An impressive 1-0 success in the Estadio da Luz means that Chelsea are in control of their Champions League quarter final tie against Benfica and only a second-leg disaster will prevent the Blues from booking their place in the last four.
Bookies agree so Roberto Di Matteo’s troops are just 1/7 with Skybet to get the job done and clinch qualification while Stan James chalk them up at 4/6 to secure safe passage with a Stamford Bridge victory.
That looks likely but it won’t be easy against the Portuguese outfit, who will arrive with little to lose. Subsequently, another Chelsea triumph by a one-goal margin at 11/4 (Ladbrokes) isn’t without appeal and Blue Square quote 15/2 for Di Matteo’s charges to shade it 2-1.
Much-maligned striker Fernando Torres was instrumental in the Blues’ Benfica triumph, crossing for Salomon Kalou to fire the winner and the Spaniard can turn from provider to scorer in this one. He’s 5/1 at BetVictor to open the scoring and 7/5 courtesy of Paddy Power to strike at any time.
Boylesports make Real Madrid just 1/11 to beat APOEL Nicosia in the pair’s second leg clash at the Bernabeu and a victory ‘to nil’ for Jose Mourinho’s side is a 4/7 chance with Ladbrokes. Coral meanwhile, rate Karim Benzema at 3/1 to break the deadlock in what should be a straightforward triumph for the hosts.
Fernando Torres to score first – 5/1 (BetVictor)