FA Cup final Betting Preview

The FA Cup is an all-London affair this Saturday, as Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the competition’s final at Wembley Stadium. With the Premier League season complete, and a gap until Champions League fixtures resume, all eyes are focussed on this showdown for silverware!

Join us as we dive into the recent form of the teams and provide you with some exciting FA Cup final betting options ahead of the last big game in English domestic football.

Arsenal

A 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend signalled the end of a difficult season for the Gunners which was overseen by no less than three managers and resulted in a disappointing finish in eighth place. Current manager Mikel Arteta was appointed on 20 December after a series of unsatisfactory results that had led to the dismissal of Unai Emery and club-legend Freddie Ljungberg. Since the arrival of Arteta, the north London club has undergone a cultural and mental shift which has prompted better results against the big hitters in the league and a run to the FA Cup final.

Having beaten the previous FA Cup winners Manchester City in the semi-finals, as well as the champions of England in the same week, Arsenal have begun looking like a cohesive unit having been branded shaky and lacking unity earlier in the season.

Their last result against Chelsea in the Premier League is an indicator towards the renewed sense of optimism around the Emirates Stadium. After going a man down, the Gunners found it within themselves to level the score twice, ending the match with a point both proved and attained as the game finished 2-2.

With regards to injuries, the Arsenal backline looks to have been weakened further as things have gone from bad to worse. Shkodran Mustafi joins both Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the side-lines after a “really nasty injury” left the German ruled out for the final fixture of the season.

Arsenal fans will go into the fixture hopeful that their strike force – consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Golden Boot runner-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – can fire them to a historic result this Saturday.

Chelsea

Initially viewed as a season of restructuring and blooding young players into the English game, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have subverted all expectations, finishing only one place lower than last season and qualifying for the Champions League in the process.

Things were never going to be easy for the Blues after their transfer ban was upheld last summer. Following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, club-legend Frank Lampard was tasked with galvanising veteran and rookie Chelsea players into a feasible Premier League squad.

Quickly establishing himself as a more than capable hand, Lampard has seen his side through a thrilling FA Cup run, beating the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool on their way to Wembley. Winning eight out of their last 11 games since the restart, Chelsea now take on London-rivals Arsenal on 1 August for their third final against the Gunners in just four years.

Despite a topsy-turvy season, Arsenal will present a threat. The Gunners have a storied history in the FA Cup, having won the competition more times than any other club (13). Chelsea fans will hope that Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, together with the raw talent of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, can make the difference, as doubts around the availability of Willian, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic persist.

ARSENAL VS CHELSEA: FA CUP FINAL BETTING ODDS

The 10-point gap between the teams in the Premier League table has led Chelsea to emerge as favourites, at 13/11 (2.18) to win the game within 90 minutes, while Arsenal are calculated at 47/20 (3.35) to claim their 14th FA Cup.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Arsenal top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 5/4 (2.25), to score anytime for the Gunners during the final while the odds of Olivier Giroud scoring against his previous club are measured at 7/4 (2.75).

Both sides have found the back of the net in five out of their last six encounters, including a UEFA Europa League final, so why not bet on both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70)?

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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 38

The Premier League draws to a close this weekend with English teams taking to the field for the final time in the nation’s top flight. Although Liverpool will go down as the deserved champions of the 19/20 season, history remains to be written elsewhere, with teams battling it out for survival and European qualification.

Join us as we take a look into the final round of fixtures in the English Premier League and preview some exciting options for EPL Betting in week 38.

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Leicester City

This Sunday, Leicester City play Manchester United in a winner-takes-all final-day showdown. With both teams aware that only the full three points will guarantee a place amongst Europe’s elite next season – and the accompanying financial rewards – the clash promises to be a vital and epic finale to the turbulent 19/20 EPL season.

The Foxes head into the game in fifth place, just a single point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United. Brendan Rodgers will be on the back foot this weekend, unable to play his strongest lineup as James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira are all currently sidelined due to injury, while defender Caglar Soyuncu serves a suspension.

Leicester fans will place their hopes of Champions League football on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy, who stands on a current tally of 23 goals and is in prime position to claim his first Golden Boot. The striker is at 23/20 (2.15), to score anytime against the Red Devils.

