Our Chelsea Bets

Have you worked out your bets for the big game at the Stadium of Light?  We’d be keen to hear what they are (leave them in the comments below).

As usual, we have £10 to back Chelsea with match, with all our profits (!) will be going to charity :)

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Whilst we don’t anticipate this being an absolute walk in the park (not least because Sunderland are well rested because they have less internationals than Chelsea) everyone at the FreeBetsNow office believes that this has all the makings of a satisfactory win for Chelsea.  Sunderland may well huff-and-puff but we can’t see them blowing Andre Villas-Boas house down.  With the new creativity brought to the team by Mata and Meireles, Chelsea now have enough guile to break down Sunderland, even if the Mackems have only conceded 2 goals all season so far.

We’re backing Chelsea to win 2-0 (odds of 7/1 available at Stan James – and you can get upto £150 worth of free bets!)

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Given the confusion as to who will start on the attack for Chelsea, it didn’t make sense to back Torres or Droggers (especially because they had such poor odds).  We’re pretty sure Mata will play from the start, and judging by the chances and positions he found himself in last week, we’re going to back him to be an anytime goalscorer – available at 2/1 at Bet Clic

Shove this bet on with Marcel Desailly’s favourite bookmakers and you can’t lose – because it’s your first bet, if Mata doesn’t score then you will get your money back.  This isn’t like a normal free-bet where they make you spend it on the site, you can actually just take your money back.  If you stuck £30 on (the maximum Bet Clic will refund you) you would walk away £90!  All completely risk-free!

What are your betting tips?  Let us know below :)

Our Liverpool Bets

Have you worked out your bets for the big game at the Brittania Stadium?  We’d be keen to hear what they are (leave them in the comments below).

As usual, we have £10 to spend on the Liverpool match, with all our profits(!) will be going to charity :)

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This has all the makings of a tough match.  Stoke are a physical side who managed to hold Chelsea to a goalless draw on the first day of the season, and they have their defending sorted.  Unfortunatley they lack a bit going forwards, though Peter Crouch’s acquisition may change all that – and how many times have we seen players play well against their former clubs?!

That said, with Liverpool’s hard-working midfield and extra cutting edge up-front (even on Chelsea) we think they will have just about enough about to make their mark.  We’re predicting a 2-0 win to Liverpool.  (best odds of 10/1 are available at Tote Sport, where new account holders get a free £10 bet).

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Liverpool have been quick off the blocks in two of their three Premier League games this season, with Suarez scoring on 12 minutes on the first day, and Henderson grabbing a goal inside 15 minutes last time out.  They may not have managed to break Arsenal’s defence before the half-time whistle, but as title challengers thats to be expected.  With this (and the attacking football we now play) in mind, we think that backing Liverpool to be leading at both half-time and full-time is a great bet – especially at 5/2 with Bet Clic.

Shove this bet on with Marcel Desailly’s favourite bookmakers and you can’t lose – because it’s your first bet, if Liverpool don’t win at ht/ft then you will get your money back.  This isn’t like a normal free-bet where they make you spend it on the site, you can actually just take your money back.  If you stuck £30 on (the maximum Bet Clic will refund you) you would walk away £105!  All completely risk-free!

Our Arsenal Bets

Have you worked out your bets for the big game at the Emirates? We’d be keen to hear what they are (leave them in the comments below).

As usual, we have £10 to spend on Arsenal’s game, with all our profits (!) will be going to charity :)

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After shipping 8 goals in just one match, its hard to be too confident in Arsenal’s defence, even if they do have a Germany’s captain running it this time around. That said, Swansea have struggled to score at all in the Premier League so far this season, so they might be just the team the Gunners need to play right now! With all the new players coming in, it might not be as easy as some commentators think it will be – fluent passing only comes after weeks and weeks of passing to each-other (and knowing where each-other will be) in training. Arteta hasn’t had that yet.

Needless to say, we think Arsenal still have enough about them to win this, though it might not be comfortable. We’re taking a slim Arsenal win of 2-1 (available at 15/2 with Paddy Power – and get a free bet if you’re just opening your account now!)

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With Arsenal having struggled to get any form of consistency so far this season, we don’t really fancy our chances on the handicaps, ht/ft or even bookings! Throughout their poor run of results there has been one player who has continued to impress us though – Theo Walcott. He was instrumental in much of Arsenal’s good attacking play last week, and has scored in 3 of the last 4 matches for the Gunners. It’s for this reason we’re backing him to be an anytime goalscorer (at 2/1 with Bet Clic)

Shove this bet on with Marcel Desailly’s favourite bookmakers and you can’t lose – because it’s your first bet, if Walcott doesn’t score then you will get your money back. This isn’t like a normal free-bet where they make you spend it on the site, you can actually just take your money back. If you stuck £30 on (the maximum Bet Clic will refund you) you would walk away £90! All completely risk-free!

Preview: Bolton vs United

It’s more of the same that United fans will be hoping for.  After beating their noisy neighbours in the Charity Shield they’re had three wins on the bounce, and currently stand at the the top of the Premier League table, having scored 13 goals in just 3 games, and conceded just 3.  And with David de Gea slowly growing into the role between the sticks, they won’t be conceding many in the future either!

The team has a fresh impetus following the injection of youth (in the form of Cleverly, Smalling, Jones and Ashley Young), and when they are on the top of their game, as they were for spells in their 8-2 demolition of Arsenal, they are basically unplayable.  Good luck Bolton!

With Ferdinand now nearing full fitness, with Vidic not far behind, it remains to be seen whether Sir Alex will stick to his young guns.  Smalling will almost certainly start at right-back (as he did for England in both qualifiers), but Rio might be used to partner Evans in the centre.  Evra takes up his usual left-sided spot, where he is starting to link up neatly with Ashley Young.  Capello’s decision not to play Tom Cleverley should pay dividends for United in the centre, where he’s played well alongside fellow lung-busting runner Anderson.

With Valencia and Danny Welbeck both ruled out through injury, Saturday might well see a return to the first team for cult hero Javier Chicharito Hernandez – it will be his first chance to prove that he will not be outshone by the new class.  Rooney should also start, leaving a disappointed Michael Owen, Federico Macheda and Deimitar berbatov on the bench.  That’s some firepower to call upon if they need it!

Last Match
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal
Liverpool 3-1 Bolton

Form
Manchester United W-W-W
Bolton W-L-L

Match Odds
United 2/5 (Paddy Power)
Bolton 15/2 (Stan James)

Preview: Arsenal vs Swansea

This is an important match for Arsenal.  Their season has stalled so far, though with games against Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United it was always going to be difficult.  The North Londoners desperately need to find the right gear in this next game, or their Premier League challenge will be over before it even started.

In a way the harsh start to the season has done them a favour, with last weeks capitulation to United adding urgency to their bids to get experienced professionals into the club before the transfer window closed.  Finally Wenger appears to have learnt that whilst the kids have potential, they can’t win matches week-in, week-out.  With Mertesacker, Santos, Arteta, Park and Benayoun all now in place at the Emirates, the season must start now.

Swansea at home is one of those fixtures that the big guns are expected to win with consumate ease, and anything less than this will set the ‘crisis’ talk amongst the newpapers and fans even more.  With the next three games against Swansea, Blackburn and Bolton, this is a genuine chance for Arsenal to build their points tally, and their confidence.

Expect Wenger to ring the changes from the (admittedly youthful) side that faced United. Mertesacker will add some steel to the centre of defence, though his natural first-team partner Thomas Vermaelen won’t be lining up alongside him after being ruled out with a hamstring injury.  Wilshere’s pivotal role at the heart of all Arsenal’s moves will be taken over by Mikel Arteta, another debutant, whose style of play has always been a good fit to the way Arsenal play.  Gervinho is still suspended, so it looks like Robin van Persie will be ploughing a lonely furrow up-front.

Last Match
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal
Swansea 0-0 Sunderland

Form
Arsenal D-L-L
Swansea L-D-D

Match Odds
Arsenal 4/11 (Paddy Power)
Swansea 10/1 (Stan James)

Preview: Sunderland vs Chelsea

The season hasn’t really started yet for Chelsea.  All thee matches they’ve played in the Premier League have been sluggish to say the least, with an opening day goalless draw, a late winner after coming from behind against West Brom, and another frustrating game against Norwich up until the goalkeeper getting sent off.  The problem has been that they struggle to break down well organised teams and defences – which is why Stoke, West Brom and Norwich have all done reasonably well against them in spite of having less fire-power.

Andre Villas-Boas’ big task before the window closed was to get someone who would add that creative element to their game – and in Juan Mata it looks like they have found a diamond.  He only played a few minutes against Norwich but was a catalyst for some great attacks, and seems to have no fear.  Add deadline day purchase Raul Meireles into the mix and you can see that Chelsea should have greater invention going forward.

Coach Boas criticised both attacking midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Fernando Torres earlier this week, so it’s hard to see them making the line-up for their game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.  The game is also a week too early for Didier Drogba to be involved, which leaves Chelsea with some interesting options up-front – will youngster Romelu Lukaku be given his chance, or will it fall to Daniel Sturridge to carry the attacking threat?

It looks as though Nicklas Bendtner will be making his debut for Sunderland, and after his two goals midweek for Denmark he will fancy his chances.  Similar ex-rivals John O’Shea and Wes Brown might give this match an extra bite too, though given the Rokerites poor form at home we can’t see past a win for the Blues.

Last Match
Swansea 0-0 Sunderland
Chelsea 3-1 Norwich (Bosingwa 6, Lampard (pen) 82, Mata 90+11)

Form
Sunderland D-L-D
Chelsea D-W-W

Match Odds

Chelsea 8/10 (Ladbrokes)
Sunderland 9/2 (William Hill)