Chelsea’s busy schedule looks to have really been catching up with them lately. They have played out back to back draws in the top flight going into this one and they have looked a tired side in recent cup exploits. They make a trip to the south coast on Saturday lunchtime as they face up to a Brighton side who have slipped dangerously close to the drop zone. Chelsea are 4/9 at BetVictor to get the win, with the draw at 17/5 and Brighton at 8/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 3:21 a.m.)
The Seagulls have collected only one victory in their last twelve Premier League fixtures and that lone win in that sequence happened at home against Watford just before Christmas. While they haven’t been winning, they have remained pretty solid on home soil with a three-match unbeaten sequence of form going at the Amex. Overall the Seagulls are just W3 D6 L2 for the season at home, which isn’t bad with only Liverpool and Manchester City having won there. But an overall lack of goals is hindering the progress of turning draws into wins. The Seagulls have netted twelve goals in eleven home games this season and only 36% of their home fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals so this has every chance of being a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals at BetVictor looks good value at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 7:59 p.m.). The Seagulls have failed to score in three of their home games this season. They have slipped down to just three points above the drop zone following a loss out at West Brom last weekend so there is pressure on them to deliver.
Chelsea are starting to look as if they need a break, but they had to endure an FA Cup replay in midweek against Norwich which they didn’t want. The Blues are now carrying back to back league draws into this fixture and have gone W2 D3 in their last five. They have been struggling a bit for finishing power recently in competitions lately and that is probably because of tiredness. They are in good league form with a seven-match unbeaten streak of form going, but away from Stamford Bridge, they have gone just W1 D3 L1 in their last five. So there could be a struggle for them in breaking down the Seagulls in this one. The Blues are W6 D3 L2 overall on their travels in the top flight this season and they have averaged 1.8 goals per game. They have shipped just the nine away goals so Chelsea to win to nil at BetVictor may have appeal for some punters. Chelsea have the joint-best defence alongside Manchester United this season heading into the weekend. This may well be a grind for them though with nothing working for them much up front. Chelsea have taken five clean sheets in their last six league outings.
Chelsea took a 2-0 home win over the Seagulls just back on Boxing Day and that was their seventh straight win over them in all competitions. Overall Chelsea are W7 D1 L1 from nine previous games against Brighton. They have conceded just one goal in their last seven against them.
There is a temptation to look at the draw because Chelsea had that extra game in midweek and looked tired before it. Either way, the game should go under 2.5 goals at the Amex and another frustrating 0-0 draw for Chelsea may appeal because the Seagulls are pretty strong on home soil.
17th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues have put together a very good streak of form in the top flight and they are six undefeated then now and are looking pretty stable and solid. They have some massive home from going as well with a seven-match Premier League streak going at Stamford Bridge. Leicester have slumped to back to back away defeats now in the top flight, will they have enough punch to challenge Chelsea? The Blues are 1/4 to take the win, with the draw at 9/2 and Leicester at 11/1* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.22pm)
Chelsea carries some strong home form into this fixture having won their last seven on the bounce at Stamford Bridge in the top flight. Five of those victories have been with a clean sheet as well and Chelsea to win to nil at Coral is an 11/10 option* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 5.37pm). It has been great form from the Blues and home and away overall they have remained unbeaten in their last six (W4 D2) in the top flight, and they have lost just one game since that shock defeat against Crystal Palace back on October 14th. The Blues have netted 21 goals in their eleven home games this season while they have conceded just an average of 0.6 per home game. In the Correct Score market, the shortest-priced option is a Chelsea 2-0 which shows what the bookmakers are expecting to happen in this game. Alvaro Morata is their top scorer but still looks like he could use a league goal at the moment to get his confidence back after missing so many sitters in a recent 2-2 draw at Arsenal. That hasn’t stopped him going into the game as the outright favourite in the First Goalscorer market though of course. He is the only Chelsea player to have scored more than two league goals at home for the Blues this season. One thing to take into consideration is the busy week the Blues have had as they sent out a strong side in their EFL Cup semi final first leg against Arsenal in midweek.
