B Leverkusen v Chelsea: Goals expected at the BayArena

Villas-Boas has a tough decision on who to start upfront

Chelsea travel to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena, in what may be seen as a must-win game for the Londoners. If the Germans are victorious, they will enter the last round of fixtures as group-leaders and with the pressure already building up on Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea future, Mr Abramovich will surely accept nothing less than three points on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea enter this match, having lost three of their last six fixtures and their main downfall this season has been their defensive problems. Their captain and defensive-leader, John Terry, has once again found himself at the centre of another scandal and regardless of what he and his teammates say, it is affecting him on the field. Add to that, the lack of a solid, first choice back four, which undoubtedly effects the goalkeeper’s confidence, we have seen some less-than-convincing performances from a normally reliable Petr Cech.

At the other end of the pitch, Villas-Boas has a tough decision on who to start upfront. After sitting on the bench for the best part of 85 minutes on Sunday, Fernando Torres will more than likely make the starting XI this time around and despite being a man short-on-confidence at the moment, he is still a world class striker that the Leverkusen defence will have to keep on top off.

Leverkusen, will no doubt be looking for their captain Simon Rolfes and Michael Ballack to control the game and it will be their responsibility to find the passes required to give either Stefan Kießling or André Schürrle, both of whom should start, the chance to gun-down The Blues. One man who may steal the headlines is Sidney Sam, whose speed and trickery are enough to bamboozle most fullbacks and he may benefit from Ashley Coles eagerness to bomb forward. If given enough space he can certainly cause a problem or two in the final third. Sky Bet are offering 7/2 on him scoring anytime and 10/1 for him to bag the opener.

This is certainly a tough game to call, and can realistically go either way, so I would advise staying clear of the match-winner market when placing any bets. One thing that both teams have in common this season is that both are capable of scoring goals, whilst both are also finding it difficult to keep clean-sheets. Betfred are offering 4/5 for both teams to score and I can’t see either side letting us down.

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Back both teams to score @ 4/5 with Betfred

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 23/11/2011 - 09:25 AM
Filed in:- Champions League Betting News, Chelsea

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