Manchester United

Manchester United’s resurgence has slowed after two league draws against Southampton and West Ham. Their failure to fully capitalise on the results of teams around them has left them vulnerable and in the middle of a three-way fight for a spot in the top-four. Although currently third in the table, the Red Devils find themselves level on points with Chelsea and only a single point away from their opponents Leicester City in fifth place. 

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are to succeed, hopes will hinge on Bruno Fernandes to once again turn the cogs of the Manchester United machine and secure the win and a place in the Champions League.

Having won 1-0 in their previous fixture at home to the Foxes earlier this season courtesy of a converted Rashford penalty, Manchester United have the opportunity to do the league-double over a wounded Leicester City side. 

LEICESTER CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Edging it as favourites, Manchester United are fancied at 5/4 (2.25) to win, with Leicester City sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


Chelsea

Having suffered a demoralising 5-3 defeat to champions Liverpool on Wednesday, Chelsea ensured their fight for a top-four finish goes down to the wire.

Although a single point will be enough for the Blues to qualify for European football’s premier competition, Frank Lampard will ask his players to relish the pressure, secure a win, and make a statement on the pitch before their upcoming FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Chelsea have won eight out of their last 11 Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers and should be able to deploy enough firepower to swing the result their way. All subject, of course, to their shaky defence being able to withstand the pace and power of the Wolves attack. 

Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud is at 3/2 (2.50), to continue his immense form and bang in a goal this Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

If not for a few poor showings on the road, Wolverhampton Wanderers could have already successfully booked their ticket into the Europa League for next season. With just a point separating them from seventh-place Tottenham, a win against Chelsea this Sunday will see their fantastic season end with a top-six finish.  

If their previous encounter against the Blues, which ended in a 5-2 defeat at the Molineux Stadium, is anything to go by, this weekend’s matchup is set to be a cracking affair between two teams desperate for the three points.

CHELSEA VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Chelsea are favourites at 6/7 (1.86) to win, and secure a top-four spot, while Wolves are measured at 13/4 (4.25), to go on and ruin the day of many Londoners.


Arsenal

Arsenal fans will be relieved to see the end of the Premier League season after their final fixture against Watford this Sunday. Although they have virtually nothing to play for – European qualification via the league having slipped beyond their grasp – the Arsenal manager has already expressed his desire to end the season strongly, mindful that a positive result could help confidence ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 1 August.

Knowing the catastrophic implications of an injury to a star man, Arteta may look to rest one or two of his key players. As their starting XI for the FA Cup final will remain undecided until the day, Arsenal’s young guns will stand ready to showcase their talent in this fixture and petition the manager for an opportunity to feature in the final.

Arsenal’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 5/7 (1.71), to add another goal to his tally and a great option for EPL betting in week 38.

Watford

Things went from bad to worse for Watford after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last Tuesday was exacerbated by Trezeguet’s volley, gifting relegation rivals Aston Villa a win. As things stand, the Hornets go into their final game of the season equal on 34 points with Villa but in the relegation zone due to their inferior goal difference.

In their previous fixture against the Gunners they were able to turn a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 draw; caretaker manager Hayden Mullins knows that his team must go one better this time out to lessen the threat of relegation.

With their fate not entirely in their own hands, Hornet fans will be keeping one eye fixed on Aston Villa, where a loss by a margin of over two goals may keep Watford in the Premier League regardless of a low-scoring loss against Arsenal.

ARSENAL VS WATFORD: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Home-side advantage plays into the hands of Arsenal as they find themselves at 14/5 (1.93) to win, while Watford are at 27/10 (3.70), to take the full three points.


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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 35

The intense rivalry to claim bragging rights in north London is the highlight of the Premier League this weekend, while the fight for spots amongst Europe’s elite continues to bubble up. Join us as we dive into the Premier League and offer up some interesting options for EPL betting in week 35.

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Tottenham

A 0-0 bore draw against Bournemouth on Thursday would certainly not have been the kind of preparation Tottenham fans would consider ideal with a north London derby looming. Having won just two of their last 10 fixtures, Mourinho must push his team to step up and pick up the pace for one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures of the season.

