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Rupert Wyman 26th Mar 2012 - 16:55

Chelsea won't Luz in Benfica

Chelsea face Benfica in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.  The Lisbon side are tough at home and they are on an unbeaten streak. They have not been beaten for ten matches at the the Estadio da Luz in all European competitions.

Out of all the British sides, Chelsea have are the only side to reach the last eight. However, their away form in Europe has been poor and they will want a commanding lead heading into the second leg.  Chelsea have not won away in Europe this season and they are 21/10 to win.

The home win is 7/5 and a draw is 21/10. Benfica are 13/8 to qualify and the Blues are 4/9 to reach the next phase. Benfica struggled at the weekend along with Chelsea, both sides only managed 0-0 draws.

Chelsea have little to remember this season and they sacked AVB recently. Interim manager Di Matteo seems to have the players onside and for the likes of Drogba and Lampard, this may be their last chance of Champions League silverware.

Whether they are playing for the manager, the fans, money or trophies, they will be desperate to win in Lisbon. The club looks likely to be playing Europa League football next season with Tottenham sitting fourth in the league, so winning the cup is important.

The Blues look a massive price at 13/10 draw no bet and you can back them -1 goal at 13/2.

They have scored in nine successive European matches for the first time in their history (excl. qualifiers). You can both teams to score at 19/20 and Chelsea will attack the Eagles and not sit back.

If you think it will be a high scoring affair, over 2.5 goals is 6/5. Both clubs will be disappointed by the 0-0 draws at the weekend and the goalkeepers could be busy.

Didier Drogba has scored four goals in Chelsea's last four Champions League matches. However, he may not start, if he does it may be alongside Torres. It has been rumored that they cannot play together but they proved against Napoli that it can be done.

Unless Mourinho arrives, Drogba looks likely to leave in the summer and he will either move to Anzhi in Russia or China. The Drog is 6/1 to score and 7/4 to find the net anytime. Torres scored a brace recently against Leicester and he looked sharp against City in the league.

He is playing for his future and he is 15/2 first goalscorer and 9/4 to score anytime.  Chelsea have plenty of Portuguese players who will be aware of Benfica's strengths. David Luiz and Ramires were team mates in Lisbon before they joined Chelsea.

Benfica's danger man is their striker Rodrigo, he has bagged eight goals in the league this season but he only scored once on loan in seventeen matches with Bolton in the 2010/11 season.  Rodrigo is 7/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to find the net anytime.



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