This weekend marks the return of the FA Cup as punters, football supporters and armchair fans turn their attention to the best-loved knockout competition in English football. Will we see the Premier League sides join the party and breeze through to the next round or can followers expect another few cup upsets? That remains to be seen, but it’ll be great fun finding out.
A Closer Look
We enjoy a host of Premier League vs Championship fixtures and this third-round tie is one of them as Nottingham Forest returns to Stamford Bridge where they will take on a Chelsea side desperate to pick up a win and inject self-belief and morale back into the ranks. Lampard and co will welcome the distraction cup football brings, we are sure of that.
Chelsea is the favourites to win this match and that’s not just because they enjoy home advantage. The Blues are a side chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League. The ranks of the home squad are filled with young, hungry and ambitious players, eager to make a name for themselves and scrap their way to glory. Many are Englishman who understands the beauty of the FA Cup. We expect Lampard to shuffle his pack but there will be a few aces in there.
Tough to Go Against Chelsea
Nottingham Forest will aim to play football in London but that will prove to be their downfall. If they look to pass Chelsea off the park and meet them fire for fire, there’s only ever going to be one winner and that’s the home side. That is reflected in the betting with traders at every online betting side making Chelsea favourites. The locals are 1/9 at Bet365 and that’s the market best price. The draw can be backed at 11/1 with Unibet, the away win as big as 33/1 with William Hill.