A familiar face awaits Jose Mourinho's side when they travel to Turkey on Wednesday night and our tipster, Hugh Wilson, is backing a tight start between the two sides
Chelsea and Galatasaray face off in the Champions League tonight, with all three English clubs struggling in their first leg matches so far.
With Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all losing 2-0, the Blues could be the only English representatives left in the competition by the next round if they can overcome Roberto Mancini's men and gain an advantage after the match in Istanbul.
The Turkish Champions had to battle through a tough group with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid. Gala managed to beat Juventus in the last game week 1-0 - a match surrounded in controversy regarding the state of the pitch - to grab the second qualifying spot after Real Madrid ran away with their group.
Mancini's men are currently on a fantastic run of form, only being beaten once in their last 20 matches. With a victory over rivals Besiktas at the weekend, they will be full of confidence. bet365 price the home side at 31/10 (4.10) to win the match.
Chelsea also come into this game on the back of a win too, with a last minute goal securing three valuable points against Everton.
The Blues top the Premier League by a point, with Arsenal and Man City just behind. Mourinho's men also topped their Champions League group, despite losing to Basel twice. The Blues had a relatively easy group, with Steaua and Schalke the other sides. bet365 price them at 21/20 (2.05) to win this first leg. The same firm backs the draw at 12/5 (3.40).
This match sees Didier Drogba make a return against his former side and a lot has been made about his feelings for the club. The second leg could prove to be the emotional match, with Drogba returning to the Bridge for the first time but expect him to be fired up to make his mark in the tie. He is 15/2 (8.50) to open the scoring tonight.
With a tight first leg expected, under 2.5 goals would have been a play with bet365, but the price of 8/13 (1.62) doesn't offer enough value to consider recommending.
Instead, it's worth looking at the half time result market, with draw standing out at 11/10 (2.10). It should be a cagey opening 45 minutes in Turkey, with both sides aware of what is at stake and keen not to give too much away. After both teams involved in tight matches which were level at half time in the final round of group stages, this match should have a good chance of being level at half time.
|Draw at half time for a 1pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365
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