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Brentford vs. Chelsea: FA Cup Betting Preview

Brentford vs. Chelsea: FA Cup Betting Preview Photo: TT

A totally uninspiring FA Cup fourth round but 32 teams must advance and I’ve tried to find the value.

It begins on Friday night when Aston Villa look to put Capital One Cup disappointment behind them in south-east London.

Paul Lambert must try to rally his troops against Millwall, having lost out to League Two Bradford just one game away from Wembley, but it’s no easy task and The Championship side are favourites.

The highlights come later in the weekend and the best spectacle should be at Old Trafford where Manchester United host Fulham. That said, there’s not much romance in an all-Premier League tie, with the hosts around 1.25 favourites, and for that we have to wait until Sunday.

Chelsea’s trip to Brentford is the game for me and not only is it a West London derby but the Bees look too big at 13.0 to claim a famous win. That means they can be backed at odds against receiving a 1.5 goal head start on the Asians and that will do nicely.

Chelsea, much like Villa, were denied a Wembley appearance in midweek by Swansea and Rafa Benitiez’s approach to the second leg was baffling.

Trailing 2-0 from the first match, the Spanish interim manager was overly conservative in a match he had to try and win and I wouldn’t be going anywhere near the 1.30 Chelsea this weekend.

Curiously the Blues have actually been better on their travels under Benitez and they were fortunate to hold on against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in their latest top flight outing.

Chelsea’s overall profile is just not one that convinces and while, quite clearly, they are superior in every department to their hosts I’m not sure they can be totally trusted.

Beaten at home by QPR and surrendering a two-goal lead against Southampton in last month are not easily forgotten and Brentford will be more than hopeful of ruffling the feathers of their illustrious opponents.

Defeat at home to Tranmere on Saturday, Brentford’s first in 15 matches at Griffin Park, was surely due to having one eye on the upcoming clash and I don’t see them rolling over.

Still very much in with a chance of promotion to The Championship, Uwe Rossler’s side remain in excellent heart and were unlucky to be held at home against Leyton Orient in midweek in a game they dominated.

2pts Back Brentford +1.5 (vs. Chelsea) @ 2.05 (Betfred)

Tom allen
Sports Pundit staff writer
Having worked as a freelance football betting journalist since graduating University with, of all things, a Psychology degree, I am delighted to now be part of the SportsPundit team.Over the new season and beyond I hope to provide you with plenty of news, views and previews in order to try and make us all just that little bit richer.My main focus of attention will be on the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League but I’ll also be keeping an eye on all things international as the 2010 World Cup approaches.Winning tips will come and go...

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