Chelsea head into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid as slight favourites for victory, but with a Madrid derby in the offing, the Rojiblancos will be out to cause an upset.
The Blues are 5/4 for victory and 10/11 to qualify for the next round, with Atleti out at 5/2 for the win while a draw on the night can be backed at 21/10.
But with 105 markets available for the match, we’ve picked out three of the best bets to back on the night.
The Blues have become specialists in winning to nil at Stamford Bridge this season both domestically and in Europe and in the wake of their defensive/counter-attacking masterclass at Anfield on Sunday, it’s difficult to argue against a repeat.
Chelsea have won each of their last four home fixtures to nil in this competition, including victories in crunch knockout stage wins over Galatasaray and Paris Saint-Germain. Eight of their last nine Premier League home wins have also featured a clean sheet for the Londoners and it’s difficult to see any other outcome here.
Jose Mourinho’s team have also made a habit of coming out the blocks early at home in Europe, scoring the first goal of the game in the first half of each of their five fixtures in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge this season.
Having scored the first goal of the game in the first half in four of their last six competitive games, another bright start here could see you cash in.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man and in the case of Demba Ba, the past few weeks have seen the Senegalese forward emerge as a real game changer for Chelsea, having scored crucial goals against the likes of PSG, Swansea and most recently Liverpool.
With Fernando Torres still toiling to no avail and Samuel Eto’o not 100% fit, Ba is the man in-form and whether he starts or appears as a substitute, it wouldn’t be a big shock to see him find the net again at a crucial time for the Blues.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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