Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: Betting is Tight Ahead of First Semi Final
It’s FA Cup time again with just four teams left in the hat for this weekend’s semi finals. We’re left with four of the biggest teams in English football right now and it all starts with Chelsea v Spurs at Wembley this Saturday.
The match is being televised live in the UK on BBC1 with a 4.15 pm kick off and it’s going to be a hugely attractive one for the betting community so let’s get right on with a look at the markets.
The bookies literally can’t separate the two sides with many giving the same win price on both teams. The best available odds right now are identical too with MarathonBet offering a top price of 177/100 on either Chelsea or Spurs to win it. The draw completes this market at 12/5 with MarathonBet and that would seem a good option for these two, when you consider current form.
Chelsea come into this with four wins from their last six while over the same period, Tottenham have a perfect record of six wins from six. In head to heads between the two this season, they have one victory each so it really is so hard to split them.
Those prices are for the game in 90 minutes: remember, these is no replay so this will go into extra time and penalties and that will bring the To Qualify market more into play. Here, we have Chelsea at a best of 10/11 with William Hill and SportingBet while Spurs are quoted at 11/10 with BetFred and Winner Sports.
Individual Goal Scorers
We’ll consider the result a little later but if you’re having a hard time picking a winner, the individual goal scoring markets might be more tempting. Both sides are expected to be close to full strength so there are lots of attacking options in either camp.
First goal scorer betting shows a tie at the top with joint favourites in Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Harry Kane of Tottenham. Both men can be picked up at best odds of 9/2 with Betway and William Hill to find the net first while Michy Batshuayi is next at a top price of 33/5 with MarathonBet.
Batshuayi is a strange selection as he rarely starts for Chelsea so a better option would be Eden Hazard – a guaranteed starter, barring late injury, – who is quoted at 69/10 with MarathonBet once again.
Costa and Hazard are the men in form for Chelsea while Spurs’ goals have been shared around as of late so you may want to consider Son Heung-Min at a best of 7/1 with 32Red, Dele Alli at 15/2 with Paddy Power, or Christian Eriksen who scored the opener at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and is on offer at an excellent 23/2 with MarathonBet.
If you’ve read previous previews then you’ll know we like to consider Eden Hazard and the Belgian looks good for an anytime goal at a top price of 27/10 with 32Red.
Other Side Bets:
What can we expect from a semi final with two teams on show who look very evenly matched? The obvious conclusion to draw from this is that it will be a tight game and few would be surprised if it carried through to extra time and even penalties.
If you agree with that theory then your side bets should tie in with that sort of afternoon and we’ll be backing under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with 188Bet. There have only been 5 goals in two league matches between these two this season – exactly 2.5 per game – and in an FA Cup semi final, it could be even more tense and tight at the back.
Another interesting option in a market that we don’t often look at is Chelsea to win from behind which is listed at 13/1 with 32Red and 888Sport. That scenario actually happened at Stamford Bridge and while it would require our under 2.5 goal bet to fail, that really is an excellent price.
It’s an old cliché that anything can happen in a sudden death game such as this one but it’s a true one and the game may not go to form. Both teams like to play an open and attacking game but in a contest such as this, it should be much tighter so we are favouring a narrow Chelsea win in a low scoring tie.