Eric Dier will not feature due to a recently imposed four-game ban, so Spurs may have to set up differently for their first north London derby at their new stadium. With their team currently sat in the middle of the table, Spurs fans know that a win against Arsenal could push them into the centre of the battle for Europa League qualification, with three points possibly hoisting them up into sixth place.

Arsenal

A red card for Nketiah’s late challenge on James Justin last Tuesday saw Arsenal go down to 10 men and ultimately concede against Leicester City, in what became their 14th draw of the season. Now on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners travel the short distance across the capital to take on their fiercest rivals in a north London derby that should be highly competitive, despite the lack of fan attendance.

With the usual pre-match mind games between Mourinho and the Gunners already catching the attention of the public, Arsenal fans know their team must push aside their dreadful record against the Portuguese manager and capitalise on a shaky Tottenham team. Having scored for Arsenal in the previous 2-2 encounter with Spurs, why not consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire in another goal this Sunday at 13/12 (2.08) as an option for EPL betting in week 35?

TOTTENHAM VS ARSENAL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

In what looks to be one of the closest games this weekend, Tottenham come out slightly ahead at 8/5 (2.60) to win, with Arsenal’s chances measured at 17/10 (2.70).


Sheffield United

Having put together a three-match unbeaten run, Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this Saturday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides. With John Egan’s late strike against Wolves last Wednesday moving Sheffield United to within a single point of sixth place, three points this weekend could spell a possible Europa League finish for the side that were battling it out in the championship last season.  

Although Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, Chris Wilder will take confidence from his side’s previous encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea

Chelsea look to defend their newly acquired third place, as the Blues sit one point above Leicester City in the Premier League table. Boasting five wins out of six since the restart, the London team go into their Saturday fixture having bagged eight goals in their last three games.

Although history and form are on their side, Chelsea have a few injuries to worry about, most notably Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. Securing three points away to Sheffield United with a weakened midfield could prove trickier for the Blues than initially anticipated.

SHEFFIELD UNITED VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Chelsea come out on top as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with Sheffield United at 26/5 (6.20), to cause an upset.


Manchester United

Having entered the record books by winning their fourth consecutive game by a three-goal margin against Aston Villa last Thursday, Manchester United look like they’re back to their best ahead of a home fixture to Southampton.

Unbeaten since the restart of the league and currently on a five-game winning streak, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand his team continue their pursuit of Champions League football, and reestablish themselves amongst the higher echelons of European football. Regardless of Manchester United’s current standing in the game, Mason Greenwood is one of the young starlets of the sport across the continent right now; why not back the 18-year old to score for the Red Devils at 7/6 (2.17)?

Southampton

Three wins, a loss and a draw since the restart of the league has left Southampton in 12th place, battling it out amongst the mid-table teams. With a comfortable 16-point gap from the relegation zone, the Saints have picked up at points an outstanding rate for a team with seemingly nothing left to play for.

Southampton fans will look to their top scorer, Danny Ings, to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally. The Saints should take the battle to the Red Devils at Old Trafford as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team have already shown they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United having secured a home 1-1 draw earlier this season.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

On account of their recent form and home advantage, Manchester United march into the fixture as favourites at 2/7 (1.28) to win, with the chances of the travelling side, Southampton calculated at 9/1 (10.00).


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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 34

The fight to secure European places continues unabated as English teams fighting for qualification to UEFA competitions come head-to-head in the latest fixtures. Join us as we lift the lid on the Premier League and offer some interesting options for EPL betting in Week 34.

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Arsenal

After struggling with defeats in their first two games back after lockdown, the Gunners have seen a timely return to form as they take on Leicester City off the back of four successive wins. Now just six-points adrift from fifth place and a qualification spot into the Champions League – Manchester City decision pending, Arsenal find themselves back in contention for elite European football next season.

Although the Gunners lost the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this season, Arteta’s Arsenal are yet to taste Premier League defeat at the Emirates this year. Revamped and infused with confidence, Arsenal fans will look to their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to once again lead the firing-line and add to his 19-goal tally. 

