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Champions League specials: Five bets ahead of Chelsea vs Barcelona

The second semi-final of Europe's top competition takes place in west London where the Blues face a tricky test against the reigning champions

This game is possibly the most attractive of the Champions League semi-finals. Roberto Di Matteo has overseen a significant upturn in form since taking over at Stamford Bridge, inlcuding a brilliant performance against Napoli to see Chelsea into the quarter-finals.

Barcelona, hot on the heels of Real Madrid in Spain and hitting form at just the right time are made favourites for this game (8/11) while Chelsea can be backed at 4/1 (5.0) for victory. Here are five bets to consider if you have not quite made up your mind yet.

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MATCH BETS

BET ODDS
1
Both teams to score
3/4
Goals seem guaranteed in this game, both teams have scored in three out of Barca's last four games while Chelsea have scored in each of their last five games but have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those.

2
Chelsea to score twice
4/1
Roberto Di Matteo's side have an exceptional record at Stamford Bridge in this competition, even when their domestic form was stuttering under previous boss Andre Villas-Boas they have managed five straight wins, scoring two on each occasion.

3
Cahill to foul Messi first
8/1
William Hill are offering a market on which player will foul Lionel Messi first, with David Luiz set to miss the game through injury, Gary Cahill could be a good value pick.

4
Either side to score a penalty
7/2
The last time these two teams met in 2009 Chelsea felt they were denied several strong penalty appeals in a game that ended 1-1 thanks to a late Andres Iniesta equaliser.

5
Messi to score in Barcelona win
11/10
Another popular selection with those of the opinion Barcelona will have too much for Chelsea is the Lionel Messi wincast. This doubles the Barcelona win and Messi to score anytime markets. The Argentine striker has a staggering 14 goals to his name and at 11/10 this bet is a way to engineer more value than the outright Barcelona win at 8/11.

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