FOOTBALL BETTING: Live on ITV1: 15.00: Cup Final weekend has thrown up a intriguing tie, relegated Portsmouth will attempt to stop Premiership Champion’s Chelsea from scoring a hat-full.
Chelsea secured the title in emphatic fashion on Sunday, lashing eight goals past Wigan and they’re overwhelming favourites at 1/8 with Totesport to complete the double by seeing off Portsmouth in Saturday’s cup final. Ladbrokes quote the Blues at 1/5 to get the better of relegated Pompey in normal time and it’s hard to see Victor Chandler’s 16/1 outsiders preventing Carlo Ancelotti’s men adding the FA Cup to their Premiership crown.
However, Avram Grant’s men won’t quite be the pushovers that some sceptics seem to think and they can certainly make it a competitive Wembley contest. Indeed, a few ambitious punters might fancy them at 6/1 (Jaxx.com) to take the clash to extra-time, as they did against Tottenham in the semi-finals, although just ensuring scores are level at the break, an outcome Betdaq quote at 21/10, would be an achievement for beleaguered Pompey in a game that is 10/11 (Paddy Power) to be goalless until at least the 24th minute.
Nevertheless, the cup holders should ultimately make their extra quality tell to secure a victory by at least two clear goals (8/13, Stan James) and Betfred rate the Premiership champs at 11/2 to notch twice without reply.
Elsewhere, Partybets quote 4/5 for a Chelsea triumph combined with a clean sheet and at the other end the man that can set them on their way is Didier Drogba; he’s 5/2 at bet365 to open the scoring and just 8/13 courtesy of William Hill to get on the scoresheet.
Finally, with relegated Portsmouth likely to be doing plenty of defending it would be no surprise to see them concede a penalty and Chelsea subsequently stand out at 4/1 (888Sport) to score from the spot. Meanwhile, David James could be a busy man and it’s not out of the question for him to play a blinder and be named the Man of the Match; an accolade for which he is priced at 14/1 (888Sport).