Rafa Benitez’s men have to turn around a 1-0 deficit to progress in the Europa League, Hugh Wilson thinks the Blues will do it in style and has a 13/10 value bet to feast onAfter a brilliant comeback at the weekend for Chelsea in the FA Cup, their attention now turns to a potential banana skin in the Europa League second-leg game against Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.
Raul Rusescu’s penalty separated the sides last week in Romania and gives the visitors a first-leg advantage. A below-par performance from Rafael Benitez’s men followed a trend in European competitions this season, where the pressure of being Champions of Europe seems to be affecting them.
However, despite some poor results on the continent, Chelsea remain unbeaten at home and they are 4/11 (1.36) with Paddy Power to come out on top in this fixture.
Steaua have recorded some impressive away results in this year’s competition, drawing with Stuttgart and FC Copenhagen, as well as beating Molde.
However, Chelsea may be a step too far for the Romanians, which is highlighted in the odds of 8/1 (9.00) for them to cause a shock.
For those who think Laurentiu Reghecampf’s men can hold out for a draw, then Paddy Power offer 15/4 (3.75) for this outcome, with odds of 6/1 (7.00) for them to qualify for the next round.
The odds on Chelsea to qualify may look appetising at 8/13 (1.62), but the handicap market may be the place to have a dabble.
Chelsea -1 is evens (2.00) and taking into consideration the fact the Blues have averaged three goals per game at home in Europe this season, it’s hard to look past this bet.
For those looking for more value, look no further than Chelsea’s hero at the weekend, Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international kick started the turn around against Manchester United and also scored the vital late goal versus Prague that saw them progress into the next round.
The 22 year-old has struck seven goals this season and is 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to open the scoring.
The standout price of 13/10 (2.30) for Hazard to score anytime is a safer bet though and is certainly looks to be worth backing.
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