This is a final chance for silverware this season as Chelsea and Manchester United meet up in the FA Cup final at Wembley on the weekend. It renews the rivalry between Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Blues manager Jose Mourinho. Can Chelsea make amends for the FA Cup final loss last season against Arsenal or will they find Manchester United, who handled themselves well against the Premier League top six this season, too tough to break down?
Manchester United 8/5, Chelsea 19/20, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018)
Chelsea’s season really bombed at the end in the Premier League. After stringing together a four match winning streak to give themselves a chance of a top-four finish, they blew it in the end with a draw against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge and a dreadful display at St James’ Park in the 3-0 defeat against Newcastle on the final day of the season. Chelsea have looked out of sorts for pretty much the entire season and haven’t been reliable at either end of the pitch. There are clearly missing out on a proven quality goalscorer and that could hinder their chances of trying to break down Manchester United’s defence. It is more than likely that Manchester United aren’t going to give up much space to the Blues and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). The Blues don’t look confident at the moment to break down well-organised opponents.
There are times this season that Chelsea have looked really sloppy at the back. That having been said though they do have three clean sheets in their last five game. But in their final five games of the season they only managed to score more than one goal in a game on one occasion. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option available is the 1-1 draw at 5 to 1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) but Manchester United one nil option is at 11 to 2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) and pretty appealing for this FA Cup final tussle. Chelsea’s FA Cup campaign started with a nervy battle against Championship side Norwich in which Chelsea needed a penalty shootout back at the Bridge to progress. Things got a little more comfortable for them in beating Newcastle and Hull easily on home soil but they needed extra time to get past Leicester in the quarter-finals. Chelsea took a 2-0 win at Wembley over Southampton in the semi finals but didn’t have things all their own way in that game.
Manchester United have taken a lot of criticism for their somewhat dull performances this season but by and large, it has been pretty successful for them. They locked in a second-place finish in the Premier League and have the chance to put shine on the season by winning the FA Cup Final. Manchester United have lost just one of their last 14 games in all competitions winning 10 of those so they are carrying some pretty strong form at the moment. They did finish the season though without their top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, but the Red Devils are hoping that he will be fit to start at Wembley. United goalkeeper David de Gea won the Golden Gloves in the Premier League this season setting a new record for clean sheets. Even though the defence in front of him isn’t the greatest, he is certainly a match-winner for them with his form. Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018).
The Red Devils have had a pretty comfortable passage through the FA Cup this season which started out with a home victory over Championship side Derby. After away wins at Yeovil and then Huddersfield it was back to Old Trafford for the Red Devils as they beat out Brighton 2-0. So they made it through to the semi finals without conceding a single goal scoring at least two goals in each of their four games. They then went to Wembley for their semi-final game against Tottenham and the Red Devils were slight underdogs for the match given that Spurs had been playing their home games there this season. Manchester United though were the ones in control and they took the sting out of Spurs and produced a 2-1 victory for themselves. So that sequence of scoring at least two goals in an FA Cup game this season continued for them.
From the two Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Manchester United this season they both took a home victory and both of those victories were by a one goal margin only. They were paired up in the FA Cup last season with Chelsea taking a narrow home win over Red Devils. Chelsea have won three of the last five meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (L2) and each of those victories they won with a clean sheet as well. From the previous fourteen FA Cup matches that these two have contested it is Manchester United who are 8-4 ahead with the two drawn matches.
Chelsea have looked a real mess at times this season and were absolutely dreadful in their game against Newcastle on the weekend. Right now Manchester United are the more balanced of the two, so with Chelsea’s attack looking a little bit toothless at the moment Manchester United can take the win with a clean sheet.
16th May 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
There was a thrilling league contest between these two last weekend which Chelsea fought back from behind to win 3-2. The Blues will favourite to go out and take a win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final tie as well. This is a nice distraction for the Saints who are struggling to maintain their Premier League status. Can they at least gain some Cup cheer?
