In what is sure to be an entertaining match as usual, the 2012 MLS All-Star Game kicks off Wednesday at 8:30pm EDT at PPL Park, just outside of Philadelphia.
But Chelsea won UEFA Champions League and is a club with players that are used to playing with each other. So why would the MLS stars have any chance of winning?
Well let’s look at the basics along with some stats here.
Since the MLS All-Star Game went from an Eastern vs. Western Conference format to playing an invited UK-based club in 2005, the Stars have won four, drawn once and lost twice – both times to Manchester United. One of those wins - as mentioned earlier - was against Chelsea and that was coming off the Blues' 2005-06 season in which they won the Premier League.
Though Chelsea will likely be a more cohesive squad based off having played together for a while, this is the start of its pre-season training, and the London club will still be looking to test newly acquired pieces that were added in the off-season, which essentially means that this is transition time.
Departing from Chelsea after its still-unbelievable Champions League finals victory were Didier Drogba, Saloman Kalou and Jose Bosingwa. Joining the Blues during the transfer window are Belgian international Eden Hazard, German Marko Marin, and the highly coveted target Oscar - who is with Brazil’s Olympic team right now and will not play Wednesday.
The All-Stars, led by D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen, will be coming into the match with the league's crème de la crème, including Dwayne De Rosario, Thierry Henry, David Beckham, league-leading goalscorer Chris Wondolowkski, and Landon Donovan - who with his 12th all-star selection will break Eddie Pope’s old record of 11 appearances at the mid-season classic.
The Stars will want to come out and show the world that MLS is a legitimate league with lots of talent, and will indeed bring it in the early going so look at early goals in the first half as a viable option.
The draw result is also paying nicely at 4.00. Chelsea also drew PSG 1-1 a few nights ago in the U.S. as part of its North American tour, which wraps up with a match versus AC Milan this weekend.
A draw/home result in the halftime/fulltime offerings is set at 12.00, or if you are thinking Chelsea will pull it off check out the draw/away at 4.33. If at the end of 90 minutes the score is tied, the game will go directly to penalties, so make sure you check out Ladbrokes.com for the live in-play offerings for updated odds.
Look for an over 2.5 considering this is a more or less a friendly along with the fact that four of the last seven All-Star Games have generated over four goals.
Also keep in mind that in this game 10 substitutions will be allowed.
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