Midweek Betting Guide: Arsenal vs Chelsea & Rangers v Aberdeen
Midweek action this Wednesday focuses on the Carabao Cup, with Manchester City having confirmed their place in the final with an exciting win over Bristol City on Tuesday. Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night for the second leg of their semi-final clash.
The tie is level at 0-0 on aggregate, but Chelsea are the favourites to win and go through to the final, with Betway having the Blues at 13/8 on the 1X2 market. Arsenal are at 9/5, with the draw at 12/5. Of course, in the event of a draw tonight, we will need extra time to determine the result. Then away goals will be taken into account. If things are still level, then it goes to penalties. Betway have Arsenal at 6/5 to qualify for the final, with Chelsea again favourites at 4/6.
Chelsea ended a run of five consecutive draws with a 4-0 win at Brighton at the weekend. Arsenal head into the game after an emphatic 4-1 home win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and have lost just once to Chelsea in their last seven meetings. With things likely to be tight, punters might be tempted into betting on the first goalscorer, with one goal maybe enough to decide the tie. William Hill have Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette at 11/2 to score the first goal, while Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is at 4/1, and star man Eden Hazard at 6/1.
If you fancy the correct score markets, then William Hilll also has Chelsea for a 1-0 win at 10/1, with the same odds for the Gunners for the same scoreline. A 0-0 draw is at 11/1. Punters can possibly find good value by opting for the Gunners in this tie, but it would be a brave person who bet against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea reaching Wembley. The game will be tight, though, so the prediction is a 1-0 win to the Blues, and a trip to the final for their fans.
Tempting football bets North of the Border
Elsewhere in the football world, there is plenty of action in Scotland for punters looking for good value bets. There are four games in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening, with Rangers v Aberdeen probably the highlight.
The clash always has something of a derby feel to it, with the two sets of fans having a well-documented dislike for each other. That should make for a passionate encounter at Ibrox, with Betfred having the Gers favourites for the tie at 9/10. A bet on Aberdeen to win at 3/1 looks a good bet, with the draw at a tempting 5/2.
The Gers last game before the winter break was a 0-0 draw away at Celtic, while the Dons knocked St Mirren out of the Scottish Cup at the weekend, winning 4-1. The recent Derek McInnes saga adds a little spice to the contest too.
The other SPFL Premiership games where you might find some tempting in-play bets tonight are: Dundee v Hibs, Hamilton Accies v Hearts and Motherwelll v Ross County.