This weekend brings the Fourth Round of the FA Cup as Chelsea travel away to Brentford. Benitez will be keen to get the season back on track having suffered another cup exit mid-week, this time at the hands of Swansea in the League Cup. Brentford are certainly no push overs and the FA Cup remains as unpredictable as ever so you would expect Rafa to name a relatively strong side in order to avoid an embarrassing loss and a disastrous end to a bad week for the club. Choose a free bet for this match here.
Brentford currently lie third in League One with the third best home record in the whole division. They’re also on great form at the moment having only picked up one loss in their last ten games which came against league leaders Tranmere. William Hill has them priced at 10/1 for this game and at 5/1 to qualify through to the next round. They undoubtedly go into this match as huge underdogs and the likelihood of them picking up a surprise victory is very unlikely. One man who may be able to help them perform some cup magic is Clayton Donaldson. So far he has managed to score 19 goals this season and will look to be adding to his tally against the Premier League side. Skybet has him at 10/1 to score the first goal and at 7/2 to score anytime. Perhaps the best result Brentford can hope for in this game is a draw at 4/1 on William Hill and face a return trip to Stamford Bridge.
Brentford’s FA Cup Progress:
Boreham Wood 0-2 Brentford
Bradford 1-1 Brentford
Brentford 4-2 Bradford (After Extra Time)
Southend 2-2 Brentford
Brentford 2-1 Southend
There will be very few people betting against Chelsea for this game and despite their erratic form they should be able to brush aside Brentford. A Chelsea win on William Hill is 3/10 and for them to qualify is at 1/9. Now they are out of the League Cup and Champions League I think Rafa will be keen to do well in the FA Cup and for this reason it is hard to see anything but a Chelsea win as they will probably field a strong team to limit any chances of an upset. Frank Lampard has been proving again recently why his goals are so valuable to the team and for him to score again in this game is 9/2 for the first goal and to score anytime is at 7/2 on Skybet. Providing he starts he could well have a big say in the outcome.
Chelsea FA Cup Progress:
Southampton 1-5 Chelsea
All the statistics point to a Chelsea win for this game, you can never be sure in the FA Cup but this looks like it is going to be a formality for the Premier League side. Chelsea to win to nil on Paddy Power is at evens whilst a Chelsea-Chelsea, Half time-Full time bet is at 8/11. Both of which look to be good bets in what could turn out a one sided game if Brentford aren’t careful. There are likely to be several goals in this game and William Hill has priced a Chelsea 3-0 win at 7/1. If Brentford make a good start and play without any fear they could put some pressure on Chelsea for the first half, however the longer the game goes on you feel the blues class may well prove too much for them.
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