Kick-off: 2330, 12/02/2023
Venue: State Farm Stadium
TV: Sky Sports/ITV
Philadelphia Eagles look to have everything in their favour ahead of their Super Bowl LVII clash with Kansas City Chiefs in Arizona.
Nick Sirianni’s side have made smooth progress through the play-offs and appear to be in great shape on both sides of the ball.
The NFC champions are backed at 10/11 to win by more than two points in the first of our Super Bowl 2023 predictions.
Philadelphia Eagles odds
The Eagles have been front-runners throughout the season, winning 13 of their first 14 regular-season games, and the only hiccup was a late shoulder injury to quarterback Jalen Hurts.
However, Hurts safely negotiated a 38-7 rout of the New York Giants before enjoy another easy ride during a 31-7 drubbing of San Francisco in the Conference Championships.
Against the 49ers, the 24-year-old connected with 15 of his 25 passes for 121 yards, but the real damage was done by Philadelphia’s running game.
Miles Sanders strolled over untouched for their first two touchdowns, Boston Scott also rushed into the end zone and dual-threat Hurts went over himself from a yard out.
The Eagles controlled the clock with a series of long drives and even San Francisco’s much-vaunted defence was worn down.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Haason Reddick added two more sacks to his regular-season tally of 16, injuring QB Brock Purdy in the process.
Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave later knocked fourth-string signal caller Josh Johnson out of the game through concussion, which allowed Philadelphia to coast home.
Kenneth Gainwell does much of the dirty work on the ground, but the more powerful Sanders is often called up once the Eagles are close to the line.
Kansas City Chiefs odds
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs secured a trip to their third Super Bowl in four years by shading a valiant Cincinnati Bengals outfit 23-20.
The Kansas City quarterback had been an injury doubt due to suffering a high ankle sprain in a 27-20 defeat of Jacksonville during the divisional round.
However, he had a typically stellar showing, finishing with two touchdowns and 326 passing yards, while his opposite number Joe Burrow threw for a touchdown and two interceptions.
In a hard-fought game which ebbed one way and then the other, Harrison Butker’s third field goal of the night with just three seconds left on the clock ultimately sealed a thrilling victory for the Chiefs.
Kansas City have tremendous experience, having beaten San Francisco 31-20 in the 2020 Super Bowl, before going down 31-9 to Tampa Bay 12 months later.
With Mahomes always capable of magical moments and head coach Andy Reid sure to be fired up for facing the team he served with such distinction from 1999 to 2012, the Chiefs command obvious respect.
However, Kansas City’s young defence will now be tested to the limit by Philadelphia’s running game, behind probably the best offensive line in the business.
The Eagles also have the explosive pass rush to put pressure on Mahomes, especially if his mobility is still restricted by that ankle issue.
Overall, we feel Philadelphia are the more reliable proposition and 5/1 for them to prevail by 7-12 points completes our Super Bowl 2023 betting tips.
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