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David Thompson 18th Oct 2011 - 20:01

A Bridge too far for struggling Genk!


Chelsea v Genk

UEFA Champions League

19:45 - live on Sky Sports 2

Andre Villas-Boas' side entertains Belgian champions Genk at Stamford Bridge as the Group E leaders go into their third group stage game. Chelsea go into the game as huge favourites and are 1/8  to claim all three points whilst Genk can be back at a massive 20/1.

As champions of the Eerste Klasse plus previous experience in the Champions league the odds seem out of the ordinary, however Genk sit mid-table and are on a run of three consecutive defeats after suffering a string of injuries and the loss of their coach, Frank Vercauteren, in August.

André Villas-Boas will be familiar Genk having led his old side Porto to a 7-2 aggregate win in the UEFA Europa League play-offs last season. Genk will be without a host of players, but the only notable absentee for the Blues will be Ramires after he picked up a knock to his knee in the weekend win against Everton in the Premier League.

Chelsea have gone about their business in the league quietly this season and after eight games lay in third on 19 points. The weekend's game against Everton was a relatively easy affair and with them not having to travel and having a day extra to recover with this being a Wednesday fixture, the squad should be fresh and eager to extend their lead in Group E.

The only dilemma facing the Chelsea manager is whether to include Fernando Torres (3/1 first goalscorer). The striker has missed the last two league games due to his domestic three-game ban, and in his absence Daniel Sturridge (7/2 first goalscorer) has scored three times and has worked well in the three-pronged forward line with Juan Mata (5/4 anytime goalscorer)and Didier Drogba (8/11 anytime goalscorer).

Although going well in the league, the attacking style of play that Villas-Boas is in the process of installing at Chelsea has had one unwanted side effect. Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous seven league games, their longest sequence since 2003, and with the odds at 7/5 for both teams to score this could be a market worth having a look at.

Another bet well worth a mention would be the EVS on offer for the second half to be the highest scoring half. As in most Champions League games the away team will want to keep things tight until half time before attempting to try their luck in the second half and steal the three points. This is when Chelsea will have their best opportunity to open up the depleted Genk side and earn you double your money.

Villas-Boas has reiterated the thought of many this week that Barcelona "have set the benchmark for modern football," but he also alluded to the fact that their dominance cannot last. With Chelsea at 9/1 for this year's UEFA Champions League the Portuguese coach puts emphasis on "how you achieve your titles" however deep down he knows it is what is in the trophy cabinet that counts. Abramovich has judged the performance of his managers on their performance in this completion, and with a win a Genk on Wednesday night Villas-Boas will have gone a long way to securing his chance to a take a run at the biggest knock-out games in European football.

As always William Hill will be offering a huge range of available pre-match and In-play betting on this tie, and they will be available to you via all betting channels including, Phone, Mobile and Text. It appears to be another easy victory at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea, so look to the scorer markets and stick the 1/8 into you mid-week accumulator.



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