Newmarket July Meeting 2017 Betting Tips + Preview
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Some FA Cup semi finals are bigger than others. Every team who makes it through to the final four of the historic competition knows what’s in store for them with just two more wins but rarely do you get a match as well posed and with so much riding on it as Saturday’s encounter between Chelsea and Tottenham.
This is a match between two fierce London rivals taking place on neutral ground in the capital. It’s two teams who have two wins and two draws a piece from their last six encounters. It’s two of the most highly respected managers in the world. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s the last chance that the top two in the Premier League have to land a significant blow to the morale of their only competition in the title race.
Of course, the outcome of Saturday’s match won’t have a direct impact on the destination of the Premier League trophy. But if Chelsea win they will puff their chests out that little bit more and fully believe they’re the best team in the country. If Tottenham win, however, Chelsea’s nagging doubts will only get bigger and the levels of belief in the Spurs ranks will go through the roof.
Chelsea 17/20 (Bet365)
Tottenham 7/4 (Coral)
Draw 9/4 (Betfred)
You could argue long and hard about whether Chelsea or Tottenham are the best side in the country at the moment but what we know for certain is that the bookies are finding it difficult to separate the two in the betting for Saturday’s FA Cup semi final.
Chelsea are just about edging favouritism but with some books quoting the same odds on both teams, it’s clear that we’re in for a really close battle.
In trying to pick a winner, it makes sense to look at both recent form and the league meetings between the two. On both counts it is easier to make a case about Tottenham.
Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League and Liverpool are the only team to have scored more goals this season (and that’s with just one goal more). Meanwhile, Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 league games and were very much second best last weekend against Manchester United. The last time that Chelsea were so well beaten was when they visited White Hart Lane and Spurs had the better of large parts of their first meeting at Stamford Bridge even if Chelsea triumphed 2-1.
Spurs also have revenge on their minds after the way that Chelsea ended their title challenge last season and in a game where such small margins can make the difference, Tottenham look the value bet at 7/4 with Coral.
Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (William Hill)
Chelsea 1-0 @ 15/2 (Bet365)
Tottenham 1-0 @ 15/2 (Paddy Power)
Draw 0-0 @ 9/1 (Sky Bet)
Chelsea 2-1 @ 9/1 (Ladbrokes)
Tottenham 2-1 @ 10/1 (Paddy Power)
No matter how many big games the players taking to the field on Saturday have been involved in, there’s no question that they’ll each be feeling a lot of nervous tension in the lead up to the game at Wembley.
That is likely to manifest itself in a low scoring affair, especially in the early stages. With every player wary about making a potentially costly mistake it may take a little while for the match to come to the boil.
Therefore, it would be no surprise if the game is settled by just the single goal. That makes the odds of 15/2 that Paddy Power are quoting on Tottenham winning 1-0 look particularly appealing.
Diego Costa 9/2 (William Hill)
Harry Kane 9/2 (Coral)
Eden Hazard 13/2 (Bet365)
Michy Batshuayi 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
Son Heung-Min 13/2 (Coral)
Dele Alli 15/2 (Paddy Power)
Vincent Janssen 13/2 (Betway)
Pedro 8/1 (Bet365)
Chelsea fans will be worried about their team’s lack of clean sheets but they’ll also be worried about the blank they drew at Old Trafford last weekend. Of particular concern is the lack of goals coming from Diego Costa. The Spanish international has had up and down spells this season and it’s clear from his behaviour on the pitch that all is not right in his world right now.
In contrast, Tottenham have recently welcomed Harry Kane back and he marked his first start since returning from injury by scoring in the 4-0 rout of Bournemouth last weekend. Whereas Costa falls out with his teammates during almost every game, Kane is a key part of a happy Tottenham squad and given he’s now fit and healthy, he could be the man to make the difference on Saturday by scoring the game’s first goal at 9/2 with Coral.
Tottenham to win at 7/4 with Coral
Harry Kane to score first at 9/2 with Coral