0 at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). The Gunners were at home last weekend in a tough opener against Manchester City and they failed their test, losing 2-0 against the reigning champions. They looked unsure of what they were doing and new boss Unai Emery said that his side didn’t play the way that he wanted them too. The Gunners mustered up just three shots on target last weekend against Manchester City.
There was a lot of trying to play the ball out from the back with very little success. Arsenal had a terrible time of things away from home last season in the Premier League posting just a W4 D4 L11 record on their travels. They have lost seven of their last eight away games. They are however undefeated in their last six games against Chelsea in all competitions and they can boast one of the top scorers in European football in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is a 5/4 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.).
Chelsea and Arsenal met five times last season across all competitions and four of those games ended in a draw. The only exception was a 2-1 home win that the Gunners took in the EFL Cup against the Blues. Both games between them at Stamford Bridge last season ended in 0-0 draws. Chelsea are undefeated in their last six home games against Arsenal in the Premier League with a strong W5 D1 record.
Chelsea collected a win last weekend and they can drive forward from that. The Blues looked a bit more sure of what was being asked of them tactically in their game than Arsenal did in theirs. The Gunners may need more time to figure out what they are doing under Emery and we are backing a home win by a one-goal margin.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Terriers battled hard to keep themselves in the Premier League last season and succeeded. It was a good effort from them in the end and they will be looking to cause an upset in this season opener for them. Chelsea have had a tough time of things over the summer and there looks as if there is a lot of work ahead for new boss Maurizio Sarri who may struggle to get what he wants out of the squad that he has. Read our Huddersfield v Chelsea predictions for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
The Terriers did fantastically well to get themselves safe at the end of last season. They picked up precious draws against both Man City and Chelsea inside their final three games of last season to help ensure survival. The Terriers collected a W6 D5 L8 record on home soil last season in the top flight and they were a bit short of goals, which was really the only thing to fault them over. They averaged 0.8 goals per home game last season and we don’t see their output improved drastically.
We are looking under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) for our Huddersfield v Chelsea betting tips. There is a stat to back that up as Huddersfield’s last ten Premier League have all ended under the goal line. Troubling for them though they have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 home games in the top flight. Overall home and away they won just one of their last ten.
Chelsea look to be in a bit of a mess at the moment and if Sarri is going to turn the club around then that is going to take some time. So time is against him and the other thing is a lack of quality at the club. They look very short of quality across the back line playing the back four that the manager wants them to do, while they are crying out for a goalscorer as well with Alvaro Morata looking so short on confidence. We are going to take a punt on both teams not to score at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
We see this being a low scoring affair as Chelsea may well struggle up front. There hasn’t been enough done in the summer through the transfer market to change things and they are unlikely to put too much faith in their youngsters. So we can see a difficult season ahead for the Blues, especially early on as they try and get going under the new system. Chelsea did take a W10 D3 L6 record on the road last season but they lost four of their last seven games away from home.
Last season’s meetings in the Premier League saw Chelsea collect four points from their two games against the Terriers. They took a 3-1 win on the road before a 1-1 draw back at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in their last four games against the Terriers but both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings.
Chelsea look a long way short of where they should be and Sarri’s tactics are going to take a while to kick in. There could be a decent chance to oppose a Chelsea win in this game and we are actually going to that by banking on the draw. The Terriers, full of new-season energy can dig their heels in against a light-weight looking Blues.
9th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Newcastle suffered a 1-0 loss against Spurs in midweek which moves them out to a four-match losing streak. They did play better in that game than they had in recent performances. After a home draw with Huddersfield in midweek, Chelsea’s top four hopes hang on them winning this and hoping Liverpool lose at home to Brighton.
Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Newcastle 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
The Magpies are on a four-match losing streak at the moment having suffered a 1-0 reverse at Spurs in midweek. Three of the four defeats in this current sequence Newcastle have lost 1-0 and all four were by a one-goal margin. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at Paddy Power is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). The alternative would be to go and look at a Chelsea 1-0 correct score option which is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.) and given that Chelsea don’t look potent up front, it’s not a bad proposition. The Magpies have produced just one goal in their last four games, but at home, their form isn’t bad. They were on a four-match winning streak and were unbeaten in seven at St James’ Park before a loss against West Brom in their last home fixture. Overall they are W7 D4 L7 for the season on home soil. They have taken two home wins against current top six sides this season having bettered both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Chelsea may have put together a good W4 D2 unbeaten streak of form but they are likely to miss out on the top four. They are really struggling in front of goal and really need a proven scorer up there. They create a lot of pressure without getting many clear-cut chances really. They made such hard work of breaking down Huddersfield in midweek in their 1-1 draw and then their goal only came through sheer luck. The Blues are on a three-match winning streak on the road and each of those were victories by a one-goal margin so there is that again. Overall away from Stamford Bridge this season Chelsea’s form reads W10 D3 L5. They have averaged 1.87 goals per game on their travels and 67% of their road games have ended over 2.5 goals. This just doesn’t have that feel about it and under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). The Blues do have the fourth best defensive record in the top flight and the third best away record of all teams. In order to pull out a shock top four finish, they would have to win this while hoping that Liverpool blows their lines and lose at home to Brighton at the same time. It’s not too likely to happen.
Chelsea have taken back to back wins over Newcastle this season, one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup. Both wins for the Blues were at Stamford Bridge and they scored exactly three goals in each. Chelsea have gone W4 D1 in their last five games against the Magpies in all competitions while both teams have scored in three of the last four. There was a 2-2 draw between them in their last meeting at St James Park.
Look for the draw in this one as Chelsea’s top four bubble really has been burst and this game isn’t going to matter either way for either of them. The Blues haven’t been terribly convincing so look for a share of the points.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
In showing a bit of character and fight, Chelsea have made the race for a top-four finish interesting. The Blues took a 1-0 win over Liverpool on the weekend and if they win this one they would pull level on points with the Reds. The Blues go into the midweek action just two points back of fourth-placed Spurs. Huddersfield got a great point against Man City at the Etihad on the weekend. They need one more to guarantee survival.
Chelsea 1/6, Draw 11/2, Huddersfield 18/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
It is four wins on the bounce for Chelsea now and they have been showing some character in that sequence, fighting back from being behind against Southampton and Burnley to get wins, then holding off Liverpool on the weekend. That equals their best run of form for the season and all they can do is win their last two games and hope that Liverpool or Spurs don’t. It’s been better from the Blues without looking anywhere near as good as they were last season. Chelsea to win to nil back at the Bridge in this one is at 8/11 odds with William Hill* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Chelsea’s home form is W11 D3 L4 for the season and they are W3 D1 L1 in their last five at the Bridge. They don’t look as if they are going to go out and put a hatful of goals on the board though, and in the William Hill correct score market a Chelsea 1-0 is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) and at this stage it is just all about the result. There’s nothing to lose for the Blues at this points, so it’s throw the kitchen sink at the Terriers time.
The Terriers bagged a point against Manchester City on the weekend, with the champions not quite being on their game. But credit due to Huddersfield for digging in there and getting what could be a precious reward in the long run. They only need a draw in this one to be safe at the end of the season and so they will probably be turning up in a bullish, defensive mood. The Terriers have drawn their last two away games in the top flight and have won just one of their last nine games on the road (D2 L6). They have only won three times on their travels this term so it’s not likely that they are going to pull off a shock win. They have failed to score in any of their nine visits to current top ten sides this season (D2 L7). Both teams not to score with William Hill at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) looks the obvious option, therefore. The Terriers have produced just the eleven away goals all season and they have done well enough at the back in that each of their last four away games have ended under the 2.5 goal line. Can they get their survival point?
Chelsea have won back to back games against Huddersfield and both with a 3-1 scoreline as well Before this season’s Premier League win over the Terriers, the Blues had won a 2008 FA Cup home game against them. Going back, Chelsea are on a seven-match winning streak against the Terriers in all competitions. The earlier Premier League meetings this season was the first league clash since the 1983/84 Old Division 2.
Chelsea can deliver the home win and keep things really interesting in the top four for the final weekend of the season. It’s just about winning for them, no matter the overall performance or scoreline. Look for a home win by the one-goal margin.
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting