Anelka just won't get Bord of scoring
Nicolas Anelka has been scoring like there is no tomorrow recently. Anelka travels with his Chelsea side to his native France to face Bordeaux in their penultimate Champions League group match.
The 'Incredible Sulk' has amazingly had a smile on his face in recent weeks making the most of Didier Drogba's absence from the side. Anelka has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances (in all competitions) so far this season with eight coming in his last six matches.
Anelka's strike rate in the Champions League has been less impressive than his overall record with just one goal, at home against tonight's opponents, in the four matches.
Drogba could well make a return to the starting line-up tonight though as he is only suspended from domestic action. With Phil Scolari preferring his 4-3-3 formation then there will probably be room for just one of the strikers. Which one is anyone's guess as Anelka is the man in form but Drogba is generally the better player.
The in-form Anelka is priced at 4/1 to score the crucial first goal tonight and if he gets the nod from Scolari to start this is a price worth taking.
Whoever Scolari picks to lead the line will need to help Chelsea to the three points this evening. In the last round of matches Chelsea had a miserable time of it with a 3-1 defeat in the Stadio Olimpico against Roma. That result coupled with Bordeaux's win against Cluj means that Chelsea are now just one point ahead of both Roma and Bordeaux.
But a win tonight and Scolari's side will be through to the next stage with a game to spare. It will be no easy passage though for the Blues despite the fact that in the reverse fixture Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners.
After Chelsea could only manage a goalless draw with Newcastle at the weekend confidence will not be as high as it could be in the camp. The same can be said of Bordeaux. They also could only draw at home at the weekend, 1-1 with Rennes.
Bordeaux currently sit 6th in Ligue 1 and are undefeated at home in the league, but in the Champions League they were beaten 3-1 by Roma at home.
Chelsea's superior ability should come to the fore this evening. Chelsea should maintain their record of not going two consecutive games without a win under Scolari by registering their first away win in this season's competition.
Chelsea can be backed at 3/4 for the win and this looks too good to turn down. The draw is a 12/5 shot and the home win is available at 4/1.