Match Betting (1x2)

Frank Lampard was the big market mover in the Premier League Sack Race market over the weekend, with the Chelsea manager trimmed to 10/1 after his team’s 4-0 drubbing at Old Trafford.

It has to be said that the Blues actually played well for the opening half of the match and the scoreline didn’t accurately paint a picture of what happened. Nevertheless, there is a certain amount of pressure when it comes to Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are trading at odds-on, although a best price of 4/5 about the home side looks a risky bet in this clash, with the defence having been breached four times against Manchester United and now going up against Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Ayoze Perez.

Brendan Rodgers will publicly speak about how difficult this fixture is, although he will privately be delighted that the Foxes head to the Bridge with Chelsea in some kind of early disarray.

There are certainly worse weekend bets than the 4/1 about the Midlands side winning this encounter, with Leicester opening with a goalless draw against Wolves and they will have their own aspirations when it comes to finishing in the top six.

Even the draw price makes more appeal than the home odds, with betfair going as big as 27/10 that this match ends all square. Leicester will consider it to be a valuable point to add to the one earned against Wolves.

First Goalscorer

We’re expecting Tammy Abraham to continue as the lone striker for Chelsea and perhaps the former Villa and Swansea forward will receive plenty of service for his parent club, with the youngster trading at 5/1 to score the opening goal of this game.

It’s entirely possible that Lampard switches striker and opts for the more experienced Olivier Giroud who might consider he will have an opportunity to shine in this team considering that Gonzalo Higuain is no longer around and Eden Hazard has also left the club.

We were impressed by Ross Barkley during the first half at Old Trafford and the attacking midfielder looks a good shout at 8/1 to break the deadlock considering he’s been doing well in the number 10 role, while Mason Mount is trading at 12/1 and he could also pose a lively threat.

The visitors also have attacking talent in droves and Jamie Vardy boasts a considerable record against top six opposition, even if Chelsea don’t necessarily befit that description.

The speedy front man is 11/2 to score the opening goal and Vardy will be relishing the chance to go up against Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen compared to some of the former defenders who used to operate for the Blues.

Similarly, Ayoze Perez was prolific towards the end of his time with Newcastle and the £30 million signing has been priced up at 12/1 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock in this clash.

James Maddison played in a wide position against Wolves but boasts dangerous set piece prowess for the Foxes, while Harvey Barnes could also have an impact off the bench.

Both Teams to Score

On face value, this looks like a clash where both teams might find the net. Chelsea certainly need to approach this match with an attacking mindset and it’s fair to say that they threw everything at Manchester United in the first half and a similar approach could yield dividends.

Bet365 offer 10/11 about “Yes” and “No” on the Both Teams to Score market and we’re leaning towards “Yes”, with Lampard less bothered about keeping a clean sheet and more focused on a statement of intent which will show the supporters that this new approach with Chelsea can be entertaining and successful.

While Leicester also drew a blank last weekend, we think they are likely to be on the scoresheet at least once in this game and Rodgers is not a manager to go anywhere in search of a point.

Over / Under Goals

Bet365 have a generous even money that Over 2.5 Goals will be scored at Stamford Bridge next Sunday and we think that’s something which is more than 50% likely to happen.

Chelsea will have returned from a Super Cup match during the week to play in this game and could be showing a little fatigue from the trip to Istanbul, while both sides might be happy to engage themselves in a high scoring encounter that could turn out either way.

If you’re expecting a goal-filled contest, then BetVictor have 27/10 that there are Over 3.5 Goals and Rodgers will want his team to expose the spaces in behind the Chelsea defence in the same way that Manchester United managed to do last Sunday.

Correct Score

There was only a goal scored during the 180 minutes between the two teams last season, with the clash at Stamford Bridge ending 1-0 in favour of Leicester before the teams played out a goalless draw in May.

However, that May game was the final encounter of the season and the previous clash saw both teams managed by different coaches so perhaps we should expect a different outcome here.

Let’s start the bidding with a 3-2 win for Chelsea which is trading at odds of 28/1, with Lampard sure to have his team playing on the front foot once again.

On a similar note, the 3-3 draw is available at 70/1 and it’s easy enough to see an encounter where both teams are trading blows in an end-to-end encounter.

Perhaps a more pragmatic approach might be applied by Lampard in his quest for three precious points, with odds of 13/2 available about a 1-0 Chelsea victory.

You can get odds of 8/1 that Chelsea win by a 2-1 scoreline and anyone expecting the home team to win a high-scoring encounter can also plump for a home win and both teams to score.


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