Group E leaders visit second-placed Bayer Leverkusen seeking the victory that will carry them through to the knockout rounds. Coral have installed Andre Vllas-Boas’ side as 6/5 favourites to come out on top but the Bundlesliga outfit have won both of their home matches in the competition while the Blues’ draw at Genk doesn’t inspire confidence, so it could be worth a modest interest on the draw at 12/5 with bet365.
Blue Square chalk 6/1 against a 1-1 scoreline at the BayArena, where Ladbrokes offer 9/2 for both halves to finish all square and as Chelsea don’t convince at the back but provide a significant goal threat at the other end, William Hill’s 10/11 for both teams to score looks a banker.
Also facing German opposition are Arsenal, who are evens (bet365) to send Borussia Dortmund home empty-handed. The Gunners failed to break down Marseille last time out but their opponents have looked fragile on their travels losing 3-0 and 3-1 in their away games so Arsene Wenger’s shouldn’t drawn a blank on this occasion.
In-form Robin van Persie meanwhile, can’t stop scoring and he’s the stand out selection in the first scorer betting at 17/4 (). The Dutchman is also available at 6/5 with Betfred to strike at any time.
Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea to draw 1-1 – 6/1 (William Hill)
Robin van Persie to score first – 17/4 ()