Leicester City

Having finally picked up their first win since the break with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Leicester City have momentarily halted the advances of their close rivals in the table. Sitting in third place with both Chelsea and Manchester United hot on their tail, the Foxes need to secure their first three points away from home since New Year’s Day if they wish to play amongst Europe’s best next season.

With Brendan Rodgers casting “big doubts” over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison, the Foxes enter the Emirates as a wounded yet dangerous animal. Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy needs only a whiff of a chance to capitalise; all eyes will be fixed on the Englishman as he hunts down his 22nd goal of this season.

ARSENAL VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

The Gunners are favoured to come out on top, with Arsenal at 13/10 (2.30) to win, while the chances of Leicester City are measured at 21/10 (3.10). Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is at 11/10 (2.10) to add to his tally, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 19/20 (1.95) to score get one goal closer to the Golden Boot.


Crystal Palace

Conceding eight goals without scoring any in the last three fixtures has left Crystal Palace looking ragged and ripe for the picking. With a tricky home London derby against Chelsea on the cards this Tuesday, Roy Hodgson must look to freshen things up and reshuffle his team.

The Eagles may take positives knowing that the pressure is on for Chelsea to not slip-up as they continue their close battle for Champions League football. While not expected, the prospect of Palace shocking the Blues and taking advantage of their leaky defence is not out of the realms of possibility.

Chelsea

Back to winning ways after delivering a 3-0 thrashing at home to Watford last Saturday, the Blues travel across London to Selhurst Park to take on their neighbours Crystal Palace this Tuesday.

Lampard’s team have been mostly exceptional since the restart, beating the likes of Manchester City, Leicester City and Watford, however, a 3-2 loss to West Ham has exposed a chink in their armour. Knowing full well that the loss of three points will leave them vulnerable to Manchester United, Chelsea fans will demand their team once again come out on top this midweek.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Unsurprisingly Chelsea head into the fixture as favourites at 4/9 (1.45) to win, with the likelihood of Crystal Palace turning their fortunes around calculated at 38/5 (8.60).


Sheffield United

Looking more like their old selves of late, Sheffield United have secured four points in their last two fixtures, beating Tottenham and scoring four goals after enduring somewhat of a drought.

The Blades welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers this Wednesday evening and know that a win could put them within one point of sixth place, leaving them in a strong position to secure European football in their first season back in the top flight.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

A deserved 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal last Saturday shook the teams around Wolves back into life, with Wolves sixth-place position coming under increasing threat. With their eight-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League coming to an end, Nunu’s team look to once again raise their game as they travel to Bramall Lane this Wednesday.

With Wolves having lost only once in their last eight encounters against Sheffield United, Wanderers fans will place the responsibility of securing three points on the likes of their top scorer, Raul Jimenez, as well as their breakout star Adama Traore. Should they put the Blades to the sword with a midweek win, Wolves could propel themselves above the Red Devils and into a Champions League spot.

SHEFFIELD UNITED VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Home-side Sheffield United come out as underdogs at 61/20 (4.05) to win, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are at 23/20 (2.15), to take the full three points.

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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 32

Following a weekend that saw the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City progress into the FA Cup semi-finals, the Premier League returns to screens around the globe with a host of midweek fixtures and plenty of interesting EPL betting in Week 32.

Chelsea hammered the final nail in the coffin that was Manchester City’s title aspirations last Thursday, allowing Liverpool to deservedly claimed their 19th league title; securing their first-place position with an outstanding 86 points in only 31 games.

Although it will be Liverpool’s name engraved on the trophy, parts of the 2019/20 Premier League story still need to be written.

Join us this week as we dive into the EPL and witness champions clashing at the Etihad, alongside intense battles throughout the table for European places.

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Manchester City

A 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea last week saw Manchester City part ways with their Premier League crown, putting Liverpool well and truly beyond their grasp. In a cruel twist of fate, the ex-champions will now be the first to welcome the new champs and form a guard of honour for Klopp’s men, as the two sides face one another this Thursday at the Etihad.

Although City’s attention may be on securing silverware in other competitions, Pep Guardiola will demand his team continue their five-year unbeaten run against Liverpool at home in the league, and set down a marker for next season against the newly crowned champions.

