Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea: All roads lead to 1-1 in Portugal

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Following match-week one in Chelsea’s Champions League Group G, all four teams are still on a level playing field after both games ended in one-all draws.

As Jose Mourinho takes his side back to his native Portugal to face Sporting Lisbon in the second round of fixtures, we’re banking on another 1-1 result among our three best bets for the match:

Game to finish 1-1 @ 6/1

Not only did both matches in this group finish one apiece last time, but the score line has been Sporting’s most common by far this term.

Five of their seven matches in all competitions have ended that way, as well as two of their three home games.

Sporting to win or draw @ 11/10

As you can imagine with enough 1-1 draws to build a raft, the Lions are a tough side to beat.

They haven’t suffered a defeat yet this term and are unbeaten in 16 home games in European competition, with their 13 wins and three draws dating back to a 2010/11 loss to Brondby in the Europa League play-offs.

Loic Remy to score at anytime @ 5/4

Diego Costa, according to Mourinho, isn’t fit enough to start two games in a week. Having completed 81 minutes of the Blues’ 3-0 rout of Aston Villa at the weekend, the Spazilian isn’t expected to lead the line with Arsenal Chelsea’s next opponents.

Didier Drogba took Costa’s starting berth last time out in this competition but was lacklustre, so Remy – who has only been present at kick off once since his move – is the far better option to find the net in Estádio José Alvalade.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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