News that N’Golo Kante will be fit for the Europa League final will have pleased many Chelsea fans, and may have swung the odds in our favour for this tie in Baku.
Those looking for gambling deals will have seen the Blues’ odds shorten considerably, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value to be found.
Kante’s fitness has made us quite solid favourites for this one, but nobody will be getting overconfident. Maurizio Sarri is still seething about the decision to play a game on bad turf in the US last week and cost us Ruben Loftus-Cheek for our biggest game of the season.
He’s been our biggest goal threat apart from Eden Hazard this season, so maybe now those of you looking for smart bets might want to wager on fewer goals in the game, with the often conservative Mateo Kovacic now likely to start.
We think that it will be a cautious approach from both teams, especially to start with, and the “more goals in the second half than the first” bet is a classic for a cagey final.
Then again, with some of the defending we’ve seen from both sides this season, anything is possible.