Referee booking improves Chelsea’s Champions League chances

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Pedro Proenca has unofficially been named as the referee for the Champions League final and his appointment is a boost for Chelsea’s chances of lifting the trophy at 7/4.

Although UEFA have yet to make the decision publicly, reports suggest that the Portuguese official has already been informed that he will be in charge at the Allianz Arena.

And this appears better news for Chelsea than Bayern Munich based on the results when he has officiated matches involving English and German teams in the past.

Proenca has only refereed one England v Germany encounter previously, when Manchester United faced Schalke in the Champions League last season and Sir Alex Ferguson’s men ran out 4-1 winners.

In total, Proenca has been in charge of four Champions League fixtures involving English clubs and they are yet to lose with three wins and a draw.

One of these victories also came this season when Manchester City triumphed 3-0 in Villarreal.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will have to hope that it is third time lucky for them this season, as they have been beaten in both of their previous games under Proenca’s control.

It is 10/3 that Chelsea continue the strong record of English clubs with a success inside the 90 minutes, while Bayern Munich’s odds in the same market are 3/4.

However, players from both sides will have to be on their best behaviour as Proenca is certainly not afraid to pull out his red card on the big stage.

To date, only Jens Lehmann has ever been sent off in the inaugural 90 minutes of a Champions League final after being given his marching orders during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2006.

But Didier Drogba was also shown a red card during extra time in 2008.

Proenca has sent off two players in just four Champions League outings this season and he could be heavily involved again should things get heated in the Allianz Arena.

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Craig Kemp

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