Liverpool

Having secured their first title in 30 years, Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium this Thursday, eager to claim their first win as champions against Manchester City. Although this fixture is no longer a title decider, the intense rivalry between these sides should ensure that the match is anything but a formality.

With key first-team players Aguero and Fernandinho both unavailable for selection for Manchester City, Liverpool will look to exploit an under-strength side. Victory against the team who pipped them to the title last year would push the Reds another step closer to breaking records for wins and points in the league. Klopp’s men must look to emulate their performance from their previous encounter, where they took the full three points via a 3-1 victory at Anfield.

MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the two best sides in the country are set to lock horns, Manchester City come out on top at 35/33 (2.06) to win, with the champions, Liverpool looking at odds of 47/20 (3.35).


West Ham United

West Ham United continue their fight to secure a place in the Premier League next season, as they welcome Chelsea in a London derby this Thursday. David Moyes’s team toes the right-side of the relegation line by virtue of goal difference; Hammers fans know that their team is in dire need of points having lost both games since the restart.

Few West Ham United fans will expect a repeat of the reverse fixture which saw Aaron Cresswell secure the win for his team with the only goal of the day. With David Moyes’s side plagued by injuries, the Hammers go into the fixture knowing that they will need to beat Chelsea the hard way – without the likes of club record-singing Sebastian Haller and defender Arthur Masuaku.

Chelsea

Chelsea, on the other hand, find themselves fighting it out at the other end of the table in fourth spot, looking to secure a valuable place in the Champions League for next season.

With three wins out of three since the restart – beating the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City and Leicester City, Frank Lampard’s team go into the London derby fully expecting all three points. Recent good news emanating from Stamford Bridge also suggests that Christian Pulisic may be up for selection this week against the Hammers after limping off in his last appearance. 

WEST HAM UNITED VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Unsurprisingly Chelsea come out as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with the chances of West Ham United causing an upset calculated at 9/2 (5.50).


Everton

Everton’s restart to the league has seen the Toffees face opponents from opposite ends of the table, drawing to the newly crowned champions and beating last-place Norwich City on the road.

Although still not where they want to be (currently in 12th place), a home win this Wednesday against Leicester City could propel Ancelotti’s side up the league, to just one point behind Tottenham in 7th. With their stand-out youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin available and enjoying the best season of his career with a total of 13 Premier League goals, Everton should head into their fixture against the Foxes oozing confidence.

Leicester City

Still searching for their first Premier League victory since the restart, the Foxes travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton. Going into the match, all eyes will be fixed on Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to spark a repeat of the 2-1 win earlier this season in the reverse fixture. Leading the charts as the current Premier League top goalscorer with 19 goals, the Englishman is at 13/10 (2.30) to add to his tally this Wednesday night and presents an interesting option for EPL betting in Week 32.

With Chelsea cutting the gap to third place to just a point, and Manchester United hot on their heels, Brendan Rodgers will prepare his team for a tough contest, in which they must come out on top. Foxes fans know that a win has the potential to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, and possibly secure a Champions League qualification spot for next season.

EVERTON VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

On account of their recent form and home advantage, Everton are favourited at 14/9 (2.55) to win, with Leicester City’s chances measured at 19/10 (2.90).

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Betting Preview

On Sunday, the biggest game of the Premier League weekend takes place, as Chelsea welcome league leaders Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s side will be aiming to stop Liverpool’s winning streak that stretches to 14 games.

Both sides enter the fixture off the back of midweek Champions League defeats. For Liverpool, another loss followed their latest trip to Naples, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side again proving the European kryptonite to the Supermen of the Premier League. Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered defeat at the hands of crisis club Valencia, who, despite taking the unpopular decision of sacking manager Marcelino, were able to put their European experience to good use and defeat Chelsea on their own turf.

Chelsea

Much has been made of Chelsea’s reliance on youth under Frank Lampard and while the starting XI employed by the former midfielder has been incredibly young by Chelsea’s standards, it’s not groundbreakingly low for the league in general – and it is Southampton who have actually fielded the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season. However, as mentioned, it is a massive departure for a club that has so often relied on established superstars.

