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Rupert Wyman 3rd Apr 2012 - 12:01

Not so Kalou-less now

Chelsea have a superb record at home this season in the Champions League. They have won all four matches and a 0-0 draw or another win will be enough for the Blues to qualify.

Chelsea are one of the in-form clubs in the Premier League. There have been few blips since Di Matteo took charge as interim manager. They won 1-0 in Lisbon, thanks to a goal from the forgotten man Kalou.

Kalou (11/4, anytime scorer) is out of contract at the end of the season and he has started to feature under the Italian. He wants the guarantee of more first team football before he signs a new contract.

Chelsea look united under Di Matteo and you can back them at 4/6 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 5/2 and an away win is 9/2.  Benfica look too short at 3/1 draw no bet, you can back them to win or draw at 6/5.

Chelsea managed to keep a clean sheet in the reverse leg and for the Match Winner, we have enhanced the price of the Blues to win to nil from 17/10 to 2/1. However, Chelsea will be without the improved Luiz, his understanding with Terry has been fantastic of late but he injured himself against Villa at the weekend.

Di Matteo may have a selection dilemma, Drogba was unavailable against Villa due to a toe injury but he should be fit for the match. Di Matteo may prefer to start Torres,  he has netted three times in his last four games and he looks sharp. He is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/5 to bag a goal anytime.

Ramires was fantastic against his former club Benfica. His career at Chelsea started slowly but he is held in high regard at the club. He only recently signed a new five year contract and he is very quick and skilful on the ball.  He is 9/1 to open the scoring and 10/3 to score anytime.

Cech was busy against Benfica in the first leg and over 2.5 goals can be backed at 10/11. Both teams to score is 10/11, Chelsea will be desperate not to concede any away goals at the Bridge. Cahill will be stepping in for Luiz and Ashley Cole may have a late fitness test.

The main threat at Benfica is Oscar Cardozo, the Paraguayan was a handful at the Estadio de Luz. He has scored more than one hunded-twenty goals in just over two-hundred games. He is 15/2 to score  the first goal and 9/4 to find the net anytime.

If Benfica win 1-0 in ninety minutes and no goals are scored in extra time, then the game will go to penalties. Chelsea and Benfica are both 40/1 to qualify via penalties. The first leg was not a dirty affair, for a red card in the match, you can back it at 10/3.

Chelsea should have few problems qualifying but Di Matteo has warned the players against complacency. The players are behind the manager and with it being an old squad, this will be the last chance of major silverware for some players.

 

 
 
 

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