Chelsea 2/5, Draw 7/2, Southampton 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
Chelsea go out in what is their last shot at silverware this season. Their FA Cup campaign started with a nervy passage through Championship side Norwich, the Blues winning a penalty shoot-out in the replay at Stamford Bridge. Things got easier for them after that with strong clean-sheet home wins over Newcastle and Hull. They did have a tougher scrap on their hands at the King Power against Leicester in the quarter finals, the Blues needing an extra time winner from Pedro to make it through. Having avoided Spurs and Manchester United in the semi-final draw, the Blues will be happy with this setup for Wembley. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 2-0 result is at 11/2 odds with a 2-1 success for them at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). The Blues, to be fair, have had their troubles keeping the ball out of the back of the net recently.
The Blues have won the FA Cup seven times, their last win coming in 2012. They lost last year’s final 2-1 to Arsenal. Chelsea visited Southampton last weekend in the Premier League and found themselves in a 2-0 hole before fighting back with three goals in the final twenty minutes of action to win 3-2. Chelsea had won their home game against Southampton 1-0 so a Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin bet at bet365 for 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) looks a decent proposition. This will be the ninth meeting in the FA Cup between the two sides and from those previous seven Southampton are W4 D3 L1 up over the Blues. However, Chelsea currently are on a five-match winning streak against the Saints in all options and lost just one of their last ten against them (losing two of the last 19 head to heads).
Six of the last eight meetings between Chelsea and Southampton have produced at least three goals so over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). Southampton have won the FA Cup before, claiming it in 1976 and they have lost three other finals, the most recent of which was in 2003 against Arsenal. It has been a struggle for Southampton in the Premier League and they are staring at relegation, but have a chance through the cup to finish the season on a high. They have come through some tricky tests as well, opening with a 1-0 win at Championship side Fulham, before taking out Watford at St Mary’s. Then it was a narrow win at West Brom before collecting a 2-0 success at Wigan, who had dumped Manchester City out of the competition. So three of their wins have been by a one-goal margin only. They are going to have to overcome some poor head to head form against the Blues to progress, but going as underdogs the pressure won’t be on them.
Chelsea have the extra quality and depth and should enjoy the space at Wembley a little bit more, allowing the likes of Hazard and Willian plenty of room. Chelsea are likely to have too much for the Saints, but still, with Chelsea looking shaky at the back, go for Chelsea to win & both teams to score.
19th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
One of these two Premier League heavyweights will be closing in on silverware this season with a success in this FA Cup duel. Manchester United have taken a lot of heavy criticism for their lack of performances this season but will still be a hard side to beat. Will the positive attacking momentum of Spurs be able to take down the Red Devils? The winner of the tie will face either Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup Final.
Tottenham 6/5, Man Utd 23/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could then be dropping players who didn’t perform in that shock 1-0 home loss against West Brom in the Premier League weekend. This is Jose Mourinho though and it could all be mind games. The Red Devils are yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup. They opened with a home win over Championship side Derby before easing past League Two side Yeovil. Then it was back to back 2-0 successes over fellow Premier League sides Huddersfield and then Brighton. So three of their four FA Cup games have ended in a 2-0 scoreline in their favour. The shortest-priced correct score option at bet365 for the game is a 1-1 at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:36 p.m. on April 18th, 2018). The Red Devils last got their hands on the FA Cup just back in 2016 with a 2-1 success after extra time against Crystal Palace. That leaves them just one behind Arsenal now on the all-time list of FA Cup wins with twelve.
The last time that Man Utd and Spurs were together in the FA Cup was in 2009 with manchester United taking a fourth-round home win 2-1 over the Lilywhites. There have been fifteen previous FA Cup matches between Manchester United and Spurs and things are dead even with five wins each and five draws. Both teams not to score at Bet365 for 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) has to offer some value as both teams have scored in just one of the last eight meetings. Of those, Spurs have won two of the last three meetings but the two of them traded home wins in this season’s Premier League. Three of United’s FA Cup games this season have gone under the 2.5 goal line and four of the last six meetings between Tottenham and Manchester United have produced fewer than three goals.
Tottenham have gone through two replays to get to to the semi-final. They opened comfortably enough at home with a win over AFC Wimbledon but then put in a poor display to draw 1-1 at League Two side Newport before winning the replay at Wembley. It was the same story in the next round as they draw at Rochdale before winning the reply at Wembley. They took a direct route of a 3-0 away win over Swansea in the quarter finals. So that’s at least two goals that Tottenham have scored in five of their six FA Cup ties this season. Harry Kane is 3/1 bet365 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) for the match up. Spurs are eight-time FA Cup winners, their most recent success though was back in 1991 and haven’t been back to the final since then. They will kick off as favourites to make it through this time.
