Two former Premier League stalwarts are hoping the god of printing money favours them at Wembley, and you could enjoy a windfall too if you try out our new Same Game Multi bets on this game, which allows you to place multiple bets in an acca on the same game.
Fulham have been paying a price for the voodoo shenanigans of mystical Felix Magath for the last four seasons – rumour has it there’s still a fridge full of brie in the physio’s room since the German’s time at the club (that must really stink by now).
The Cottagers have dispelled any cheesy remnants of relegation though, narrowly missing automatic promotion this year despite Ryan Sessegnon doing an early-career Gareth Bale impersonation by dominating games from left-back.
Villa have just completed their second term away from the big time, finishing five points behind Saturday’s opposition.
If they can just work through John Terry’s contract demands of a personal guard of honour for every game, a minute silence at Villa Park for every goal Chelsea concede, and all his teammates must tattoo a to-scale image of the lionhearted centre-half’s face over their own, then Villa could be well set to survive in the top division next season should they get past Fulham.
The treble we’ve picked out lets you see how Same Game Multi bets can add up to big returns on an single match, the three bets adding up to about 24/1.
Match Odds: Draw – 11/5
Villa finished the campaign with the third fewest goals conceded in the division, and dug out a 1-0 aggregate win over Middlesbrough in the semi-final, underlining their flinty defence.
Fulham were almost as tight through the 2017/18 Championship slog.
Were this just a league game it would smack you in the face as a tough, gritty grind. When you consider the stakes of this game, it can only mean a tense, cautious encounter. Back it to go to extra time.
Half Time: Draw – 10/11
If the two teams look like cancelling each other out in 90 minutes, the case for them doing the same in the first half is even more compelling.
Looking at Fulham’s last ten games, they’ve scored 15 goals, but only three of these have come in the first half of a game. The Villans have been similarly slow out of the blocks recently.
Barring a big mistake, it’s hard to see too many goals in the opening 45 minutes, so the draw at half time should be a good thing.
Anytime Goalscorer: Ryan Sessegnon – 21/10
The Fulham left-back has torn up the division this season, scoring 16 times and drawing the attention of the Premier League top six.
Whatever happens on Saturday, there’s every chance this will be his final appearance in the Fulham white, so he’ll have every incentive to mark the occasion with a goal.
If the deadlock is broken in the second half, Sessegnon seems like a decent punt to do it, but the anytime option has you covered if it’s an equaliser too.