Rafael Benitez is still looking for his first win as the hosts' interim manager but Willie Duncan believes that the home side will enjoy an easy victory on Wednesday nightChelsea go into their final Champions League Group E clash knowing that nothing less than victory will suffice if they are to keep their slim hopes of defending their title alive when they face Danish side Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Blues boss following the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in their last Champions League match and his replacement, Rafael Benitez, is still looking for his victory since replacing the Italian in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
Chelsea are without a win in their last six matches but, nevertheless, are rated as Paddy Power’s red hot favourites at 1/8 (1.13) to secure victory here.
That is because Nordsjaelland have secured just one point from their opening five group matches - a credible 1-1 home draw against Italian champions Juventus - but Kasper Hjulmand’s side have found themselves completely out of their depth in a tough group.
It is no surprise to see them available at a chunky 16/1 (17.0) with Paddy Power to shock the Blues while the same firm go 8/1 (9.0) that the match ends in stalemate.
Nordsjaelland have leaked 16 goals in their five Champions League matches and, with Chelsea fully-aware that they need to go for a convincing win and hope the other result goes their way, it looks likely to be another long night ahead for the Danish side here.
Given that the Blues cruised to a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture between these two sides, the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Paddy Power for Chelsea (-2) in the handicap market appears to represent outstanding value with the hosts desperate to make amends for a disappointing 3-1 Premier League defeat at the hands of West Ham United at the weekend.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is available at a tempting 3/1 (4.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock here but with the Spanish striker looking badly out of form, better value may lie with Torres’ fellow countryman Juan Mata – available at a chunky 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power – to open the scoring on Wednesday night.
|Chelsea (-2) to win at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
||Juan Mata to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power|
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