iBet: Mourinho May Pick Much Stronger Side Than Wenger For Capital One Cup Clash

Gareth Purnell

Capital One Cup

Arsenal V Chelsea, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1

Lay Arsenal at 2.7 with Betfair (consider ‘lay to back’ strategy)

Chelsea were a little bit lucky to beat Manchester City on Sunday, but there has been clear and steady improvement in the side over the last few games and the camp must be full of confidence, especially as Fernando Torres appears to have regained his spark. However, my decision to recommend going against the home side here is more about the teams that the two managers are likely to pick.

Arsene Wenger traditionally uses the Capital One Cup to blood his youngsters. Indeed he has confirmed that he will rotate the squad, which in truth isn’t all that deep in terms of real quality. Even if he wanted to include some of his more experienced players, he has problems, with Arteta banned following his sending off on Saturday; Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby, Podolski and Flamini all injured; and Giroud likely to be rested.

Chelsea have plenty of depth of quality in their ranks and even though he probably will not play his best 11, you sense that Mourinho will pick a pretty strong team that might just have too much for a young Arsenal squad. The Gunners’ price could well drift when the teams are announced and this could feasibly be one of those markets where it’s possible to could make a risk-free profit by laying them now with Betfair and backing them just before kick-off, so you make money whatever happens.

Chelsea are the new 9/4 favourites for the Premier League title after beating Manchester City (13/5 with Bet365) 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Arsenal are best priced at 11/2 with BetVictor with Liverpool at 8/1 (Ladbrokes and Coral). Manchester United have drifted out to 10/1 despite getting three points at the weekend, while if you fancy Spurs you might want to back them on Betfair where you can get 25/1, compared to around 16/1 with the fixed odds firms.


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