The Foxes have slipped to back to back defeats on their travels in the top flight and both defeats, against Watford and Liverpool, were by a 2-1 scoreline. Leicester scored the opening goal in both of those as well. It means that they have scored in each of their last seven away games but they have also not kept a clean sheet in that sequence of away fixtures either. The Foxes have scored an average of 1.6 goals per game away from home so they have been pretty reliable and they have scored the opening goal in six of their eleven games. They are generally strong starters but they keep falling away have not been able to hang on to their advantages often enough. Jamie Vardy is an injury doubt for this one but Riyad Mahrez has been in great form recently and is a 4/1 Coral anytime goalscorer for the game* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 5.48pm). In total Leicester do have only the one clean sheet this season away from the King Power and have lost at Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool on their travels which is a good indicator for this one.
The Blues won both league games against Leicester last season by a 3-0 scoreline and they rolled out a 2-1 win at the King Power earlier this season. That leaves them with a four-match winning streak against the Foxes in all competitions and they are undefeated in five against them. The Foxes have won just one of their last fourteen games against Chelsea across all competitions and have lost six of their last seven games at Stamford Bridge (D1).
The Blues would have to be backed to collect the victory on home soil in this one. They have very good form going but it is worth looking at them to win to nil to boot, especially with the injury doubt that is hanging over Jamie Vardy for the Foxes. It may not be a high scoring game considering the extra midweek game that the Blues had.
11th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
A big London derby lights up the midweek action and Arsenal are going into it with some ground to make up on Chelsea as well. The Gunners, who failed to beat West Brom on the weekend find themselves seven points adrift of the Blues. Chelsea continued in their good current form by smashing Stoke at Stamford Bridge on the weekend to move them to five games unbeaten in the top flight now. The Blues are 4/5 favourites for the game with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5.
The Gunners have had a good season at the Emirates with a W8 D1 L1 record there and Manchester United are the only visitors to have enjoyed success there. In their last home game, the Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and that has left Arsenal having conceded a total of six goals in their last three games played home and away. So they are looking a little vulnerable at the back and in their draw at West Brom on the weekend, the Gunners looked really poor and lifeless going forward. The Gunners have netted 2.5 goals per game on average this season at home in the Premier League while they have now conceded one per game on average. The Gunners have collected six clean sheets at home and as this is expected to be tight under 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 6/5. Seven of the last ten meetings between these in all competitions have gone under the goal line so there is something of a trend there. Alexis Sanchez has hit a bit of form in front of goal for Arsenal and he is a 13/8 anytime goalscorer option for this one.
The Blues have been going well lately with a W4 D1 record produced in their last five games and they have hammered Stoke 5-0 on the weekend, even by resting some of their key players like Eden Hazard. That is four clean sheets on the bounce now that the Blues have picked up in the Premier League and they are a price of 9/2 to win to nil at William Hill for this. Away from home Chelsea are W6 D2 L2 for the season and they have taken just the one win in their last four road games (D2 L1) which were against Huddersfield in mid-December. They played out a 0-0 draw at Everton just before Christmas in their most recent away game. Willian has produced well for the Blues recently, scoring in two of their last three away games and he is a great 3/1 anytime goalscorer option for this one. The Blues have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season where they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten away games with four clean sheets away from home for the season. The Blues have opened the scoring in six of their ten away games this term as well.
Three of the last six contests between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates have ended in a draw. There have already been two draws between them this season, in the Community Shield and a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge as well. Chelsea are up in the head to head in Premier League fixtures recently though with a W4 D2 L1 record against the Gunners. Arsenal are W1 D1 L1 in their last three league home games against the Blues.
Chelsea looks the value option of the two at the moment. They are just flowing well right now and rested some key players on the weekend. Arsenal were terrible against West Brom on the weekend and will get torn apart if they play like that in this one. Away win.
1st January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues have been going along steadily in their pursuit of a top four finish this season and took a comfortable home win over Brighton on Boxing Day. They get a good chance to follow that up with another win as they take on the stuttering Stoke. The Potters were left with a point only from their trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday and are still too close to the drop zone for comfort. Chelsea are 1/6 odds on favourites to pick up the win, with the draw at 6/1 and Stoke at 14/1.
