Lampard to Sting the Bees?
With the momories of Chelsea's (3/10) League Cup exit to Swansea this week still fresh in the mind, The Blues now travel to Griffin Park to take on fellow London outfit Brentford (10/1, 4/1 Draw) in the FA Cup.
The League One side must fancy their chances after witnessing the Cup shocks in Midweek and go into the match full of confidence after a cracking first half to their season. Sitting in 3rd place in the League and seeing off Southend in the last round. Should The Bee's manage to negotiate Chelsea however it will be one of the biggest shocks for many a year.
They go into the game missing the services of defender Jake Bidwell as a result of his suspension but Scott Barron is expected to come in, he is (33/1 to score the first or last goal and we have him at 2/1 to score at anytime). Highly-rated midfielder Harry Forrester should return after he was rested against Leyton Orient and we have him at (11/1 first/last, 4/1 anytime).
Clayton Donaldson (8/1 first/last, 11/4 anytime) is the favourite to score first for the Bees. With 19 to his name so far this season with 4 of those coming in the FA Cup, he is by far their top scorer. Paul Hayes has found the net on 6 occasions this term with a goal in the last round and he's at (10/1 first/last, 7/2 anytime). We have our headline offer on Donaldson this week. If he scores in a Brentford win we will pay 14/1.
Brentford are trying to qualify for the last 16 for the first time in seven seasons. For Brentford to qualify for the next round we go 5/1. Don't forget, this includes extra time and penalties.
This is the Bees first opportunity to face a Premier League club since Charlton in the fifth round in 2006, and the first chance to claim a top-flight scalp since disposing of Sunderland in the previous round that year. Uwe Rosler's side have scored 11 goals in the five matches played in this current FA Cup run. They scored seven to get to the fifth round in 2004/05, and eight to reach the same stage in the following season. They need two more to total 400 in FA Cup history. (Brentford to score two goals (11/2).
The Blues have won this competition 3 times in the last 4 years and is their most realistic chance of silverware this season so should be fielding a relatively strong team in the wake of the League Cup dismissal.
They are of course without Eden Hazard due to his midweek indiscretions with a ball boy. They are also without David Luiz, ruled out with an ankle inury.
They have been reaping the rewards that the £7m outlay on Demba Ba has brought with the big striker on target 3 times since his move from Newcastle at the start of the month. We have him at (5/2 first/last and 4/7 to score at anytime in the match). Manager Rafa Banitez continues to show faith in Fernando Torres and we have him at (10/3 first/last, 4/5 anytime). Juan Matta has scored 14 goals in all competitions and is priced at (4/1 first/last, EVS anytime).
We are odds against on Chelsea winning without conceding a goal, (23/20 to win to nil)
Chelsea are fast beconing the FA Cup specialists, unbeaten in their last 24 matches and have lost just one of their last 35 matches in the regulation 90 mins.
The seven-times winners have not been knocked out by a lower league club since Barnsley in the 2008 quarter-finals. The Blues were last ousted by a third tier club on 27 January 1990, when Bristol City beat them 3-1 at Ashton Gate in the fourth round. If you see a repeat of that on the cards we go (66/1) for Brentford to win 3-1.
You can get 9/2 for Frank Lampard to score the first/last and 6/5 to score at anytime. Not bad odds for their regular penalty taker. Should a penalty be awarded and scored (by any player on the pitch) we will give you 10/3 and for a penalty to be missed we will pay (11/1). We have our enhanced offer on Lampard to score and Chelsea to win (2/1). All of these bets could come in at the same time!
Clayton Donaldson to score and Brentford to win @ 14/1
Frank Lampard to score and Chelsea to win @ 2/1
Worth a punt:
Brentford to win 1-0 @ 22/1
Under 2.5 Goals and 10-12 Corners and 4-6 Cards @ 16/1