Chelsea travel to Juventus tomorrow night in a contest that could seal their passage through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
The Blues currently sit second in Group E, level with Shakhtar at the top and one point ahead of tomorrow night’s opponents, but they will know that a trip to Turin is one of the toughest assignments in European football.
A victory in Italy will secure the Champions League holders’ qualification but in truth, a draw will probably be enough as well – with minnows Nordsjaelland the visitors to Stamford Bridge on the final match day in Group E.
Unsurprisingly, the hosts are the favourites in the betting for tomorrow night’s encounter, with Juve 10/11 with Paddy Power and Chelsea a 17/5 bet with BetVictor.
The Londoners are coming into the clash in poor form domestically, having not won in the Premier League for four matches – their last game being the disappointing 2-1 defeat at manager Roberto Di Matteo’s former club West Brom. It’s also worth nothing they have talismen John Terry and Frank Lampard out through injury.
Juventus, meanwhile, have been extremely solid in Serie A in 2012/13 and should have beaten Lazio at the weekend after being held to a 0-0 draw.
The Old Lady will also be encouraged by their visit to Stamford Bridge in September in the reverse fixture. It ended 2-2 but after the visitors fought back from 2-0 down, it would have felt like a victory.
The Italians are unbeaten in their last five home games against English opposition, but four of those have been draws, and this would appear to be one of the appealing bets tomorrow night. There are odds of 11/4 with Stan James if you fancy a bet on that particular outcome.
Juve have divided the goals between them this season and this is reflected in the first goalscorer betting. Fabio Quagliarella is 6/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring but there is better value about Arturo Vidal at 15/2 with Sportingbet – the pair lead the goal charts for the Turin club this campaign with eight apiece.
For the Blues, you can get 8/1 with SkyBet if you fancy Fernando Torres to find the net first, but in truth, he’s not in the greatest of form and this would represent a significant risk, despite his obvious quality.
There are a number of appealing prices in the betting, including 16/1 about Chelsea winning at half-time and a draw full-time with Blue Square. But our little fancy is the 16/1 with 888.com for a repeat of the 2-2 scoreline back in September. These things tend to happen in football.
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