Copenhagen vs Chelsea – Count on Anelka saving Ancelotti’s face

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Copenhagen may well be considered the weakest team in the Champions League second round draw, but Stale Solbakken’s could upset a few punters on Tuesday night.

Carlo Ancelotti desperately needs a win and his side are the short favourites, but Copenhagen have already held Barcelona at the Parken in this season’s Champions League and are yet to lose a league game at their home ground this season.

Match Odds

Copenhagen’s incredible record at home coupled with Chelsea’s ionability to win away ties in the Champions League knockout stages – just two wins from 15 – makes Copenhagen a huge price at 9/2 to win.

Chelsea are short at 4/6 considering their recent form but have a strong record in Denmark winning three and drawing one of the four legs, and it’s the draw that looks the most appealing in the betting at 5/2.

Chelsea are 1/8 to qualify with Copenhagen available at 9/2, and while Chelsea may not take a winning advantage to Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti’s side should still qualify.

Total Goals

Nicolas Anelka could be the key to Chelsea taking an away goal advantage into the second leg and the Frenchman has scored eight goals in his last 10 Champions League appearances, including five goals from just seven shots this season and is 9/2 to score first and 6/5 to score any time.

Copenhagen have scored 35 goals in 11 home games and have scored in all of their Champions League ties this season despite boasting a shooting accuracy of 29% in the Champions League.

Chelsea old boy Jesper Gronkjaer is 14/1 to get the first goal and the 1-1 result is available at 6/1.

Under 2.5 goals appeals at 4/6 with Chelsea to come from behind and draw a big price at 15/2.

A £25 stake on Gronkjaer scoring first and the game ending 1-1 would return £1,675. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.