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Chelsea and Leicester set for straightforward successes in FA Cup

| 05.01.2018

Premier League pair Leicester City and Chelsea will face lower division opponents in Saturday’s televised FA Cup third round ties.

The Foxes will travel to take on Fleetwood Town, while Norwich City play host to Antonio Conte’s Blues.

We’ve picked out the best bets for both matches…

Fleetwood Town v Leicester City (12:45, BBC)

Leicester have departed the competition at the third round stage in six of the last 11 seasons.

Fleetwood, on the other hand, have never progressed past this point in their 110-year history.

Against a Cod Army outfit that have lost their last three on home soil, the Foxes should prevail at 8/15. You can back the hosts at 19/4, while the replay is available at 29/10.

However, we think the value lies in the goals market.

Claude Puel’s men have bagged 22 times on the road so far this season in all competitions.

They could take advantage against a Cod Army outfit that have conceded two or more in each of their last three games at Highbury.

The visitors should make the -1 Handicap pay at 6/4, while we go 19/5 about the -2 Handicap.

And with Jamie Vardy returning to his old stomping ground, is it written in the stars that the England ace will cause trouble for his former employers?

He’s 4/1 to Score 2 Goals or More and an equally tempting 16/5 to be the Last Goalscorer.

Norwich City v Chelsea (17:30, BT Sport)

The last 12 fixtures between these two clubs have produced 10 Chelsea victories.

It’s 4/9 for that trend to continue at Carrow Road, with Norwich priced at 11/2.

The West Londoners have kept clean sheets in eight of those meetings.

Against a Canaries side that are amongst the lowest scorers in the Championship, Antonio Conte’s men should have no trouble in recording a shutout.

We go 31/20 for Chelsea to Win to Nil, while Both Teams to Score – No, is also temptingly priced at even-money.

In terms of goalscorers, Michy Batshuayi is likely to start the match and will be looking to add his five goals already this season in domestic cup competitions.

He’s 10/3 to Score 2 Goals or More and 14/5 to break the deadlock in the contest.

Nelson Oliveira is best-priced for the hosts at 5/2 Anytime.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of date of publication



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.