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Stuart Dalgleish 31st Oct 2011 - 22:59

Champions League can provide respite for AVB

Genk v Chelsea betting preview - 19:45 live on Sky Sports 4

Chelsea (1/4) have had a tough couple of weeks, but they should be able to see off Genk (11/1, draw 9/2) and put one foot in the knock-out stages of this year's Champions League.

Andre Villas-Boas is a young manager, and will be a success at Stamford Bridge I'm sure, but if they don't pick up three points at the Cristal Arena then pressure will increase on the former Porto chief.

The Blues now play high up the pitch and with an increased tempo, it is exciting to watch for the fans, but it has meant their defence is suffering as a consequence and they are finding clean-sheets hard to come by.

In the league they have had just one shut-out, and that was on the opening day of the season, interestingly though they have conceded only once in Europe, a late penalty at Valencia.

Their free-flowing football seems to work on the continent, and that will surely get Roman Abramovich dreaming of that elusive Champions League crown.

I'm not sure they'll achieve European glory this season, as I don't think they're as good as the big two from Spain, but they should be good for a quarter-final spot at least, and then it's all in the luck of the draw.

That sort of thinking will not be on AVB's mind as his team take the field in Belgium, he'll just be wanting a professional display to ensure that the Champions League can be put to bed until the New Year.

I think the Londoners will do the business, but it won't be as straightforward as the reverse fixture was.

Chelsea ran riot that day with a 5-0 (20/1) win at the Bridge, that amount of goals could well be on the menu again, but I'd be looking at a 3-1 (11/1) type scoreline, maybe even 3-2 (33/1) for a bit of value.

While Chelsea will still be smarting from their incredible 5-3 defeat to Arsenal, Genk fans will still be reminiscing over their sensational 5-4 win at Club Brugge over the weekend, where they were 4-2 down with 20 minutes to play.

The man that helped them achieve that win was Kevin De Bruyne (14/1 first goal), who is heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, the young midfield star bagged his first career hat-trick (150/1) and will want to impress again in front of the world's eyes.

With both teams prone to attacking football, and being suspect at the back, then looking at over 3.5 goals (6/4) is surely the way to go in this one, over 4.5 is a really attractive looking 7/2.

Fernando Torres (10/3 first goal) scored two in the reverse fixture and he's looking like getting a good run in the team now that Didier Drogba is having an operation.

The Spaniard had looked sharp before his suspension, and he could be in line for another couple of goals (11/4 to score two or more) in Belgium.

 

 
 
 

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