The Blues have been going well then and are unbeaten in their last four league games (D3 D1). They have collected three clean sheets in a row going into this one as well and therefore Chelsea to win to nil with Paddy Power is going to be a good option for the game. Chelsea have four clean sheets in their last five home games so there’s a good trend running along there for sure and they smashed Stoke 4-0 earlier in the season too. They got Alvaro Morata back for their Boxing Day victory over Brighton and he’s so important for leading the line and he is the 5/2 Paddy Power first goalscorer favourite. Chelsea are currently riding a six match winning streak at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and will be one of the home bankers in the Premier League on the weekend. Overall their record is W7 D1 L2 at home this season and they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten home games. Only 30% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals so look under the goal line and only Man City can now boast a better defensive record in the league than the Blues.
It’s not happy times in the Black Country at the moment with Stoke struggling along to find their form. They are only W1 D3 L6 on their travels this season so far and they have lost three of their last four (D1). The Potters played out a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield on Boxing Day and that leaves them without a clean sheet in their last ten league games. They have only failed to score in two of their away games this season which isn’t bad, but they have claimed only one away clean sheet all season, which is pretty bad. 70% of their points this season have been earned on home soil and they have by far, the worst defensive record in the entire top flight. In the Paddy Power correct score market, a Chelsea 2-0 option has decent appeal. As a positive though Stoke are the current top scorers of sides in the bottom half of the table. Still, going into the weekend they have the second-worst away record this season and they are winless in five on the road now though and have conceded in each of those five games as well. This is going to be another tough afternoon for them in the league.
Chelsea triumphed 4-0 at the Bet365 Stadium earlier in the season and that is twice in the last three meetings that they have scored four goals past Stoke. Chelsea are on a three match winning streak in the top flight against Stoke, going undefeated in their last four against them. The Blues are W8 D1 in their nine previous home games in the Premier League against the Potters.
This should be routine enough for Chelsea in this one to go and collect another three points. They are just ticking over without looking anywhere near as good as they were last season, but they have the match winners to see this out. Home win and to nil.
28th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues have been ticking along well on home soil in the top flight with a five match winning streak going at the Bridge and they are going as strong favourites to win this Boxing Day affair. Brighton will probably just try and dig out a point from a defensive display in this one but they haven’t been carrying any away form to suggest that that will happen. Chelsea are 2/11 with William Hill to pick up the win, with the draw at 11/2 and Brighton at 14/1.
The Blues have put together some nice form on home soil, having won their last five on the bounce there in the top flight. Three of their last four victories on home soil have only been by a 1-0 scoreline so that has to be a good option in the correct score market for this one because Brighton will just turn up and try and hold on. Overall Chelsea are W6D1 L2 at home this season, but they have momentum going now and have three clean sheets in their last four there, with just one goal conceded in that sequence. The Blues to win to nil is a viable option as well then based on that. The Blues have only averaged 1.5 goals per game which isn’t that high of an output from them really, but they have only conceded the seven goals with a clean sheet in 56% of their games at Stamford Bridge.
The Seagulls have slumped to a three match losing streak out of the road in the top flight, failing to score in any of those defeats. So they need to pick themselves up but this is another tough road game for them having also been to Manchester United and Spurs recently. Brighton have only managed the five away goals all season but to their credit, they have only conceded at an average of 1.2 goals per away game which isn’t disastrous at all. But it is going to be debatable as to whether or not they are going to have enough going forward to trouble Chelsea. Overall this season on their travels they have collected a W2 D1 L6 record and they may struggle to get a return out of this one.
The Blues won both meetings against Brighton the last time that the two of them were together. That was a long time ago through back in the 1998/89 old Division 2. There have only been eight previous games between the two and Chelsea are W6 D1 L1 from those.
Back the Blues to pick up the win in this one and they are value to go and collect a clean sheet in the game as well. The Seagulls are out of form on the road at the moment and they will probably stay that way in another tough road fixture for them.
24th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Toffees have really recovered well now as they climbed up into the top ten in the league with a win over Swansea on Monday night. That’s been a great response for them and they will probably have their tails up for the visit of Chelsea. This becomes a bit of a tricky game then for the Blues who recently lost out at West Ham. Can they pick themselves up a good three points away from home against an in-form team? Chelsea are 8/13 odds on favourites to win this with the draw at 11/4 and Everton 9/2 underdogs.
