Totesport have installed Chelsea as 6/4 favourites for their Champions League clash against Valencia, William Hill’s 2/1 outsiders and Andre Villas-Boas’ side should pick up a positive result in the Mestalla, where it’s 23/10 with Skybet to finish all square.
Nevertheless, the hosts are strong enough to suggest that punters should be wary and it could therefore be worth considering the Blues at 4/5 in ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
The bulk of the Spanish side’s matches this season have been low-scoring and indeed their visit to Genk in Group E ended goalless. Subsequently, Stan James’ 8/11 for the contest to produce fewer than three goals catches the eye and a case can also be made for a tally lower than 1.5 goals, an outcome quoted by Boylesports at 11/5.
Meanwhile, suspended for the next three Premiership matches, Fernando Torres is likely to start in Spain and he’s 2/1 (Coral) to net at any stage. Alternatively, the same firm make the Chelsea striker 6/1 to break the deadlock.
At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal are a banker at 2/5 with Paddy Power to get the better of Olympiakos and as the visitors aren’t the best travellers, the Gunners should run out comfortable winners. They’re 13/2 with William Hill to strike twice without reply and 11/10 (Skybet) to prevail by at least two clear goals.