Chelsea vs Spartak Moscow – French goal threat misses clash
Stamford Bridge welcomes Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night but Chelsea will be without Florent Malouda who has picked up a ankle injury.
Spartak head to London knowing they face an incredibly difficult task if they wish to come away with all three points.
Spartak are 11/1 to win become the first Russian team to beat Chelsea, but the Blues are unbeaten in their last 21 home group games and Spartak will be lucky if they can break the Chelsea defence, let alone leave with three points.
Chelsea are 1/4 to win and the win will send Carlo Ancelotti’s men through to the knock-out stages.
Malouda’s loss is a blow for Chelsea but the Blues can count on his fellow countryman Nicolas Anelka, who has seven goals in his last nine Champions League starts, and is 10/11 to score any time.
In those 21 unbeaten home games, Chelsea have only conceded in five of those and they are 5/6 to win to nil or 8/13 to keep a clean sheet.
Chelsea have won their last three games all by a 2-0 scoreline and the same result to happen is 5/1.
The Chelsea goal glut has dried up in recent weeks and it may be worth a punt on their being under 2.5 goals in the match at 6/5.
MSK Zilina vs Marseille
A win for Marseille would put them level on points with Spartak assuming they lose to Chelsea, but after the French club only just scraped through their 1-0 over Zilina a fortnight ago, the 8/11 available for Marseille seems a little short.
Zilina have been performing well in their domestic league but have struggled in the Champions League, although at 4/1 to beat Marseille, they may be worth backing in their search for their first points of the competition.
Both teams will be gunning for the win at this stage of the competition but the draw in Slovakia is 5/2. See the full UEFA Champions League betting odds here.