Weds 19:45. Live on ITV1 & Skysports 2: Chelsea are a short 1/3 (Stan James) to beat Copenhagen so back them to win without reply.
Chelsea are all but through to the quarter finals of the Champions League after notching twice without reply away to FC Copenhagen and it would be an upset of incredible proportions if Carlo Ancelotti’s men were to let their lead slip at Stamford Bridge.
As Chelsea impressed in Denmark and have kicked on since, beating Manchester United and Blackpool, it’s hard to see them not coming out on top in this one even though they will have half an eye on Sunday’s Premiership clash against Manchester City.
However, they aren’t exactly a money spinner at 1/3 and so the best way to pocket a profit could be back Ancelotti’s charges at evens (Partybets) to win ‘to nil’ given that Copenhagen hardly looked like scoring even on home soil.
Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw in Lyon makes them hot favourites for qualification at 1/5 with William Hill and it’s hard to see Jose Mourinho’s troops failing to get through as they renew hostilities with the French outfit at the Bernabeu.
Victory for the home side is priced by at 4/11 but like Chelsea, Madrid should win without conceding (5/4, 888Sport), given that they’ve kept five clean sheets in seven outings in the competition this term. However, Lyon have been getting amongst the goals domestically of late and so it looks slightly safer to side with the hosts in bet365’s handicaps, where they’re evens when starting from a goal behind.