So far, Chelsea have undeniably relied upon their young players. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have scored all of Chelsea’s Premier League goals thus far this season. New signing Christian Pulisic has just a single assist to his name while Willian and Pedro are yet to register any meaningful statistics. Chelsea’s youngsters have come up short so far in the big games they’ve faced, losing to both Manchester United and Valencia, and in the European Champions, face undoubtedly their biggest test to date.

Liverpool

Liverpool are the form team of the Premier League; unbeaten for 22 games and having won 14 consecutive games scoring two or more goals, they’ve been imperious. Following Manchester City’s surprise loss to Norwich, they’re also 5 points clear at the top of the table after just 5 games. Jurgen Klopp’s men will not be able to rest on their laurels though, having been 7 points clear of Manchester City back in December ’18 and we all know how that finished.

Defeat to Napoli could, therefore, be considered a good thing for The Reds in the grand scheme of things to come; Liverpool should be under no illusions that they are unbeatable. Losing away to Napoli in Europe is a far from unexpected result, even for the European Champions, and should prevent no obstacle to qualification from the group stage. Liverpool, you would imagine, will be keen to put things right against Chelsea and maintain their gap over Manchester City who face a mounting injury crisis in defence.

CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Despite being the homes side, Chelsea are not favoured to win and priced at 27/10 (3.70). A draw is also at 27/10 (3.70) while Liverpool are favourites to win at 24/25 (1.96).

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Premier League Betting Tips

Head-to-head in the Premier League, things couldn’t be tighter between the two sides. They’ve played 54 times, with each team winning 20 games (both with 14 home and 6 away wins) and 14 draws. Last season’s corresponding fixture was a 1-1 draw, while Chelsea triumphed 1-0 the season before. But this is a very different Liverpool side to those Chelsea have faced in the past. They’ve got major silverware in the cabinet and are steamrolling their way through the league. We’d back Liverpool to continue their 14-game winning streak, scoring 2 goals or more, and bet on Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 14/9 (2.55).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



Chelsea vs Arsenal: Europa League Final Betting Preview

On Wednesday, Chelsea and Arsenal will face-off in the first all-English European final of the week, as they contest the UEFA Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

With no direct flights, a minimum journey time of seven hours and a minuscule ticket allocation of just 6,000 for each side, it’s safe to say that Baku isn’t the most fan-friendly location for a tournament final. Which is a shame, given the importance of the fixture for both sides. Chelsea have the chance to repeat their success in 2012-13 and cement their place as best of the rest (behind Manchester City and Liverpool) in England, while Arsenal have the chance to secure a Champions League spot for next season and make manager Unai Emery the outright record-holder for the competition in both its iterations (UEFA Cup and UEL).  

Chelsea

Chelsea drew both legs of their semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, eventually triumphing on penalties, courtesy of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty saves from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia. They enter the final unbeaten in the competition and on a record run of 18 fixtures without loss that stretches across seasons. They also boast the tournament’s top scorer in French striker Olivier Giroud, who has 10 goals in the competition.

In all competitions, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight matches, including a recent friendly match against MLS side New England Revolution – with breakout midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffering a long-term injury in the game. The Blues have kept clean sheets in three of their last four outings but have only scored more than one goal on two occasions in their last six matches. They’ll also be without Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi; N’Golo Kante is currently a doubt, having suffered an injury in training on Saturday.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s progress through the semi-finals was emphatic; a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette goal securing a 4-2 away win in the second leg at Valencia and sealing an overall victory on aggregate of 7-3. Having endured a poor end to the season in domestic competition (four losses from seven fixtures) Arsenal missed out on a Champions League spot and finished 5th in the Premier League. With a Champions League spot on the line, success in the final would represent a double-win for the North London side.

