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  • on 16.04.2012
  • at 02:40 PM
  • by KT

Di Matteo’s Blues 4/1 to take a lead to Nou Camp

Stamford Bridge will welcome the all-conquering Barcelona side on Wednesday night and Chelsea will be keen to get one over on their Catalan opponents and take a lead to the Nou Camp in a weeks time.

Although underdogs for this game, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five games against Barcelona and are as big as 4/1 with Victor Chandler to win in 90 minutes. The Blues have never lost at Stamford Bridge in a Champions League semi-final (two wins, three draws) and if you fancy Chelsea they can also be backed at 11/4 in Bet365‘s ‘Draw – No Bet’ market.

It is worth noting though that 4 of those 5 games ended in a draw, and another draw here (3/1) wouldn’t be a bad result for Barcelona who unsurprisingly come in the this match as odd-on favourites (8/11Paddy Power).

The two sides have met four times in the knockout stages of the Champions League so far, with the London club progressing on just one occasion. Chelsea will be keen to prove the doubters wrong and reach the final though and are 9/2 (Victor Chandler) to do so.

Meanwhile Pep Guardiola’s men are playing in their fifth successive Champions League semi-final, the longest run in the history of the competition, and are as short as 1/6 (Paddy Power) to qualify and make it 6-in-a-row.

Whilst we all acknowledge Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, he has yet to score against Chelsea in six attempts so far. He is 8/11 with Victor Chandler to break that duck tonight and as short as 2/1 (though 5/2 generally available) to net the first goal of the game.

If Barcelona do have a weakness it is from set-pieces; an area in which Chelsea are particularly strong. If the Blues get a chance in and around the box they will be looking towards Drogba, Lampard and Terry to cause Valdes some problems in the Barca goal. The Chelsea players are 9/1, 11/1 and 33/1 to net the first goal respectively (all Victor Chandler).

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