Champions League: qualification at stake as Chelsea meet Valencia

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Money back on losing correct score and first player to score bets if Chelsea don’t qualify to the final 16

The pressure is well and truly on Chelsea as they look to ensure advancement from Group E in the Champions League.

Under-fire Andres Villas-Boas will name as strong a side as possible, with his charges 8/11 to win the match and give themselves a chance of winning the group.

A goalless draw would also do for the Blues in terms of certifying their progression to the knockout phase, and a 0-0 scoreline is priced at 8/1, with the draw in itself 11/4.

Valencia would advance with a score draw, and a win would see the Spanish outfit afforded the opportunity to top the group depending on Bayer Leverkusen’s result.

They are 7/2 to achieve a famous victory at Stamford Bridge, but with the Champions League so close to Roman Abramovich’s heart, it seems a game that the London side wouldn’t dare lose.

Chelsea’s high line of defence has been a topic of much debate so far this year, and the lack of pace which is now plaguing John Terry, coupled with the erratic displays of David Luiz, makes Villas-Boas’ men look vulnerable.

Whilst the three-time Premier League champions should have too much class for their opposition, a side boasting Roberto Soldado is enough of a threat to make the 5/2 for a Chelsea win with both teams to score look a superb bet.

Similarly, score betting could be a good way to turn a profit on the match, with a 3-1 Chelsea win looking big at 16/1.

It is difficult to predict Chelsea’s starting line-up in this new regime, and a preference to alternate the side between European and domestic fixtures has been evident.

Daniel Sturridge has become somewhat of a regular though, and, with pace and trickery in abundance, odds of 5/1 for him to hit the first goal should be respected.

Juan Mata is 7/1 to notch first against his former employers, whilst 6/1 is the price attributed to Soldado, who has five in five in the Champions League.

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