In manager Unai Emery, the Gunners boast the most successful manager in the tournament’s history since it’s rebranding as the Europa League. Another win for the former Sevilla manager – who triumphed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – would separate him as the most successful manager outright, across both UEFA Cup and UEL, placing him one win ahead of legendary Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

CHELSEA VS ARSENAL: EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL BETTING ODDS

This match isn’t as close to call as you might expect, with Chelsea favourites to improve upon their Carabao Cup final performance and win the match at odds of 27/20 (2.35). Despite their resounding victory in the semi-final and having Emery at the helm, Arsenal are 41/20 (3.05) to triumph.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Europa League Final Betting Tips

It might seem a little surprising that Arsenal aren’t entering this fixture as favourites given their destruction of Valencia in the semi-finals, the man they have in charge of the team and the extra prize on offer to them. But Chelsea’s record in the competition over recent seasons cannot be ignored. The Blues have the longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition and finished the season in better form than Arsenal.

While the outcome of this game is not guaranteed, goals almost certainly are. In 20 of 27 fixtures played by Arsenal away from the Emirates, at least three goals have been scored. For Chelsea, seven of their last 10 Europa League games have featured at least 3 goals. So, we’d back the Europa League master Emery to cause an upset and get Arsenal across the line in a high scoring game; bet on Arsenal to win and 2.5 goals at 17/5 (4.40).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Europa League Betting Preview

On Thursday night, the finalists for the UEFA Europa League 2019 will be decided as Valencia face Arsenal, and Chelsea take on Frankfurt.

 

The prospect of an all-English final remains a realistic possibility as both Premier League sides head into their respective semi-final second leg fixtures with something to hold onto. Arsenal go to Mestalla with a 3-1 lead thanks to a brace of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and a late strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Chelsea, meanwhile, head into the home leg at Stamford Bridge with an away goal in the bag thanks to a Pedro strike that secured a 1-1 draw in Frankfurt.

Valencia vs Arsenal

To have any hope of overturning a two-goal deficit from the first leg, Valencia will need to prolong their excellent run of success in home fixtures – that stands at 11 games unbeaten – in the UEFA Europa League. Having dropped into the competition from the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish side have been in outstanding form and were unbeaten in six matches until they met Arsenal.

Since qualifying for the semi-final, Arsenal have been on an appalling run of form, with only one win (against Valencia) in five games. Arsenal made their only previous UEFA Europa League semi-final appearance last season when they suffered defeat against Atlético. In manager Unai Emery, Arsenal have a coach who has been there and done it before, having led Sevilla to three successive tournament victories between 2013/14 to 2015/16.

Chelsea vs Frankfurt

Having now guaranteed Champions League football for next season, Chelsea enter this fixture in good spirits. They’re the only unbeaten team in the semi-finals of the Europa League – having won 11 of their 13 matches, drawing the other two – and are on a record unbeaten run that stretches to 16 fixtures. They also boast the tournament’s top scorer in French striker Olivier Giroud, who has 10 goals in the competition.

Eintracht Frankfurt have had an equally impressive campaign, losing just once in 13 matches. They topped Group H (comprising Lazio, Apollon Limassol and Marseille) with maximum points, and then eliminated three teams who had dropped down from the Champions League (Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale and Benfica). Striker Luka Jovic has cemented a place as one of European football’s brightest prospects with a breakout season, registering 9 goals as the second top scorer in the Europa League.

EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL BETTING ODDS AT ENERGYBET

Valencia are favourites for a home victory at 9/10 (1.90) with Arsenal 14/5 (3.80) to achieve a win on the road. Given their record in the competition it shouldn’t be a surprise that Chelsea are strongest favourites for a match win with odds of  3/8 (1.37), opponents Frankfurt are 69/10 (7.90) to make the final.

Europa League semi-final betting tips

While Valencia are favourites to win the tie, Arsenal are the favourites to make it to the final at 3/11 (1.27), given they can lose and still progress to the final. We can see Valencia beating the Gunners, but not doing enough to progress to the final. We’d back Valencia to win 2-1 at 69/10 (7.90) but find despair as Arsenal ultimately make the final.

Given that this game features the top two scoring teams and top two scoring players, it seems destined for goals. We can’t look past Chelsea for the win considering their outstanding record in the competition, so we’d back Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 9.5 (2.80).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

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Can Man City show their class again?

