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Michael Taylor 20th Oct 2009 - 15:57

Chelsea have the perfect opportunity to get back on track

After another disappointing away loss at the weekend it seems Carlo Ancelotti's honeymoon period at Stamford Bridge is well and truly over but that still shouldn't mean Atletico Madrid can leave London with any points.

Madrid's second team deservedly grabbed a place in this year's Champions League as Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan formed a formidable La Liga partnership, yet this year it all seems to have gone off the rails.

They're languishing in fifteenth place in the league with just one win this season, and to make matters worse they're showing no signs of improvement after a pathetic 3-0 away loss to Osasuna this past weekend.

Aguero may be a headline maker for the next decade but there is only so much you can do when your team's defence is comparable to the home guard in Dad's Army.

The biggest worry for coach Abel Resino though surely has to be their away form.

In just four La Liga away matches Los colchoneros have conceded an unbelievable 13 goals, three of which came against lowly Malaga on the opening day of the season.

Luckily for Atletico Didier Drogba will be missing for the Blues, so another rout could yet be avoided.

However, Chelsea just look to have far too much power, pace and style to make Wednesday night a great European occasion.

It's hardly surprising Ancelotti's men are resounding 1/3 favourites for the tie but you have to think there is better value elsewhere.

Firstly there should be goals.

Atletico can't defend, Chelsea haven't been altogether convincing at the back either and there is such a massive wealth of attacking talents on show.

Anelka, Deco, Lampard, Aguero, Forlan and Simao all pose real goal scoring threats making the 8/13 about more than two total match goals look like a banker.

Also, looking at the correct score market, 33/1 about a 3-2 home win looks enormous while the 10/1 about 3-1 is a great prospect.

Madrid may not have scored yet in this Champions League campaign but I really do fancy that changing in what could be an open game.

Aguero, sorry for banging on about him, stands out as the best bet at 10/3 to score anytime and, given his speed, he could give John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho a few problems through the 90 minutes.

For Chelsea you have to be looking towards their only scorer so far this season in Europe, Nicolas Anelka.

Last year's Premier League top scorer has a canny knack for scoring vital goals and, at 3/1 to score the first goal of the game, he could prove great value, especially if he scores the first goal!



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