Benfica Chelsea Odds : Eagles look cracking value to take advantage in Champions League

David Luiz and Ramires return to face their former club Benfica when Chelsea travel to the Estadio da Luz for their Champions League quarter-final clash on Tuesday night, as the Eagles look a cracking bet with Paddy Power to secure a first leg advantage, after already knocking Manchester United out in the group stages.

They will be hoping they can help their current club to their first away win in this season’s Champions’ League, with a great opportunity to make it to the semi-finals of the competition.

Many will see Roberto Di Matteo’s side as the flag-bearer for English football this season, with Manchester United and Manchester City dropping out of the Champions’ League at the group stages and Arsenal joining them a round later.

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Furthermore, Chelsea now find themselves as the last remaining English side in any European competition.

In truth, over the two legs, this is a tie Chelsea will really be the favourites to win, but it will be no easy task, especially considering the fact that Benfica remain unbeaten at home in the competition this year.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus faces a selection dilemma going into this game. At the weekend he rested Pablo Aimar by starting him on the bench and bringing him on later in the game. But the Spaniard was sent off, so he may decide to stick with the midfield trio of Nicolas Gaitan, Axel Witsel and Bruno Cesar.

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Roberto Di Matteo has a similar dilemma with his defence. He must decide whether or not to recall the fit-again Branislav Ivanovic at right-back at the expense of Jose Bosingwa, as well as deciding to replace Gary Cahill with former Eagles star, Luiz.

Unbelievably, this will be the first ever Champions’ League meeting between Benfica and Chelsea, with Portuguese sides having the upper hand over their English counterparts this season.

Benfica helped to eliminate Manchester United at the group stage, while Sporting Lisbon dumped Manchester City out of the Europa League.

Chelsea will hope to stop this trend, starting with victory in this first-leg on Tuesday evening.

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