Barcelona Chelsea Odds : Champions League Final awaits as punters attracted by value on away side
April 24, 2012 · 0 Comments
The Champions League semi-final second legs get underway from the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening when holders Barcelona host Chelsea, and after Barca’s dismal defeat on the weekend, the 9/1 on offer on the away side with Bet365 is seeing plenty of support from punters.
Barcelona have seen their season start to crumble over recent weeks and they go into this game having to turn round a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
They also lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid on Saturday, a result that all but handed their bitter rivals the title.
Pep Guardiola’s side are now seven points behind Madrid with just four games to play, so it looks all but guaranteed that the La Liga title will be heading to the Bernabeu.
Guardiola will also know his team have it all to do if they are to qualify for the final of the Champions League. Failing to score at Stamford Bridge could prove to be a massive disadvantage for the Spanish giants. If Chelsea score, they have to score three.
However, Barcelona will be confident of their ability at home. Lionel Messi and co have scored eighteen goals in five matches at the Nou Camp in Europe’s major club competition this campaign.
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As for Chelsea, they will be in great spirits after their fantastic performance last week. Roberto Di Matteo organised his side superbly and despite them having hardly any of the ball, they managed to keep Barcelona out for 90 minutes.
Di Matteo will know that it will be a much tougher task this week but will be confident his side can go and cause an upset.
Referring to domestic matters, the Blues are still chasing fourth place in the Premier League but are four points behind Newcastle who currently occupy that spot.
Di Matteo’s men are unbeaten in nine games across all competitions, so they travel to Barcelona full of confidence and self belief, something that the Italian appears to have installed in his side.
With Chelsea still out for revenge after the highly controversial semi-final between the two sides in 2009, it makes for a mouth watering tie between two giants of European football.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm on Tuesday evening.
By Joe Rooney
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