Shakhtar Donetsk - Chelsea Betting Preview: Why both teams will find the back of the net
The Blues cannot stop scoring, while their hosts have netted in every game for almost a year. Phil Kitromilides believes backing both of them to be on target is a certaintyThe reigning European champions head to Ukraine in fine form for their third match in this season's Champions League, having won each of their last six games in all competitions.
Top of the Premier League and unbeaten, Chelsea will therefore be confident of getting a positive result in Donetsk despite being acutely aware of the intimidating nature of a trip to the Donbass Arena.
William Hill price a victory for the Blues at 15/8 (2.87) while a home win can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) with the draw offered at 11/5 (3.20).
Chelsea's excellent run can in part be attributed to their impressive goalscoring record, with Roberto Di Matteo's men notching four goals in each of their last three matches.
The price of 20/1 (21.00) for them to score four or more goals again this evening might tempt a few punters looking for a value bet, yet a more sensible investment would seem to be backing both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73).
Chelsea have only failed to score in one of the 13 competitive matches they have played so far this season, and their chances of finding the back of the net in Donetsk look good with Shakhtar keeping just one clean sheet in their last five games.
Yet at the other end of the pitch the Ukranians are extremely dangerous, with nearly a year passing since they failed to score in a competitive match.
With both sides in exceptional goal scoring form then, backing them both to get on the score sheet at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill would appear to be the most logical selection for this attractive looking fixture.
|Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
||Chelsea to score four goals or more at 20/1 (21.00) with William Hill|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.
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