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Nic Ladds 14th Sep 2010 - 11:13

You'd be Zili not to back Chelsea!

Chelsea's cracking start to the season doesn't look like letting up as they travel to Slovakian minnows MSK Zilina in this first group match.

Zilina (9/1) are the most successful club in Slovakian history but this is their first ever appearance in the Champions League group stage and in a tough group, they could be lucky to finish with a goal never mind a point after six matches.

Chelsea (1/4) are the only team in England with a 100% league record still intact winning all four matches, scoring 17 and conceding just one goal.

These two sides met in the qualifying round of the 2003/04 Champions League and Chelsea won 2-0 (11/2) and 3-0 (13/2) over the two legs.

Chelsea are also historically strong against Slovakian sides, winning all four matches with a cumulative score of 9-0.

In the old days of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea would happily go away to small, hostile grounds and grind out scrappy 1-0 wins, which was fair enough - but that is not the way Carlo Ancelotti likes to do things.

These days Chelsea like to keep playing their good football regardless of the score so there is no reason Chelsea can't come away with another big win.

Therefore I have no hesitation in recommending the -2 and -3 handicaps at 15/8 and 5/1 respectively.

Chelsea should welcome back captain John Terry to the starting line-up but Frank Lampard is set to miss another match with his hernia. Ashley Cole is rested and won't travel and Didier Drogba is suspended so some of the fringe players may need to step up.

Nicolas Anelka has two goals so far this season and could lead the line alone so 4/1 on him to score first could be a gift.

The best price of the whole match for me is on Florent Malouda scoring. The winger has been in sensational form recently and has scored in three of his last four matches. You can get 13/2 on him scoring first or 15/8 anytime which for me is massive.

Momodou Ceesay is Zilina's main striker and scored three goals in the qualifying rounds. Coincidentally he spent some time in Chelsea's youth academy and reserve side and is 11/1 to score first past his previous employers.

The match winner offer on this match is for Chelsea to win by three goals or more while Arsenal, who are playing Portuguese minnows Braga at home, also win by three or more. This is certainly a feasible outcome and is a decent price at 8/1 if you fancy the teams from the capital to win big this week.



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