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The Blues are priced as the 4/9 favourites

Andre Villas-Boas dips his toe into Champions League waters as a manager for the first time this evening when Chelsea entertain Bayer Leverkusen.

An indifferent start to the Premier League season has served to dampen expectations at Stamford Bridge for this coming campaign. There is a growing realisation and understanding that it will take time for Villas-Boas to implement his ideas and that this season may not be a fruitful one in terms of trophies.

Nevertheless, Chelsea are expected to qualify from Champions League Group E with relative comfort. Starting with a win at home to last season’s Bundesliga runners-up Bayer Leverkusen.

Didier Drogba remains unavailable for the Blues following the concussion he sustained against Norwich while Michael Essien is a long-term absentee.

Michael Ballack could feature against his old club after staring in Leverkusen’s 4-1 win against Augsburg on Friday.

“I was very happy with Michael Ballack and he was particularly active last night,” said Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt. “But I still don't know whether he will play on Tuesday in Chelsea.”

The German Bundesliga has adopted an upward trend in terms of quality and excitement in recent years but there is still a chasm between it and its English equivalent. And that is reflected in the match odds betting markets where the Blues are priced as the 4/9 favourites, the draw is 7/2 and Leverkusen are big outsiders at 7/1.

Chelsea have not lost any of their last 23 Champions League group stage home games (17 wins and six draws) while a German side have never beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in European competition. There are no obvious reasons to suggest that those statistics won’t be embellished this Tuesday evening.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 13/09/2011 - 12:13 PM
Filed in:- Champions League Betting News, Chelsea

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