Having overseen two backs-to-the-wall performances in the past week, Al Hain-Cole expects Jose Mourinho to keep things tight yet again in tonight's Champions League clash
Having successfully secured a goalless draw in the away leg, Jose Mourinho’s men are 13/10 (2.30) favourites with bet365 to complete the job by coming out on top in 90 minutes this evening.
However, the visitors come into this clash on the back of a nine-match winning streak in the league and are available at 5/2 (3.50) to record a victory that would see them to their first European Cup final since 1974.
Los Rojiblancoss picked up a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on the way to knocking out Barcelona in the quarter-finals, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them holding on for another stalemate this evening.
Although Mourinho made no secret of his annoyance at having to face title rivals Liverpool in the middle of such crucial European commitments, the lack of preparation time was arguably negated by the manager’s almost identical gameplan for each fixture.
Having masterminded a defensive performance in Madrid on Tuesday, the Portuguese boss was able to take almost the same tactical blueprint to Anfield on Sunday, albeit with a few changes to personnel.
While the hosts may have to show slightly more ambition in front of their own fans tonight, they are unlikely to take too many risks against a similarly ruthless counterattacking outfit, meaning a cagey affair should be in the offing.
A return of just seven goals scored in their last seven games in this competition suggests Chelsea should struggle to break down a side that have only conceded five in 11 Champions League ties this season, while their own record of four consecutive European home clean sheets suggests defences should be very much on top tonight.
Considering this pair have conceded just 12 goals in 22 games combined in Europe this season, odds of 6/4 (2.50) seem safe on no more than one being scored when they come face-to-face in a tight match this evening.
|Under 1.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365
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