Tottenham are the better of the two sides and with the familiarity that they have of playing on the Wembley turf this season that has to be something of an extra advantage for them. Manchester United aren’t likely to produce over the 90 minutes so look for the Lilywhites to win but for both teams to score.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
There is another mouth-watering Old Firm clash coming up on the weekend as Celtic and Rangers meet for the fourth time this season. This is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup semi-final which Celtic came out on top in. Celtic have gotten the better of Rangers this season again, so will the Gers be able to pull something special out of their hat at Hampden Park and push through to the final against the odds?
Celtic 7/10, Draw 13/5, Rangers 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
Another huge Old Firm derby to come in the FA Cup, just as there was at this stage last season. Celtic are already on their way to winning the league again this season and already have the League Cup in their possession. This is a tough game for them though at Hampden Park because of the added pressure of it being a derby. Rangers do have the scoring power to threaten as well. Celtic have only lost the two domestic matches all season, and all the rest they have suffered came in Europe. Celtic are carrying good current form with at W5 D2 record under their belt across all competitions. During that run of games, they collected five clean sheets as well. They are a tough side to break down on the domestic front and that can clearly be seen in their defensive record which they have recorded in the Premiership this season. A Celtic to win to nil is at 21/10 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018).
That’s not a particularly short price and that is because Rangers can get at them as shown in the recent Old Firm derby in the league. Rangers do possess an attacking threat, so there is a good chance of goals at both ends. Across their three games in the FA Cup this season, Celtic have returned eleven goals with just the two conceded (two clean sheets). The shortest-priced option that is running in the bet365 correct score market is the 1-1 draw over ninety minutes at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018).
At the current time, Rangers have scored one goal more than Celtic have managed in the Premiership, but when it has come to facing Celtic, Rangers have failed to score in two of their three games against them this season. Rangers have just slipped out of from a little with only one win in their last four played (D1 L2). They were on a fantastic six-match run of wins before that was all snapped in a 3-2 home loss to Celtic just back in March. So their momentum has gone, but they did thump Dundee 4-0 last weekend to boost their confidence again ahead of this one. So Rangers do have the goals and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018).
This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, the other three in the Premiership. Celtic won twice at Ibrox and drawing at home 0-0 against the Gers. That leaves Celtic on a twelve match undefeated streak of form against their Glasgow rivals in all competitions. Celtic have won their last two FA Cup matches against Rangers by a 2-0 scoreline. From previous FA Cup meetings, Celtic are 24-16 ahead with ten drawn matches.
Celtic have gotten the better of Rangers once again this season and that will probably the way again in this one. Rangers threw everything at them recently at Inbox and it still wasn’t enough at the end of the day. Look for Celtic to get the win, but both teams to score.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Aberdeen are just one game away from repeating their success of last season in getting to the Scottish FA Cup final. They have battled their way back to the final four and now Motherwell are the ones who stand between them. The Well have been a fantastic cup side this season so will they be able to defy the underdog label and win through? The winner of this will face either Celtic or Rangers in the final.
Aberdeen 21/20, Draw 23/10, Motherwell 13/5* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
Motherwell have shown up to be a pretty good cup side this season. Given that they didn’t make it into the top six of the Premiership at the split they have still had a strong season. They made it to the final of the League Cup this season where they were beaten by Celtic and are now on the threshold of getting to the FA Cup final as well. They are underdogs for this semi-final clash against Aberdeen but they have beaten the Dons this season. Motherwell’s FA Cup run started with a success at home against Hamilton, before taking out Dundee away from home. They pulled off a 2-1 home win over Hearts in the quarter finals so that’s exactly two goals in each of their FA Cup games this season. Their current form isn’t really there though because since winning their FA Cup quarter-final, they are just D3 L2 since then. Maybe they are saving their best for the cup? A troubling trend is that they have failed to score in three four of their last five league games and one of those was at home against Aberdeen recently.
