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Rupert Wyman 13th Apr 2009 - 21:47

Draw on the cards at the Bridge

Chelsea and Liverpool play their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

After last week's imperious display at Anfield Chelsea are 1/33 to qualify for the semi-finals with Liverpool 10/1 shots to make the semis.

In each of the last three meetings in the knockout stages between the sides the team that has been drawn at home in the first leg has been eliminated and this will probably continue here.

Chelsea's 3-1 win in the first leg has all but put the tie beyond Liverpool. To get through to the semi-finals Liverpool need to win 3-0 and if you think this will happen it can be backed at 40/1. However, Chelsea have never before conceded three goals at home in the Champions League.

At the weekend they did concede three to Bolton though after being 4-0 up, seeing Bolton score three will no doubt boost Liverpool's spirits but it is still unlikely to happen even if Chelsea captain John Terry will be missing through suspension.

In the 90 minutes market another Chelsea win is priced at 23/20. While a win for Liverpool to restore some pride is at 15/8 and the draw 9/4.

The draw looks the most likely, especially considering Liverpool have never won an away game against another English side in the Champions League. Although they of course did beat Chelsea 1-0 earlier on in the season at Stamford Bridge. A repeat scoreline of a Liverpool 1-0 win is 13/2.

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Fernando Torres opened the scoring at Anfield and he is a good shout at 7/1 to do the same in the second leg. The Spaniard has scored five goals in five appearances against the Blues and he will buoyed by the return of Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool captain rested his groin injury on Saturday against Blackburn.

Chelsea's main man Didier Drogba was superb in the first leg and he is starting to show his best form once again. Drogba has scored in his last four Champions League matches and is 15/8 to make it five matches.

In the first leg Guus Hiddink got his tactics spot on with Ghanian Michael Essien performing a brilliant job on Steven Gerrard thus nullifying Gerrard's influence. The Liverpool captain is 11/4 to make his mark at the Bridge and get his name on the scoresheet, but unless Rafa Benitez changes his tactics to free Gerrard from Essien then Gerrard and Liverpool could well struggle again.

Normally the onus is on the home team to attack but with Chelsea having such an advantage Guus Hiddink will probably set Chelsea up much in the same way as he did at Anfield. It will be up to Liverpool to take the game to Chelsea to at least reduce the arrears but this is outside Rafa Benitez's and Liverpool's comfort zone as they much prefer to sit back and counter-attack.

It will therefore be interesting to see how Benitez plays his cards against Chelsea. If the Reds are to have any chance of making the semis then his tactics must be absolutely spot on.

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