Football tips and predictions for betting on Chelsea v Stoke is today’s late Premier League match, kicking-off at 5.30pm.
'Saturday Night Football' on Sky Sports this weekend sees league leaders Chelsea take on Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Tune in at the usual time of 5:30 and here are our free football betting tips.
Chelsea v Stoke Prediction:
With a sizeable cushion at the top of the table, Chelsea will be looking to kick on with another win on Saturday, a win that would put nine points between themselves and the chasing pack. Needless to say, with only nine games left – one more than their rivals – it would take a monumental collapse of biblical proportions if Jose Mourinho's men were not crowned champions in the next few weeks.
Nevertheless, stranger things have happened and it's not as if Chelsea are in scintillating form at the moment. The Blues were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by the ten men of PSG recently, and have actually drawn three of their last four league matches at Stamford Bridge. Had Manchester City had any fight about them, this title race could have been a lot closer at this stage of the season.
Opponents Stoke roll up to West London looking to upset the Chelsea apple kart and finish as high up the table as possible. The Potters are coming off the back of two disappointing defeats which have seen them drop to tenth place, but I would expect Mark Hughes' men to finish eighth come the end of the season.
Although Stoke certainly have the capability for a party pooper piece in their locker, their record against Chelsea suggests otherwise. The away side haven't even managed a goal at Stamford Bridge in their last five visits, let alone even win. Considering the fact Chelsea are the only team in the country yet to lose a home game in the league this season, it doesn't offer much encouragement for the away side.
Odds for Saturday evening's Chelsea v Stoke clash have Chelsea as runaway favourites at a best-priced 3/10. Stoke can be backed at a quite ridiculous price of 15/1, with the draw on offer at 5/1.
First and foremost, 15/1 is an unbelievable offer for the away win. Yes, this is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Stoke are certainly not that poor a side and those odds certainly do them a disservice. Afterall, it is not as if The Blues are even playing that well at the moment and who can forget their home defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of League One Bradford City.
However, if I were to throw my money around like a drunken sailor every time I saw some decent odds, it certainly wouldn't benefit in the long term! Based on their excellent record against Stoke and the simple fact they are leading the league by a country mile, surely there will be another Chelsea win on the cards.
With a miserable price of 3/10 on the table for the outright victory, why not look to back a correct score. Seven of Chelsea's twenty wins have come by the 2-0 scoreline this season and they have also failed to score more than two goals at home in their last six matches. Furthermore, 2-0 was the score the last time the two sides met.
With these facts in mind, our Chelsea v Stoke correct score prediction is a 2-0 Chelsea win at 9/2 with Betfred, and as always, should the match finish 1-1 you will get your stake refunded.
Moving over to the unfashionable world of the goal timing market, and Chelsea and Stoke are currently first and third in the league for goals in the first fifteen minutes. As well as this, the corresponding match earlier in the season even saw a goal in under two minutes.
At odds of 23/10 with William Hill, back the opening goal of the match to come in the first fifteen minutes for our next football tip today.
Finally for our usual dip into the goalscoring market, and the consistency of Eden Hazard makes him a sensible bet as an anytime goalscorer in the match. The Belgian international has 16 goals to his name this season and has also scored in two of his last three league games.
At generous odds of 7/4 with Betfred, back Hazard to score anytime in the match.
Chelsea v Stoke Betting Tips
Chelsea to win 2-0 – 9/2 with Betfred: signup get £30 free.
First goal in the first 15 minutes – 23/10 with William Hill: signup get 2 free £10 bets.
Edin Hazard to score anytime – 7/4 with Betfred.
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