With Mourinho set to rotate the defence that has served him so well recently, there is value to be found in backing both sides finding the net in a home winAfter beating Chelsea 3-2 in an epic Premier League encounter back in December, Stoke City will attempt to pull off another shock when they travel to Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s FA Cup clash.
However, having won eight and drawn two of their 10 matches since then, Jose Mourinho’s men are clear 1/5 (1.20) favourites with Betway to gain revenge by extending their winning streak to seven consecutive games.
Having not won on this ground since 1974, the Potters are available at 10/1 (11.00) to make history with a cup upset this time out.
In fact, Mark Hughes’ side have not even drawn in this fixture in 30 years, with odds of 11/2 (6.50) on offer for them to end that run and force a replay with a stalemate.
That defeat at the Britannia Stadium prompted Mourinho to joke that his side were defending so poorly that even training ground dummies could score against them, and they have visibly tightened up at the back since then.
Despite initially vowing not to adopt a more defensive approach, the Portuguese manager has recently gone back on his word to push David Luiz into the central midfield role he performed so impressively under predecessor Rafa Benitez, resulting in a marked reduction in goals conceded.
However, with the Blues’ boss set to shuffle his pack in preparation for a tough schedule of Premier League fixtures, the error prone Brazilian may well revert to a back four marshalled by reserve goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, potentially undoing their newfound cohesion at the back.
Any weakness is sure to be pounced upon by a visiting team who scored four on their last away game in cup competition and whose attack has been reinforced since that 3-2 victory by the arrival of highly-rated striker John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City.
All things considered, odds of 3/2 (2.50) are not to be ignored on Chelsea coming out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends, as they have done in three of their last four fixtures on home soil.
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|Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 3/2 (2.50) (5/1 (6.00) for new customers) for a 1 point stake with Betway|
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