Will it be a wonderful wonderful Copenhagen for Chelsea?
It's gone from bad to worse recently for Chelsea and following the FA Cup defeat to Everton the Champions League is their last realistic hope of silverware this season. They travel to Copenhagen knowing a bad result will add more woe to a season going downhill fast.
At first glance it would appear that the draw for the last sixteen was kind to Carlo Ancelotti's men and under normal circumstances you would expect Chelsea to get through with plenty to spare against their Danish opponents. Chelsea are 4/5 to win in Denmark and 1/12 to qualify.
If Chelsea are to get back to winning ways they need to get Fernando Torres firing. The Spaniard has been poor since signing from Liverpool but here at William Hill we know it's just a matter of time before he comes good for The Blues. As part of our match winner special we've enhanced his price to score anytime during the game to 6/4.
If he can get that goal then Chelsea fans will hope his confidence will return and he can be a big player in their search for a first ever Champions League crown. Despite their awful recent form they're still rated as third favourites to win the Wembley final in May at 5/1. FC Copenhagen are seen as the outsiders of the competition at massive odds of 250/1.
Copenhagen are the Danish Champions and currently sit top of the Superliga table. In fact, they are 19 points clear and are unbeaten after 19 games, winning 16. They also impressed in qualifying, amassing ten points to finish 2nd to Barcelona and qualify four points clear of Rubin Kazan in third place.
The last 16 appearance represents the best ever performance by a Danish team in the Champion League and the 38,000 Parken Stadium is sure to be packed to it's rafters on Tuesday night as the home fans sense a possible shock. It's 4/1 that the home side can take a first-leg lead back to Stamford Bridge. The draw, which would certainly suit Chelsea, is 9/4.
Due to the winter break in Denmark Copenhagen have not played a competitive game since December, that should mean they are fresh but could provide concerns over match fitness.
Copenhagen's manager Stale Solbakken likes to play a 4-5-1 formation with Dame N'Doye leading the line. The Senagalese front man is the top scorer in the Danish Superliga. N'Doye is 8/1 to score first and 50/1 to score a hat-trick.
A familiar face for Chelsea fans will be Jesper Gronkjaer, the Danish winger made 88 appearances for The Blues between 2000 and 2004 and he's likely to get a good reception for the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge. Gronkjaer, now 33, is 16/1 to come back and haunt his old club by scoring first.
These two have met once before in European action, Chelsea winning 1-0 in Copenhagen in 1998 in the Cup Winners Cup before a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge sent the Blues through. It's 11/2 that history repeats itself and Chelsea take a 1-0 lead back to the Bridge this time.
Rumours before this match have linked manager Carlo Ancelotti with a move back Italy but he has insisted that he will stay at the club as long as owner Roman Ambromovich wants him.
Nicolas Anelka was the villain against Everton missing a shoot-out penalty. He was chosen in the starting line-up ahead of Drogba against Fulham recently. He's 4/1 to make amends by scoring the first goal.
I think this one will be a cagey affair and Chelsea could well be happy to come away on level terms and take them back to the Bridge. Therefore I would back the draw at 9/4 and 0-0 on the correct score market at 8/1.
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