The Toffees are probably wondering why they ever waited so long to make the managerial change that they did. Sam Allardyce has Everton going well at the moment and they have posted a W4 D1 record in their last five games which means that they could challenge in this one, particularly as three of those wins were on home soil. The Toffees are on a four match winning streak at Goodison Park in the league and they have scored at least two goals in each of those games as well. So over 2.5 goals at Betfair is going to be worth a look. The Toffees are now W6 L3 in their nine home games and they are averaging just under two goals per game now at home. Their defence has improved as well with just the two goals conceded in their last five league outings. Wayne Rooney is now flourishing and is a 5/2 anytime goalscorer option for the game. Both teams to score is a decent proposition as well for the game, because Chelsea will obviously bring their own threats. Everton have scored in each of their last 8 matches and 72% of their points this season have come on home soil.
The Blues have dropped just four points in their last ten league games, so it has largely been pretty positive stuff from the Londoners. They have had a couple of wobbles on the road though with them only going W1 D1 L1 in their last three road games. They did land a big win at Huddersfield in their last away games though and overall it has left them with a W6 D1 L2 record away from Stamford Bridge this season. Of their six away wins half of them have been by a one goal margin only. The Blues have averaged exactly two goals away from home per game and they have only conceded the seven road goals too in their nine played. They have taken three clean sheets in their last nine. Alvaro Morata is their top scorer and has the most goals for the club on the road as well, but he is suspended after his booking in midweek in Chelsea’s EFL Cup win over Bournemouth. The Blues have netted ten goals in their last four visits to Goodison Park and they go as favourites and have scored in 89% of their away matches. A Chelsea 1-0 correct score at Betfair is the shortest priced option in the market.
Chelsea have already beaten Everton twice this season, once in the league and once in the EFL Cup, with both victories coming at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have now strung together a four match winning streak over the Toffees, keeping a clean sheet in three of those. Everton have won just one of their last six games against the Blues in all competitions.
The draw may have some appeal in this one which both would probably be pretty happy with. Everton are definitely getting their act together but the Blues will want to keep their challenge inside of the top four going and there may not be enough for either to go out and win this one, so settle on the draw.
20th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Blues romped to a positive win out at Huddersfield in midweek to get over their shock loss at West Ham last weekend. They get themselves back on home soil where their form has been good lately and they are looking for their fifth straight victory there. The Saints have produced very little out on the road this season and may struggle to get themselves into this game which Chelsea are 1/3 odds on favourites at Ladbrokes for the win, with the draw at 4/1 and Southampton at 8/1
The Blues collected a good win out at Huddersfield in midweek to immediately return to winning ways after their slip up at West Ham last weekend. The Blues have won their last four league outings at Stamford Bridge and two of their last three have been with a clean sheet. Chelsea to win to nil at Ladbrokes is a price of 11/10 and that will probably be heavily backed as a good option for the fixture. Overall this season at the Bridge, Chelsea have recorded a W5 D1 L2 record and they have scored at least three goals in half of their last six matches. Because the Saints won’t be expected to really turn up and produce a great attacking threat then that should leave strong options in the correct score market. A Chelsea 2-0 correct score option is a 6/1 price while a 1-0 victory for them comes in at 6/1. Eden Hazard is a good 10/11 anytime goalscorer option for the fixture with Alvaro Morata still a doubt. Only 38% of Chelsea ‘s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals and they have kept a clean sheet in four of their last eight and they have been losing at half time in just one of their matches at Stamford Bridge.
The Saints have been poor travellers this season with only a W1 D3 L3 record having been posted on their travels so far. They have gone winless in their last five games away from St Marys now in a D2 L3 record. A huge part of their problems this season has been putting the ball in the back of the net and they have only managed the five goals on their travels this term having failed to score in two for their seven road fixtures. They haven’t been defensively too bad though this season out on their travels as they have only shipped the nine goals which isn’t terrible and they may be able to keep the score down to offer some value on under 2.5 goals turning up in the match. Only 43% of Southampton’s away games this season have gone over the goal line. Southampton have opened the scoring in just six of their sixteen league games this season and they have now conceded in each of their last eight league fixtures. Charlie Austin is their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option at 13/5 and after more struggles at home against Leicester in midweek, this is a tough road trip for them.
Chelsea have a three match winning streak going against Southampton the league and they have lost just one of their last eight against them (W5 D3 L1). That lone defeat did happen at the Bridge back in 2015. The Blues have lost only one of their last eight on home soil against Southampton so they do have the head to head form.
