Premier League Betting: Cardiff City vs. Chelsea

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 7, 2014 2:59 PM UTC

With Chelsea’s title hopes living on a prayer their final act comes down to heap more misery on Cardiff City, now a confirmed Premier League drop out. Find out what soccer odds are currently in swing and where the value soccer picks are to be had.

Chelsea’s title hopes live on a prayer
Chelsea’s title hopes are living on a prayer. Matched at staggering +15000 futures odds to lift the Premier League title by week’s end, a lot would have to go their way to accomplish the feat. Most of which so fanciful, it would be the equivalent of a modern day miracle.

Most likely, Jose Mourinho and his Blues will play an insignificant role in the ultimate outcome of the season. Wasn’t it the Special One who claimed all season long Chelsea wouldn’t win the title. Of course, when he was saying it, he was partaking in his own special brand of mind games. But goes to show: be wary of self-fulfilling prophecies.

Cardiff City meanwhile have had their relegation papers served on the weekend. Confirmed Premier League dropouts following a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday, they are now the dubious owners of bottom spot with a 7-9-21 mark and 30 points. Whether they close the season propping up the league depends on the outcome of their final lap of top flight. If they can somehow beat Chelsea and, at the same time, Fulham stumbles at home to Crystal Palace, then they’d at least finish 19th, small consolation though that is ahead of Championship soccer.

Match Betting Tips and Picks:
Chelsea are installed as the firm favourites at -275 to win outright at Cardiff City Stadium. They were bound to be the favourites given their lofty standards and the gap in quality and depth between them and their hosts. But Chelsea are flush off an inexplicable scoreless draw to Norwich City at the weekend, a side not only mired in the battle with Sunderland for the final Premier League spot but also the side that is winning this battle now across sportsbooks with -10000 future odds trading on their relegation prospects ahead of the final week.

Chelsea’s misstep against Norwich City takes the shine off their odds somewhat. It would be misleading to suggest otherwise. It must give Cardiff City a vestige of hope of turning the odds in their favour, if only for pride’s sake. What’s more, Chelsea can’t take anything for granted either. Complacency can make easy matches (on paper) tough to win, especially when there is something at stake on both sides of the coin.

Listed at +750 to win outright, sportsbooks are writing off Cardiff City entirely. But given that they are faced with Championship ignominy next season, mightn’t they be inspired to give their fans one last chance to cheer in Premier League action.

Soccer Betting Verdict: On paper, this is a Chelsea win. As such, banking on Chelsea’s fancied soccer odds of -275 to win outright would seem to be the right choice for your soccer picks.

Smart money however might be on the unthinkable. Cardiff City have nothing to lose. To all intents and purposes, their season is done and done. But they have home advantage as well as an obligation to their fans. What’s more, Chelsea’s road form does leave much to be desired in recent weeks – defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace spring to mind. Not to mention, defeat to Sunderland as well as a draw to Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

The more we think on it the more it would appear impolite not to dip into Cardiff City’s +750 soccer odds to win outright. When odds makers serve up such delightful dishes, they’re too good to pass up. If the outright upset is too much for your appetite, the draw is trading at +375 or you could hedge your soccer picks by taking Cardiff City or the Draw at +225 in the double chance market.

Soccer Free Picks: Cardiff City to win outright at +750

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