Chelsea and Leicester will battle it out at Wembley on Saturday evening and we’ve asked our Bwin blog editors for their expert FA Cup final betting tips.
Bwin is offering odds on a vast range of markets ahead of this weekend’s clash and here’s three FA Cup final predictions on how to cash in on the prices available.
STUART WALKER – Final to be decided in extra time @ 5/1
This Wembley showpiece could take some time to get going based on the finalists’ record so far in this season’s competition.
Six of Chelsea’s 11 goals have arrived in the second half, with Leicester netting 10 of their 12 strikes after the break.
Around 60 per cent of each team’s Premier League goals have followed the same pattern.
While most goals to be scored in the second 45 minutes is 23/20, I like 5/1 for the final to be decided in extra time.
Although you have to go back to 2016 for the last time an additional 30 minutes was required, three of the last four FA Cup finals have seen a one-goal winning margin.
ANDREW McDERMOTT – Chelsea HT/Chelsea FT @ 19/10
Chelsea have been so solid in defence under Thomas Tuchel regardless of who has been in the team.
The Blues like to take charge of games early and rarely look like relinquishing control once they are in front.
Only champions Manchester City have been leading at both half-time and full-time in more games than Chelsea, who had been ahead at the break in their last nine league wins prior to their comeback at Etihad Stadium last weekend.
It was the same in their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and I expect a similar performance at Wembley, although I also like 17/4 for Chelsea to win both halves, given the options they have off the bench and the extra experience they have of the big occasions.
TONY KELSHAW – Under 1.5 goals @ 2/1
Just one goal was scored in each of the semi-finals, with Chelsea shading Manchester City and Leicester edging out Southampton.
Those results meant the Blues have only conceded once in five rounds while the Foxes’ defence has been breached just twice.
This bet would have also paid out in half of their last eight head-to head meetings, including last season’s quarter-final clash in this competition.
Both sides are at their best when playing on the counter-attack and that could mean they cancel each other out, especially with so much at stake.
Leicester may be particularly cautious in their first final since 1969 – especially having lost on all four previous appearances in deciders.
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