Chelsea vs Birmingham – Get involved with Chelsea to win to nil
With just one win in 11 visits to London punters can be sure that Birmingham City will struggle when they head to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Alex McLeish will be hoping Carlo Ancelotti recalls Fernando Torres to the starting line-up after Didier Drogba’s impressive performance against West Brom last Saturday and if Torres starts Birmingham may be able to keep the scoring low.
Birmingham are on for the double against Chelsea after winning 1-0 at St Andrews in November, but considering they haven’t won a top flight match at Stamford Bridge since 1963 punters should stay clear of the 11/1 for Birmingham to win.
Admittedly Chelsea are short at 2/9 but of all the teams in midweek action, Chelsea are the bankers.
With Arsenal playing Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane Chelsea could potentially leapfrog Arsene Wenger’s side into second place with a win as the Chelsea camp hold an outside hope of catching Manchester United.
For punters looking for value, Chelsea offer plenty of it at 4/5 to win to nil considering they’ve kept nine clean sheets in 13 games against Birmingham.
A Chelsea win seems a foregone conclusion and it’s just a case of how many Ancelotti’s side will score which then comes down to whether or not Fernando Torres starts.
It’s not a fixture in which Chelsea score many goals – of the 14 Premier League games only four have produced over 2.5 goals – and under 2.5 goals looks the pick of the betting at 11/8, while should Torres start, back Chelsea to win 1-0 at 6/1 and Lampard to get the goal at 5/1.
Should Drogba start in place of Torres then Chelsea are more likely to find the net and a 2-0 win is available at 5/1 with Drogba 3/1 to get the first goal.
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