Aberdeen then are favourites for the Hampden Park clash and even though they lost against Hearts in the league last weekend, it snapped a great six-match undefeated streak of form that they were on in all competitions (W3 D3). They made it to last season’s FA Cup final where Celtic got the better of them, so would love another crack at it this term. In their recent win over Motherwell, it took a couple of second-half goals for them to get the three points and Aberdeen are at 9/4 odds to win to nil with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018). Their first couple of FA Cup this term was comfortable for them, but they had a fight on their hands against Kilmarnock in the last round, needing a penalty shootout to get through in the end. In last seasons’ semi-final, they only edged Hibs 3-2 and it may be worth backing the Dons to get through by a one-goal margin and no more.
There have been four previous meetings between the two clubs this season and from them, things are even at two wins each. Motherwell took a 3-0 home win over the Dons in the Scottish League and then won on the road at Pittodrie in their one league meeting there this season. Aberdeen’s two wins were both away from home in the Scottish top flight. Aberdeen are 109-68 ahead in the overall head-to-head history between the two clubs. They are narrowly 6-4 up with four drawn matches from the fourteen previous FA Cup games played.
Motherwell have done fantastically well in cup ties this season and that is because they don’t really have any fear of facing stronger sides and they will put themselves about. However, the Dons are they stronger of the two sides and can call on last season’s experience in such a pressure situation. Dons to win, probably to nil.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is a great looking FA Cup tie with Chelsea heading to the King Power on Sunday. This may well end up being a really even contest as the home side will be the fresher of the two and they will be hoping to take advantage of Chelsea’s recent wobbles in form. The Blues could be in for a tough afternoon after their midweek exertions at the Nou Camp.
Chelsea 11/10, Leicester 12/5, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 04:09 a.m. on March 14th, 2018)
The Foxes should rightly be fancying their chances in this one given their home form. They are unbeaten over 90 minutes in their last nine games at the King Power in all competitions and that includes drawn matches against Man City and Man Utd. They have drawn three of their last four at home all by a 1-1 scoreline and 1-1 correct score option at bet365 for this contest is up at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:09 a.m. on March 14th, 2018). There will be no replay, this would go to extra time and penalties if needed.So far in the FA Cup Leicester have won both of their home fixtures played to nil, taking out Fleetwood in a third-round replay and then Sheffield United in the last round. It’s just one goal in four games they have conceded in the FA Cup this season. They have been struggling for wins overall since the end of January in all competitions, having gone just W2 D3 L2 in their last seven matches played. They have scored in each of their last nine games at home and will pose the Blues some threat here.
The two have already met twice in this season’s Premier League and Chelsea collected four points from the two meetings. After landing a 2-1 win at the King Power, Leicester were on top in the duel back at the Bridge but had to somehow settle for a 0-0 draw. Chelsea are unbeaten in six games against the Foxes (W4 D2) and have won their last three at the King Power in all competitions.
Chelsea will get their chances as Leicester don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last eight games. The Blues put on a good show out at the Nou Camp in midweek in their defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League. They lost 3-0 but still produce a lot of good positive attacking intent and were prepared to take the Spanish giants on. So now the FA Cup becomes even more important to them. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:09 a.m. on March 14th, 2018) which is well worth a look for the fixture. Chelsea’s form away from home is in the gutter at the moment, to say the least as they are on a five-match losing streak away on the road in all competitions and they have shipped at least two goals in four of those five games, failing to score in their last two. They have won just one of their last nine away from the Bridge now. They are going to have to step it up.
Leicester have to be a bit of value in this one to cause an upset. Not that it would be that much of an upset. Chelsea may be a bit leggy from their trip to the Nou Camp in midweek and the Foxes are capable of punching them. Home win.
16th March 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Are Southampton saving themselves for the FA Cup? That is a pretty unlikely scenario and they have just not been performing. But with the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrini will that give them a shake-up? It will be interesting to see how they will perform with the change having been made. League One side Wigan have already taken out major Premier League opposition and won’t have anything to fear in this one.
