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P.J. Murray 6th Apr 2011 - 5:07

Battle of the Bridge

The Champions league final of 2008 will live long in the memory of Chelsea and tonight see's their chance for redemption.

A win for Chelsea here could seriously damage the chances of Man United doing the 'treble double' and gain some revenge for the aforementioned final.  Trailing Man United in the Premier League by an almost unassailable lead, the Champions League remains their last hope of winning some silverware this season.

As with all big games we are offering a Match Winner Special on this clash. Frank Lampard netted from the spot in 2008, we have enhanced him to 8/1 to repeat this feat tonight, while at 9/2 you can back Man United to produce what is now their trademark late late goal. If United score in the last 10 minutes, including injury time, you will be on to a winner.

Both sides are 5/6 to qualify as it is such a tight tie to call but Chelsea are 23/20 to take a win away from Stamford Bridge. Man United are 5/2 and the draw is at 11/5. However Man United have won on all four occasions that they have been paired against English opposition. The last win for United at Chelsea came in 2002.

Fernando Torres has the chance to finally justify his multi multi million pound transfer fee, if the former Liverpool man can score against United he will undoubtedly go some way to win the support of the fans. El Nino is 4/1 to score the first goal of the match.

Ancelloti has yet to pick the perfect striker combo and he will have to decide if he wants Drogba or Anelka to partner his big signing. Anelka is their top scorer in Europe and is 9/2 to score first. The new hero of the Bridge, Luiz, is out due to being cup-tied.

Alex Ferguson's side may be firing in the Premier League but they have the lowest goals tally of the teams in the quarter-finals. After his hat-trick at the weekend, Wayne Rooney is a big price at 6/1 to score first, the Scouser is also 7/4 to score at anytime during the match. Will Rooney let his feet, rather than his mouth, do the talking for a change?

Peter Czech is another player looking to make up for the 2008 final, the keeper has the best save percentage in the competition and is 23/20 to keep a clean sheet.

A heated battle is expected and Nemanja Vidic is never one to shy away from a tackle, the Serb is 10/1 to be carded first. Chris Smalling is still frustrated over 'the penalty that never was' in his opinion as he was adjudged to have tripped Yuri Zhirkov which gave Chelsea the spot kick to win their last encounter. Smalling is also 10/1 to be first player carded. 9/4 is the price for a red card to be shown in the match.

With this being the first leg of the tie, the onus will on with Chelsea to do the chasing and make their home advantage count, United will be happy to take a 0-0 to Old Trafford. Under 2.5 goals in this match is 4/7. United are priced at 6/4 draw no bet is tempting considering that their mentality will be aimed towards securing at least a draw.

As with most people I personally find this game hard to predict, given the requirements for both sides it's hard to see who is going to dominate. With them being the form team I would excpect United to put it up to Chelsea so at 6/4 I would be backing United draw no bet.



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