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Nic Ladds 2nd Nov 2009 - 15:14

Flores set to find out just what a tough job he's got

Chelsea look an outstanding bet at odds of 5/6 to see off an Atletico Madrid side who are failing to impress in all competitions so far this season and are 13/5 to turn things around in the Champions League.

Atletico have failed to score a goal so far in the Champions League and have not won in their last six European games and the statistics do not improve for them when you consider that Chelsea are yet to concede a goal so punters may be queuing up to get on an away clean sheet at 13/10 as the Blues may well be able to shut out Madrid's impotent attack.

New manager Quique Flores will be hoping to avoid a 4-0 battering again like they did at Stamford Bridge (the same score line this time is 40/1), and on home turf they should be able to keep the score more respectable but rampant Chelsea will fancy their chances anyway and 2-0 (13/2) and 3-0 (14/1) look appealing while 3-1 is 14/1.

Interestingly though, in eight trips to Spain in this competition, Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet so the home side may fancy their chances of at least scoring and a 1-1 draw is 11/2, 2-2 14/1 or a match draw 23/10, while if Madrid are to nick it, 2-1 could be the call at 11/1, but it is hard to see that happening.

In the Champions League, Nicolas Anelka has been in good form scoring two in his last three and is 6/1 to open the scoring, with Didier Drogba 9/2 and Salomon Kalou, who may get a start in this competition and who scored two last time 15/2 to open the scoring or 9/4 to score at any time.

Atletico Madrid, on paper do have some potent goal threats in the shape of former Manchester United front man, Diego Forlan (13/2 to open the scoring) and the much coveted Sergio Aguero (7/1), while Maxi Rodriguez and Jose Reyes are accomplished midfielders and are 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to score anytime.

Carlo Ancelotti will be delighted with the way things are going at the moment, with the Blues sitting pretty, two points clear at the top with a goal difference of 6, and a win here will ensure they are through and this will be a massive bonus as due to the transfer ban still imposed on Chelsea, they will need to make the best of their squad so a chance to rest players will be much appreciated.

Expect the Blues to come out flying and if they can get a first half lead begin to shut up shop as the match goes on so the first half being the highest scoring at 21/10 looks a fair bet, with the second half 19/20, while Chelsea are 8/5 to be leading at half time.

The home side will be desperate to get some points on the board as they currently sit bottom of Group D on goal difference, but a visit of in-form Chelsea is not what they need and it is reasonable to expect a spirited but ultimately unsuccessful performance and a tough start to work for new manager Flores.


Chelsea to win the first half - 8/5

Salomon Kalou to score anytime - 9/4


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