- Bet Chelsea Win To Nil at 17/20 with BetVictor
- Back Eden Hazard To Score First at 9/1 with Paddy Power
Cardiff went into the international break sitting 16th in the Premier League table and it’s a position manager Neil Warnock would gladly take come the final reckoning in May, but on Saturday they face their toughest assignment away to Chelsea.
The Story So Far
Cardiff have acquitted themselves fairly well in the Premier League thus far, with the Bluebirds recovering from an opening defeat at Bournemouth to land goal-less draws against Newcastle and Huddersfield, while the Welsh side had a right crack at Arsenal before losing 3-2.
Faced with the might of a dangerous Chelsea team, Cardiff are likely to adopt a defensive strategy, although what happens if they concede an early goal against a side boasting a 100% record?
BetVictor offers 1/5 about a Chelsea win, and it looks an absolute certainty considering that the Blues have beaten Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth. It hasn’t always been pretty, but winning becomes a habit and this could be Chelsea’s easiest match thus far.
Bet On Scoreline Markets
Two of the Blues’ victories have come without conceding and BetVictor offers a very fair 17/20 that Chelsea claim a win to nil - a sensible bet considering Cardiff’s two goals against Arsenal were the first of the season, after drawing blanks in their opening three matches.
Ladbrokes offer 6/1 that this match ends in a draw, and the best way for Cardiff to land a point is by engineering a goal-less draw, with Betfair trading at 20/1 that we see this scoreline come the final whistle.
We like the idea of a big winning scoreline in favour of the home side too, with Warnock happy to be hung for a lion rather than a sheep, and it’s not unforeseeable that there is a 6-0 victory for Chelsea, which can be backed at 45/1 with Paddy Power.
A slightly more modest 5-1 win is trading at 30/1 with Betfair, and perhaps Sarri is less bothered about keeping a clean sheet, if his team are attacking at will and finding the net with their attacks, with Marcos Alonso especially prominent in attacking positions.
And A Goalscorer Bet?
Marcos Alonso is enjoying an excellent campaign and deserved an international recall to feature in Spain’s UEFA Nations League matches. BetVictor offers 11/1 about Alonso scoring the opening goal and it appears that he’s as likely as anyone else in a blue shirt to score.
Eden Hazard actually came off the bench in Chelsea’s first two matches to positive effect, and the Belgian is now up and running, with Maurizio Sarri claiming that his star player can end up among the best in the world.
Hazard is also on penalty duties and Paddy Power have 9/2 about Hazard to score the opening goal of the game, with the same firm quoting an interesting 18/1 that the Chelsea man bags a hat-trick - against a team who might struggle to live with the waves of attack coming their way.