Saturday in EPL: Onto Saturday’s, Premier League fixtures and we have priced up a three team home banker for you. £20 on Leicester, Liverpool and Spurs to win returns a cool £56*

Super Sunday as Man City host Chelsea: Reigning champions Chelsea head north with their top 4 ambitions on the line whereas Man City will want to show why they will win the League this year. £20 on Man City to win and over 3.5 goals returns £70*

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1025 Days of Hurt

Paul Lambert’s return to the Premier League sees Stoke city beat Huddersfield. It has been 1025 days since Paul Lambert has managed in the Premier League. Lambert was sacked from his role as Aston Villa manager in 2015 following their slide into the relegation zone. He replaced Mark Hughes who was dismissed by Stoke City for the same reason. Lambert watched from the stands as Stoke were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United on Monday. Fast forward to Saturday and his first real game in charge saw them beat Huddersfield 2-0. The win takes them one point off the relegation zone. Not exactly safe, but, moving in the right direction.

Do you think Paul Lambert is the man to keep Stoke City in the Premier League? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below…

Missed opportunity for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur missed an opportunity to go level with Liverpool as they could only manage a draw with Southampton. Spurs remain in fifth place after failing to beat the Saints. Mauricio Pellegrino though, whose job must surely be under scrutiny, will have been happy with a draw.

Hughton’s Brighton, humbled by Chelsea

Antonio Conte must have been happy with the way his side defeated Brighton. It was an impressive display from a Chelsea team oozing style and flair. Despite missing key players including the suspended Morata, Chelsea brushed aside Brighton, who have won only once in their last 13 games in the Premier League.

Who needs Sanchez anyway!

Manchester City dropped out of the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal, which Pep Guardiola said was for financial reasons. This left Sergio Aguero in an enviable bargaining position come contract renewal day. Aguero hit a hat trick against Newcastle at the Etihad and again emphasised why he is so valuable to the Sky Blues.

Spirited display from Burnley earns Mourinho’s praise

Sean Dyche’s Burnley received praise from Mourinho following Manchester United’s hard fought 1-0 victory at Turf Moor. Mourinho admitted that Burnley’s hard, physical, direct style of play made it difficult for United. Only a moment of class by the often under-rated (by Mourinho) Anthony Martial, managed to break the deadlock. Curiously, Martial, who has scored in his last three games for the Reds, is one of the players who must feel most under threat with the pending arrival of Sanchez from Arsenal.

Where will Sanchez fit into the United team? Who will make way? Post your comments down below…

Millwall. Super Millwall!

Big shout out to EnergyBet partners Millwall for their amazing 4-3 victory over Leeds United at the weekend. The game saw two incredible come backs, as Millwall let a 2-0 lead slip away to be 3-2 down to the Yorkshire side with only three minutes to go. Millwall’s Tom Elliott levelled the scores in the 87th minute and victory was sealed with Jed Wallace’s stoppage time goal. These were 3 vital away points for Millwall, whose home form has been impressive, but they have been let down by some largely mediocre performances away from home.

Can Liverpool Bounce Back After Midweek Collapse?

Klopp’s boys need mental toughness to upset the Champions

Jurgen Klopp insisted his Liverpool team showed great mentality in their 3-3 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday. The fans may be thinking differently though. Liverpool have an even bigger test to come at the weekend in the form of a Chelsea side who are flying. Liverpool have the home advantage, but it will be a tough test to try and break into the top four with victory over the current champions.

Expect the Cherries to be Too Sweet for Swansea

Eddie Howe has been performing miracles with his Bournemouth side, who currently stand at 13th in the league. A great result last week against Huddersfield saw them bang in four goals in front of their home fans. This week they take on Swansea at the Liberty stadium, but with Swansea having won only once in their last six home games expect Bournemouth to take all three points.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley Have Eyes on Fifth Spot

Burnley will be hoping that their incredible home record (third best in the Premier League) will give them the edge over Arsenal on Sunday. If they manage to achieve a result against the Gunners and Liverpool lose to Chelsea then Burnley will leap into fifth place, just one point behind Tottenham (assuming they beat West Brom). Should the unthinkable happen and West Brom beat Tottenham, then Burnley would go fourth. Of course, at the end of the day, this is all conjecture and hypothesis, but one thing is absolutely certain, and that is bet £20 on Burnley to win at home against Arsenal would get you a very impressive return of £118!

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