Southampton 23/20, Draw 9/4, Wigan 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018)
What a journey it has been for Wigan this season. They are in the hunt for promotion up to the Championship and they have had nothing short of an epic FA Cup run. When they started their campaign against League Two side Crawley last November, they probably wouldn’t have imagined how far they would get. They were up against Premier League side Bournemouth in the third round and beat the Cherries 3-0 back at the DW Stadium after almost winning on the south coast. Then they brushed aside West Ham 2-0 at home and then came their biggest success. A 1-0 home win over FA Cup favourites Manchester City thanks to a late strike by Will Grigg. Wigan to win to nil at William Hill has to have some appeal therefore in this one at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). They have been so strong at the DW Stadium all season and have lost just one of their last thirteen there and have won five of their last seven on home soil (D1 L1). Wigan have earned eight clean sheets in their last ten home fixtures.
It’s hard to not see the appeal in them and a Wigan 1-0 in the William Hill correct score market is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). There have only been the three games previously between these. The first was an FA Cup meeting which Southampton won 3-0 at home in 1986. Then the two were paired up in the 2012/13 Premier League with Wigan taking four points away from the two games after winning away and drawing at home.
Southampton were abysmal in a league loss against Newcastle last weekend, the players just looked as if they had thrown in the towel. It’ll be interesting to see if that was just a move to get Mauricio Pellegrino out of the door. Southampton are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and both wins in what sequence were against the struggling West Brom. The Saints have edged their way through the FA Cup this season with one-goal margin wins over Fulham, Watford and then West Brom. Their away from isn’t all that bad really recently with a W3 D3 L1 record posted, it was just the manner of that loss at Newcastle which really hurt, because the Saints were bad. They don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last five road games and under 2.5 goals at William Hill returns 6/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). The Saints will be in danger of marching into trouble at the DW.
The Latics are the ones with the appeal in the fixture because of what they have achieved on home soil in the FA Cup already this season. It’s just hard to know if Southampton just stopped playing under Pellegrino or if they are just that bad. Either way, back the home side.
15th March 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Now that the Champions League is gone for Manchester United, it’s head down in the FA Cup on the weekend for them. The Red Devils have a good chance and responding to their midweek loss against Sevilla and they will be comfortable favourites for this one. They will be catching a Brighton side who have found a good bit of form lately though.
Man Utd 3/10, Draw 4/1, Brighton 10/1* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:46 p.m.)
Manchester United limped out of the Champions League in midweek at home against Sevilla. So all they have left now for the season is the FA Cup. The strange thing with the Red Devils is that they are playing well only in patches in games, adopting a negative, ponderous approach most of the time. Still, they will expect to find themselves in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the expense of Brighton. Manchester United are pretty reliable on home soil having won five of their last six there (L1) and suffering only two losses all season at home across all competitions. They have been really tight at the back as well for the most part and Manchester United to win to nil at Ladbrokes is a decent option at even money odds* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:46 p.m.). So far in the FA Cup, the Red Devils have beaten Derby, Yeovil and Huddersfield without conceding.
They have won their last three home games against Brighton by 1-0 scoreline and that option is at 11/2 odds with Ladbrokes with only the 2-0 for them in at a shorter price at 24/5* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:46 p.m.). That was the scoreline earlier this season when United played hosts to Brighton in the Premier League and also in their last FA Cup meeting which was in 1993. Manchester United hold a W4 D2 record from their six previous FA Cup matches against Brighton. Looking back at the head to head, United have won their last four on home soil against the Seagulls without shipping a goal.
Brighton can be pretty pleased with their progress through to the FA Cup quarter-finals as well as their current league form which has them in 11th in the Premier League. The Seagulls have lost just one of their last eight games across all competitions (D5 D2) so they have been playing well. The last time that they kept a clean sheet though was back in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round at the end of January. That’s none in their following seven games. Away from the Amex Brighton’s record isn’t great with just three road wins all season in all competitions. They are W1 D3 L2 in their last six on the road and have failed to net in seven of their last ten away from the south coast. Both teams not to score in the fixture with Ladbrokes is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:46 p.m.).
Brighton aren’t likely going to have enough at Old Trafford to pull off a shock in this one. United can play well when they want to but still, it would not be a huge surprise if they go and take nothing more than a 1-0 win in this.
15th March 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
With Spurs having to cope without Harry Kane now, this FA Cup tie gets a little bit more interesting. The Swans have produced some fine home form recently and will be up for this challenge at the Liberty Stadium. After losing out in the Champions League round of sixteen, this is the last shot at silverware for the Lilywhites this term.
