Soccer Picks: Chelsea vs. Cardiff City Betting Preview

Mike Richardson

Monday, October 14, 2013 7:08 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 7:08 PM GMT

It's a crackling clash of classic alliteration when Chelsea competes with Cardiff in the English Premier League next weekend. Your Humble Handicapper brings you most attractive betting odds for this encounter.

Don't forget to read our 2013-14 English Premier League Betting Futures report!

Regardless of the letters involved, your Humble Handicapper knows just how to take money out of these two teams when they tangle, with his soccer picks.

It looks to be a treat for your Humble Handicapper when Chelsea host Cardiff. After I’ve won lots of money betting the soccer odds against Newcastle United and in Liverpool FC's favour, I am expecting to have more money to throw down in front of the sportsbooks... to win back even more.

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Enough with the self congratulation… WHERE’S THE MONEY, MIKE?

Seven games in is a good enough time as any to consider the fortunes of two different sides. Also , as there have only been seven games per side played in the English Premier League, that's pretty much the best soccer stats that we've got.

At the time of this writing, Chelsea are third in the table with 14 points, tied with fourth placed Southampton. Yes that's right, tied with fourth place Southampton. Before anybody gets excited about how good Southampton will do this season, can your Humble Handicapper just go on the record and say the Saints have been very lucky to climb so high and they will not -I repeat, not- be competing in the Champions League next season. If you doubt me, know that the sportsbooks and are offering up 50/1 odds on them doing just that.

I just have to put that down in black-and-white for the benefit of my friend Alex the Greek who seems to be drunk on the success of his hometown club.

Further Down the Soccer Standings

Cardiff are one of four teams in the league on eight points: that’s a full six points behind Chelsea. The London club is not doing overly well, which isn't such a big deal when nobody seems to be doing that well in the English Premier League this season (except Southampton). The soccer odds on Chelsea winning the Premier League are 3/1 (second favourite) while them finishing in a Champions League spot is 1/5.

Enough with Southampton… Really

But for now, they have four victories, two draws and one defeat, conceding four goals and scoring ten. That's the third-best goal score tally so far (but also Southampton that team in fourth place) have conceded half as many goals as the Pensioners.

Let's stop talking about Southampton.

The bookies and the sportsbooks have the soccer odds on Chelsea winning at 1/4, Cardiff winning is at 14/1 and the draw is at 5/1.

The surest correct score odds on a Chelsea victory are 2-0, which is available at 11/2, but the soccer picks that favour Cardiff have the surest correct score odds on a Welsh victory also at 11/2.

 When you look at the soccer odds that have Chelsea winning both halves at 8/11, Cardiff winning both halves at 25/1 and the game ending drawn at the 45' and the 90' at 9/1, it really does look like there's only going to be one winner when these two sides meet.

Cardiff have two wins, two draws and three defeats in their current run and their most recent defeat coming at home against Newcastle United, which your Humble Handicapper so accurately predicted in print and on-camera.

Anybody who thought that I was daft to bet on the Geordies beating the Dragons the weekend before last is probably too busy trying to earn some money to recoup their losses to apologise.

Chelsea have won four and drawn one of their last five whilst Cardiff have only got one win in their last five games across all competitions. I think it's clear who is the winning sports pick in this game.

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Soccer Pick: Chelsea wins, Cardiff loses and the final score will be 3-0, available at 13/2 odds with William Hill

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