Chelsea vs Manchester City | FA Cup Betting Preview & Tips


CHELSEA take on Man City in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final showdown. Tom Love (@TomLove_18) shares his betting thoughts.

Chelsea vs Manchester City | Saturday 17th April 2021, 17:30 | BBC

These two both progressed to the Champions League semi-finals midweek courtesy of wins over Porto and Dortmund. You have to wonder how much it’s taken out of them both but at the same time these two have the strongest squads in the league when in comes to depth.

I’m expecting quite a tight and tactical game with no quarter given. There’s a lot of mutual respect between the two managers, Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola, and both employ a style which centres around dominating possession and controlling the game. It will be intriguing to see who takes charge of the tempo at Wembley.

Games between the big boys this season have largely failed to ignite, a cluster of goalless draws have been commonplace and I would not be surprised if this plays out like that again.

Man City look a bit too short as odds-on shots given the improvement the Blues have shown under Tuchel. With it being a semi final it could be a risk-averse mindset from both. I’d rather back Chelsea in the ‘double chance’ market at a better price than City to win but we can get 6/4 with Marathon on Chelsea to win or draw and under 3.5 goals. That looks a nice price.

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Chelsea vs Manchester City – Chelsea Double Chance and Under 3.5 Goals (6/4 Marathon)

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I was first interested in the betting industry by doing the odd coupon at 18 - when I’d see a team at odds I didn’t expect it sparked my curiosity as to why that was. I’d go and research everything around that club: form, team news, manager quotes, and try give my own price in an aim to out-do the bookies. I personally enjoy punting on the Football League and European competitions. I like to diversify what markets I bet on so sometimes it’s outrights, goals, player cards etc. The Football League angle comes from being an avid Bradford City fan which has its ups (reaching a League Cup final and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup) and its downs (The entirety of 2018). Hobbies of mine include playing football, cross country running, travelling and playing Football Manager.

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