We’re set for a special night at Stamford Bridge and the mood in the home dressing room is a confident one going into this match. Chelsea secured a top-four finish in the Premier League at the weekend thanks to a crucial win over Watford at this very venue, seeing them leapfrog neighbours Tottenham into third. The Champions League semi-finalists now have their work cut out if they are to hold their ground and see off the attentions of Arsenal in fifth. Here are our Chelsea v Frankfurt betting tips.
An In-Depth Look at the Match
Loftus-Cheek has been an important player for The Blues since bursting onto the scene this season and he added another goal to his tally when breaking the deadlock on 48 minutes. David Luiz added a second less than three minutes after the re-start and it was left to Higuain to put the icing on the cake with a third and final goal on 75.
That win came hot on the heels of Sarri’s boys battling to a 1-1 in Germany a few days before. The Blues were priced like a team who would be good enough to secure an away victory, but they failed to manage it, held to a draw by an opponent who don’t see to get the credit they deserve. Jovic scored the first goal of the evening, giving Frankfurt an advantage but that was cancelled out by Pedro on 45 minutes. Chelsea weathered that early set-back to come away with a decent result and they dominated the stats that night, looking like a side who had another couple of gears to go through. That’s the reason you’ll find them priced no better than 4/11 at Bet365 to win on Thursday. Another draw goes 4/1 with the same firm.
Still In With a Chance
The pre-match betting would have you believe Frankfurt are only here to make up the numbers, but they caught the eye with a strong performance at home last week and will know at 1-1 they have every chance of banking a place in the final. The draw gives Chelsea an advantage as they have an away goal and will be backed by a sizeable audience on game night, but this tie isn’t over yet, Frankfurt determined to come and make a nuisance of themselves. They have impressed us from very early in the competition and we wouldn’t be in complete shock to see them go through.
Another slight positive for Frankfurt is that winning this cup was Chelsea’s way of qualifying for the Champions League next term – or at least a good back-up plan – but that’s now not the case as they can finish no lower than fourth in the Premier League. Will that blunt their sharp edge or does Sarri still fancy winning a trophy in his first season at the club? We will soon find out by how he sets up his team on Thursday evening. The away win has been written off as a 15/2 shot with Ladbrokes. If you do fancy a pop at that, please be aware some firms are giving only 13/2 on the same bet, so be careful who you trust.
Sticking with Ladbrokes is our advice. Both teams to score, as they did last week in Germany, is 10/11 favourite with Bet365 and that will appear in a fair share of accumulators, we’re sure. Taking no from the same market is also 10/11, making it a straight shoot-out between punters and bookies.