Chelsea looked much better in midweek against a toothless Huddersfield and things may go the same way for them against the low-scoring Saints. Chelsea have won their last four at the Bridge and while they may have to show patience, they can sneak a low scoring victory in the match, probably to nil as well.
14th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Terriers sprung a bit of a surprise on the weekend in pulling off a home win over Brighton. That was a much needed win for them as well as it snapped a poor run of four straight defeats that they were on in the top flight. The Blues were left disappointed in a London derby against West Ham on the weekend, unable to break down the Hammers in a 1-0 defeat. Can Antonio Conte’s men battle back? Chelsea are 1/3 odds on favourites at Coral to collect the win, with the draw at 19/5 and Huddersfield at 9/1.
Huddersfield breathed a huge sigh of relief after the weekend as they took a 2-0 home win over Brighton. That snapped a four match losing streak that they were on, scoring only the one goal in that run of losses. Their form at the John Smith’s then this season reads W4 D2 L2 which isn’t bad at all and they have won three of their last four there as well, one of them against Manchester United. So if they get switched on they could make this an uncomfortable evening for Chelsea. The Terriers have netted the eight home goals this season and they have also conceded the eight. So under 2.5 goals at Coral may well be worth a flutter in this fixture to crop up. Just 38% of the games at the John Smith’s Stadium this season have gone above the goal line. Huddersfield have scored 75% of their goals at home this season in the first half of matches while they have conceded 62% of their home goals in the second half of games. It may well be worth considering the half time draw at Coral for this one, especially after the quick turnaround from Saturday’s fixtures. A point out of this one for Huddersfield against the reigning champions would be a good result for them you feel.
The Blues suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at West Ham on the weekend as they once again struggled on a London derby under Antonio Conte (five of his nine Premier League defeats have been against fellow Londoners). That defeat against the Irons snapped a great streak of W6 D1 that the Blues were on in the top flight and so they need to pick themselves up quickly again from that. They looked a bit tired and raggedy it has to be said. They certainly weren’t at their best but they still bossed possession and shots. Chelsea are W5 D1 L2 on the road now and winless in their last two. Both of their away defeat, in fact, all four of their losses in the league this season have all been by a one goal margin. The Blues are averaging just under two goals per game on their travels and have conceded just six in their eight road games, collecting three clean sheets so it’s not bad. Chelsea to win to nil at Coral returns a price of even money and Alvaro Morata is up as the anytime goalscorer and the first goalscorer favourite for the match. On the two separate occasions, they have conceded a first half away goal, they have gone on to lose that match. Both teams not to score is probably the way to swing in this one as it is probably going to come up short on goals.
The last time that these two met was in a 2008 FA Cup clash which Chelsea won 3-1 at the Bridge. Each of their last three meetings have been in Cup competitions, with Chelsea winning two and losing one of those. This will be the first league meeting since they were together in the Old Division 2 back in the 1983/84 season with Chelsea winning both of those fixtures.
Chelsea didn’t have a great day at the office at West Ham, but still created plenty of chances for themselves. The Terriers were boosted by that win over the Seagulls but are still out of form in the bigger picture and the Blues may be able to muster up a piece of magic to win this by just the one goal margin. This may just be a grind after just a two day break.
11th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Hammers put up a pretty good scrap in a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend when many had expected them to be pounded. They go in search of their first win under David Moyes as they face up to Chelsea in a London derby on the weekend. The Blues have been moving along nicely in good winning form and they will be kicking off as favourites to get another three points under their belt in this one. Chelsea are 9/20 to take the win, with the draw at 10/3 and West Ham at 6/1.
The Hammers have yet to get a win on the board under David Moyes but they put up a pretty commendable fight at Manchester City last weekend before falling 2-1 after Angelo Ogbonna had put the visitors ahead. So far at home this season the Irons have gone W2 D1 L3 this season but they have failed to win any of their last three, picking up just the one point in that sequence. They haven’t been particularly potent in front of goal this season and of concern is that they have conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven league games. Over 2.5 goals at BetVictor returns a price of 4/5. Two of their three home losses this season in the league have been by a three goal margin. They haven’t been leading at half time in any of their six home fixtures this season in the top flight and there is a price of 5/4 on a half time drawing turning up in this one. Will they be able to get themselves that elusive win and snap their eight match winless streak in the top flight? The two wins that they have produced on home soil this season were both with a clean sheet over Huddersfield and Swansea. Given the way that they played last weekend it may be worth considering both teams to score with BetVictor at 19/20 for the game though because Chelsea have power in attack.
