Sunday FA Cup Preview: Chelsea to ease past Leicester City

Adam Bate is backing Chelsea to continue their improved run of form under Roberto Di Matteo and beat Championship side Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
It could be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ when Chelsea host Leicester in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday. The Blues enjoyed a special night at Stamford Bridge when they beat Napoli 4-1 on Wednesday - but it’s worth remembering the FA Cup is still their best chance of a trophy.

Chelsea are 2/7 (1.29) with Bet365 to win here and confirm their resurgence after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Opponents Leicester still maintain ambitions of sneaking a play-off place and may view this as a chance to play with the pressure off. Nigel Pearson’s men are used to being the favourites but are long odds underdogs here.

Leicester can be backed at 10/1 (11.0) and the draw is available at 9/2 (5.5).

In the goalscorers market, much will depend on Roberto Di Matteo’s team selection. Fernando Torres could be given a run-out and is certainly due a goal having not netted since his brace against Genk in October. The Spaniard is 15/4 (4.75) with Bet365 to open the scoring.

Leicester’s best bets to cause an upset are strike duo David Nugent and Jermaine Beckford. Both men have pedigree and may relish the chance to play in a showpiece game. Nugent and Beckford are 14/1 (15.0) to open the scoring with Bet365.

In the other markets, the most likely scenario would appear to be a Chelsea win to nil. Portsmouth, Bolton, Sunderland and Stoke have already been victims of that outcome since the turn of the year and Leicester look candidates to go the same way. Chelsea are Evens (2.0) to be the only team to score.

That’s the Bet of the Day here. For a Value Bet, a repeat of the 3-0 scoreline by which Chelsea beat Wolves, Valencia and Bolton is a distinct possibility and can be backed at 7/1 (8.0) with Bet365.

Bet of the Day

Chelsea only team to score at Evens (2.0) with Bet365
3-0 to Chelsea at 7/1 (8.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter