Chelsea v Newcastle – Bolton v Tottenham

A very nice win on Fulham last night at 5/1 and it could have been even better had Everton held on. I actually thought the draw was very likely too but it’s hard to justify having it any greater than the 30% I had it in any match and the attacking way in which Everton had been playing meant I saw greater value in backing them.
The other cup Finalists Chelsea play tonight and I’m pretty sure they’ll make changes like Liverpool too making 1.53 very short. Newcastle are dangerous at their best but took a right hiding form Wigan at the weekend. You would expect this game to be open with both teams feeling they need to win to be in with a chance of 4th and that potential champions league spot with Tottenham likely to beat Spurs tonight. Chelsea may get there on their own merit, making 4th spot worthless, if they can beat Bayern but I’m sure they won’t be resting on this laurel but neither team will feel completely out of it if it’s a draw too. The draw price is quite high as Chelsea have been rather resilient this season, scoring few but not conceding too many either and with many replacements this could be a low scoring affair. Newcastle will certainly be aiming to be much tighter at the back than they were in their last game.
In tonight’s other fixture Bolton host Tottenham and will feel they need to get a result to ease their relegation fears. I’m not too sure they’ll be settling for a point here as although they have more winnable games to come against Stoke and WBA nothing can be taken for granted at this late stage. So if it’s an open affair Spurs should win by at least a couple and if Bolton were to try and shut up shop or park the bus I still think they’d make a mistake and Tottenham will score as I don’t think they are not good enough defensively to employ this tactic. I was very impressed with Spurs in their last game, even with Blackburn playing so negatively. They look to be back to their best and Harry and his team will feel hard done by in terms of the England job and this will provide added motivation.
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