In the BetVictor correct score market a Chelsea 2-1, which was the result in both of last season’s league meetings is a decent 7/1 option while a 1-0 victory for the visiting Blues is the shortest priced option at 13/2. The Blues have been picking up nice momentum with only two points dropped in their last seven league games played now. They perhaps haven’t been as prolific in front of goal as they would have liked (they are the lowest scorers of the current top five in the league heading into the weekend) but they have four clean sheets in their last six league games, conceding just the two goals in hat sequence. Chelsea to win to nil at BetVictor collects a price of 11/8 as they look to take advantage of the top two, Manchester United and Man City, playing each other this weekend. Chelsea’s away form this season reads W5 D1 L1 with the only loss being suffered out on the road at Crystal Palace. The Blues have conceded just the one goal in their last there road games. Alvaro Morata is the 5/6 outright anytime goalscorer favourite for the match.
Chelsea are bossing the Premier League head to head form against West Ham having gone W7 D1 L1 in their last nine top flight games against the Irons. Both teams have scored in each of the last three home games that West Ham have played against Chelsea. The Blues have won their last three league visits to West Ham.
Chelsea should be able to produce a decent enough performance to go and claim a win in this one. They may have to dig in because the Hammers really battled well against Man City so won’t give the Blues an easy game. But Chelsea have enough quality players in form to sneak a win, but maybe only by a one goal margin.
7th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea were able to extend their unbeaten streak of form in the top flight with a 1-0 home win over the struggling Swansea in midweek. They dominated the game but could only make the one break through. They stay at home on the weekend as they welcome Newcastle who left it late to grind out a draw at West Brom in midweek. At least that snapped a four match losing streak that they were on. Chelsea are 1/4 odds on favourites to claim the win, with the draw at 5/1 and Newcastle out at 16/1.
The Blues dominated Swansea on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, but it was one of those frustrating fixtures where they could only rustle up the one goal. That won’t bother them, but their last two home games now in the league have both been settled by a 1-0 scoreline. A Chelsea 1-0 correct score at Ladbrokes for this one is a quote of 13/2, with a 2-0 win for the home side shorter at 5/1. Chelsea’s form this season at the Bridge has been improving. After winning just one of their opening four home games, they have won three on the bounce now and they seem to be getting back to their old selves. They have collected a clean sheet in four of their last five league games home and away and in total have amassed seven clean sheets this season. Chelsea to win to nil at Ladbrokes could have some obvious appeal for punters, although it is an odds-on price. Alvaro Morata is the 13/5 first goalscorer favourite for the match, but Eden Hazard looks threatening every time he gets the ball this term and he will make a decent anytime goalscorer option. Chelsea have actually been drawing at half time in five of their seven league home games this season and are only averaging 1.4 goals per home game, which isn’t particularly potent by them. 70% of Chelsea’s home goals this season have been produced after half time.
The Magpies fought back from 2-0 down against West Brom in midweek to collect a point. That snapped a four match losing streak that they were on in the league. It still leaves them with only the one win in their last nine league fixtures and they are just struggling at the moment. Their defence has been exposed quite badly recently and they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three league games. Away from home, they have failed to win any of their last five games (D2L3). Three of their four away losses this term have been by a 1-0 scoreline. In total, the Magpies have netted just the six away goals all season, but they have conceded at a rate of 1.6 on their travels. The fact that they have shipped 73% of their away goals in the second half of matches suggests that they are prone to running out of steam. No Newcastle player has managed more than one away goal this season. A half time draw at 5/4 with Ladbrokes may be worth a poke as the Magpies have been drawing at half time in four of their seven road games this season.
Chelsea are on a four match winning streak at home against Newcastle three of those were with a clean sheet in tow as well. Two of those four wins were by a 2-0 scoreline for the Blues. Overall home and away in their last six against the Magpies in the league, Chelsea are W3 D1 L2 with their only misfired coming at St James Park. Four of the last five meetings between them have seen at least three goals.
Chelsea can be backed to get the win on the board on the back of their current form and they are ticking over well. With Newcastle struggling to get things going at the moment the Blues are worth backing to win to nil at the Bridge. It may not be another big score from the home side, but they can collect the points.
30th November 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting