There will be a titanic battle of the two teams famous for blazing a trail in their blue strips, exciting fans up and down the country and ensuring all the eyes of world football will be on Wembley Stadium this weekend, but someone else got to do the preview of Millwall v Wigan so I have to take a look at the ‘B-Movie’ between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Just kidding, Blues fans. When Rafa Benitez and Roberto Mancini send their sides on to the hallowed turf to lock horns on Sunday, it promises to be a fantastic contest between two teams more than capable of producing top-class football.
City will take with them the confidence created by a fine 2-1 win in Monday’s Manchester derby, while Chelsea are coming into the game on the back of strengthening their hold on a Champions League spot as well as sealing their place in the Europa League semi-final as England’s only remaining representative in Europe.
Fireworks will fly in a game that has been (rather cruelly) labelled the ‘true’ FA Cup final, with the winner set to be heavy odds-on favourite to overcome either Millwall or Wigan in May to claim the famous trophy.
So, without further ado, here’s five statistics you may not have thought of before placing your bets on the big match.
2: In their last 20 Premier League matches, both sides have scored twice on seven occasions. The odds on this one ending 2-2 after ninety minutes come in at 23/2, and you can get your money back on losing single bets like this if a penalty is awarded in the game.
3: Although Chelsea have won 19 of the 30 Premier League clashes between the two, they have not won any of the last four meetings in all competitions, with City winning three of them. Mancini’s men are 6/5 to win in normal time.
4: Demba Ba has scored four times for Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup and can be backed at 19/10 to add to that at Wembley in regular time after being passed fit for the game.
5: By comparison, Carlos Tevez has bagged five goals in this year’s competition for City, and is 9/5 to score in the 90 minutes and 11/2 to open the scoring.
8: Chelsea have appeared at the new Wembley more than anyone, winning eight of their 12 games, and are at a price of 11/5 to triumph in normal time on Sunday.
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