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Rupert Wyman 18th Oct 2010 - 15:57

Rush-in to back the draw in Moscow

Chelsea kick off this week's Champions League action with a tricky trip to Moscow to take on Spartak in the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday.

At first glance it would seem Chelsea (11/10) should be too strong for a team who finished 2nd in the Russian Super League last season but on closer inspection I think it could be a tricky tie for the Blues.

Spartak are no mugs and already have six points from two games in Group F after beating MSK Zilina 3-0 on home soil and an even more impressive 1-0 away victory at Marseille. With Chelsea also winning both games these two teams sit at top of the group,  whilst Zilina and Marseille remain pointless.

If you fancy the Russians to get another win you can back them to beat Chelsea at odds of 13/5. A draw would probably suit both teams and that is 11/5.

Up until June 2003 there was little to link Chelsea FC with Russia but since then the Blues owe most of their success to Roman Abramovich, a man who made his millions from Oil and Gas businesses in Moscow.

Spartak's main rivals are CSKA Moscow who were heavily linked with the Chelsea owner in the past. His former company Sibneft pumped in over €40 million to the club via a sponsorship deal. The finance from that deal helped CSKA win the 2005 UEFA Cup which was the first time a Russian side had won a major European honour.

That is sure to make him unpopular with the home fans on Tuesday when they welcome a Chelsea side that Abramovich has bankrolled to the tune of £600 Million since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2003.  Despite that outlay the Champions League still evades Chelsea and they will be looking end that this  season. This year's final will be held at Wembley Stadium giving them the extra incentive to win the trophy in their home city. They are 9/2 second favourites to lift the trophy.

Despite their good start Spartak remain as rank outsiders at 125/1 to win Champions League this season. Brazilian striker Ari scored twice  when they beat Zilina and he will be the main goal threat for Chelsea in this one, he is a generous looking 9/1 to score first.

For Chelsea, Didier Drogba missed the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa but could return for this one, he is 100/30 to score the first goal. Frank Lampard will also be hoping to play some part as he looks to return from injury, he is 7/1 to net first.

Given both sides comfortable position in the group a draw would suit both teams I don't expect either side to take too many risks trying to win the game. I think the draw at 11/5 is a good bet and under 1.5 goals at 2/1 is also a worthwhile punt.

I would certainly not be surprised if the game ended goalless so a bet on no goalscorer at 15/2 provides good value.

This game kicks off at 17:30 on Tuesday and is live on Sky Sports 2

 
 
 

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