Chelsea haven’t exactly convinced in Europe this season, the defence of their Champions League title ending at the group stage after some hugely disappointing performances, and forcing the Blues into the Europa League.
The draw at home to Sparta Prague in the last round suggests that Rafa Benitez’s charges haven’t exactly ironed out the creases but the European champions should still manage to overcome Steaua Bucharest and bring a first leg lead back to Stamford Bridge, an outcome bet365 price at 21/20.
Admittedly, the Romanian side are in great shape at the moment and have picked up some decent results in the competition so far this season but they haven’t been invincible on their own patch, where they have lost to Slovakian outfit Spartak Trnava and Stuttgart this season, so a team of Chelsea’s quality should be too strong for them.
Nevertheless, a close affair is on the cards and Paddy Power post 11/4 against an away triumph by a one-goal margin while BetVictor make Benitez’s men 7/1 to register a 1-0 win, as they did at Sparta Prague in the previous round.
Chelsea to beat Steaua Bucharest 1-0 – 7/1 (BetVictor)