Victory for Chelsea in Juventus will almost guarantee that the Champions League trophy holders progress to the knockout stage but defeat will leave the Blues on the brink of elimination and that’s the scenario that seems the most likely in Turin.
Juve lead Serie A and also remain unbeaten in Champions League Group E, albeit with three draws in four matches while Roberto Di Matteo’s charges don’t look hugely convincing at present having picked up just one normal time victory in seven matches in all competitions.
Even that success, against Shakhtar Donetsk, was a touch fortuitous and they could be up against it in the Juventus Stadium, where the hosts are odds-on at 10/11 with Paddy Power to come out on top.
Chelsea are Skybet’s 7/2 outsiders and a draw, which the Blues would settle for given that they face group strugglers Nordsjaelland in their final game, is an 11/4 chance at Stan James. However, the ‘Bianconeri’ have the meanest defence and strongest attack in Serie A and can capitalise on the visitors’ recent defensive instability.
Ladbrokes price the home side at 9/1 to notch twice without reply but at slightly chunkier odds of 10/1, courtesy of bwin, it could be worth gambling on an individual. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was on target in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge and before Saturday’s draw with Lazio the Chilean schemer had found the net in four consecutive matches so he’s in decent goalscoring nick coming into this one.