Tottenham 9/20, Draw 16/5, Swansea 13/2* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:32 p.m.)
Swansea will look to make the most of home advantage as they face up to Spurs in the quarter finals. They are certainly carrying the home form to do just that. Remarkably the Welsh club are on a seven-match winning streak at home which includes wins over Liverpool and Arsenal in that sequence. In the FA Cup they have taken out Championship high-fliers Wolves, put eight goals past Notts County and saw off current boss Carlos Carvalhal’s former club Sheffield Wednesday. So they have certainly taken their chances at home and should be really competitive in this one and it’s worth backing both teams to score at even money odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:32 p.m.). That has happened in three of the last four between these two at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea’s last home win over Spurs was back in the 1991 League Cup and are D2 L5 since then against the Lilywhites in South Wales. This season they did pick up a creditable draw at Wembley in the league before falling 2-0 at home against Spurs in early January. This will be the first ever FA Cup game between Swansea and Tottenham.
Spurs have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight games against Swansea but they are missing Harry Kane now for a lengthy time through injury. How will they cope? In the bet365 First Goalscorer market is Fernando Llorente who is now the 3/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken on March 14th, 2018 at 3:32 p.m.). Can he step up to the plate as he goes against his former club? Spurs are not actually in that great of winning form away from home. They are W2 D5 in their last seven on the road and they have just the one clean sheet in that sequence but have scored in each of their last thirteen away games in all competitions. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a decent option to consider for this one. Tottenham have made hard work of things in the FA Cup itself having needed replays against Rochdale and Newport at home to get through earlier rounds.
The Swans are in home form at the moment and they may be strong enough and positive enough to get a draw out of this one at 90 minutes. There will be no replay, just extra time and penalties if needed. Tottenham’s loss of Harry Kane could well galvanise the home side even more. So back the draw at the end of regulation.
15th March 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Tottenham once again failed to take down a lower tiered opponent in the FA Cup and have to go through the nuisance of a replay. But full credit to League One side Rochdale for setting up this trip to Wembley for their efforts in pulling off that thrilling 2-2 tie at the first attempt at Spotland.
Tottenham 1/8, Draw 15/2, Rochdale 33/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:32 a.m. on February 26th, 2018)
What a game that first one was between these. Rochdale took a shock 1-0 lead in the game which they carried through until almost the 60th minute when Lucas Moura equalised for Spurs. When Harry Kane converted an 88th minute penalty the dreams of Rochdale looked to be lost before Steve Davies pulled out a stoppage-time equaliser to get this back to a replay. It was one of those classic ties which makes the FA Cup so great. But now it should be full advantage to Spurs back at home and in the last round they beat out League Two side Newport in a replay at Wembley too. Spurs haven’t lost a game in any competition since a Premier League Loss against Man City back in mid-December. They are W4 D5 in their last nine though after beating Crystal Palace in the league on Sunday. Spurs have scored in all but one home game in all competitions this season and have netted at least two in four of their last five at Wembley. A Tottenham 2-0 correct score at William Hill is at 11/2 with a 3-0 for the mat 5/1*(Betting Odds taken at 00:32 a.m. on February 26th, 2018).
Rochdale are rock bottom of League One and in a hopeless position there it would seem. They are badly out of form with a four-match winless streak of form going and they are without a goal in either of their last two games too. There has been just the two wins for the Dale in their last one games across all competitions and two of those were in the FA Cup. This is going to be a massively difficult game for them to even think about winning and the Dale have lost six of their lats nine road games (W2 D1). It’s been a long journey for them in the FA Cup and this will their seventh game in his season’s competition. They are W2 D1 out on the road in this so far though, with two clean sheets there. But they haven’t obviously been anywhere near to a quality opponent such as Tottenham are. Just getting a goal on the road would be something positive to take away from this but Tottenham to win to nil at 8/15 odds *(Betting Odds taken at 00:32 a.m. on February 26th, 2018) is massively appealing.
Tottenham should be able to cruise to an easy home win in this one. They survived that tricky away game and with the space and control that they will be able to exert back on home soil, look for Tottenham to simply win to nil.
26th February 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting