Super Terry, super Terry, super Terry, he's alright!
Marseille v Chelsea - live on Sky Sports 2 - 19:45
Chelsea have been exceptionally poor of late and the sacking of Hughton yesterday will make Ancelotti realise that nobody in his profession is indispensible.
Hughton had been fantastic at Newcastle, they were looking at a mid-table finish and the team destroyed their bitter local rivals Sunderland recently.
Ancelotti will be sympathetic to his fellow professional and probably surprised after Newcastle's gritty performance against Chelsea on Tyneside a few weeks ago. The Chelsea and Newcastle fixtures seem a bad omen for managers, just before Allardyce was sacked a few years ago, Newcastle had been immense only a few weeks before at the Bridge.
Ancelotti's CV will mention endless success and he is a double winner at Chelsea. The fans are not disgruntled but there is only so long the poor performances can continue. He is not on borrowed time like Grant at West Ham but Chelsea need to remember how to win (11/5).
They can do that against a Marseille side that has no need to win the match as they have already secured the runners-up spot in Group F. The game is meaningless to both teams and it would be no surprise if it was played like an exhibition match. The draw is 11/5 and the Marseille home win is 13/10.
One person who will not be cheering an away goal at the Stade Velodrome is Didier Drogba, he played for Marseille and he should get a fantastic reception. He could score anytime at 6/5 and he will be relishing playing his former club. He has reiterated at times in the past that he would like to end his career at Marseille.
I would not back the Chelsea win at 11/5, the value lies with Chelsea draw no bet at 5/4, Marseille have no need to win but Chelsea need the morale boosting victory and 5/4 seems too big. Terry should start because he needs to improve his match fitness and Chelsea play better with their captain leading the backline.
The tide has to turn for Chelsea, they were unlucky against Birmingham, they disappointed against Everton and the Sunderland match was unacceptable. The Chelsea old boy Deschamps is the man in control at Marseille and he will see the domestic season as the current priority.
Christmas often came early for Chelsea fans when they went to Three Point Lane over the years and a win against Marseille would be the perfect tonic pre derby.
John Terry to score against Marseille at the Bridge anytime is 7/1, he will be involved in all the set pieces and he is a fantastic header of the ball.
It will be a tight match and Chelsea will not run away with it, the 2-0 away win has some appeal at 16/1. It is the same score as the reverse fixture and Chelsea will be desperate not to concede. The clean sheet is 15/8, it is big because of Chelsea's inability not make mistakes at the back.
Chelsea should win this clash but I would avoid the ninety minute market and make the most of the 5/4 Chelsea draw no bet, you will not see the blues bigger that even money for draw no bet much this season.