Steaua v Chelsea: Blues to make European pedigree count

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Despite an impressive triumph over Ajax securing their place in the Europa League last 16, Steaua are huge underdogs to beat Chelsea at 3/1.

The Romanian side’s 2-0 victory over the Dutch champions was their third home win from four in Europe this term, which will be encouraging for those going against the favourites here.

But even odds-on at 9/10, reigning Champions League champions Chelsea appear much better value to gain a first-leg advantage.

Rafa Benitez is taking this competition seriously, as proven by his recent claim he will not prioritise even the league over tournament football.

The Blues have already won half of their European away games this term, and having registered 18 goals in all European matches also, the visitors should be backed to win a goalfest.

It is 2/1 that Chelsea win a game involving at least 2.5 goals, an outcome which appears highly plausible given that Blues ties in Europe have produced well over three goals on average this season.

The 4/5 that both teams score looks good too meanwhile, especially in light of Steaua notching in all of their European home ties so far this term.

But punters interested in that could be better instead focusing their attentions on the big 3/1 that Chelsea win a game in which both defences are breached.

It should also be noted that Chelsea have led at both half-time and full-time in three of their four European wins so far this term, so half markets may be worth studying.

A 13/8 price is attributed to the possibility of that pattern repeating itself, whilst the travellers are huge at 9/2 to win both halves.

Despite proving a regular goalscorer in European competition meanwhile, Oscar continues to be available at big value prices to open the scoring in matches.

Even after five goals in six outings, the Brazilian remains a 9/1 chance to break the deadlock.

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

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