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MSK Zilina vs Chelsea – Slovakian sides struggle against Chelsea

| 15.09.2010

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will do without Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard as the Blues look to start their Champions League campaign with a win in Slovakia.

Lampard is yet to recover from the hernia operation that ruled him out of England’s International fixtures and Ashley Cole has been granted a rest by his boss so Yuri Zhirkov will start at left back.

But Blues fans will be boosted by the inclusion of John Terry as he looks to continue his recovery after being forced off in Chelsea’s game with West Ham at the weekend.

Zilina will be enjoying their inaugural stint in the Champions League proper and it’s no surprise to see them 12/1 to defeat Chelsea – the London club won 2-0 and 3-0 against them in 2003/04 Champions League qualifying.

After a 2-1 win over Tatran Presov, Zilina boss Pavel Hapal will revert to a 4-5-1 formation as he targets a strong defensive performance to keep Chelsea at bay.

Chelsea beat SK Slovan Bratislava en route to winning the 1997/98 Cup Winners Cup and hold a 9-0 aggregate lead over Slovakian teams in Europe, the Blues are 8/13 to keep a clean sheet.

Despite playing away from home, Chelsea are 2/9 to return from Slovakia with all three points.

Marseille vs Spartak Moscow

Marseille are 8/11 to defeat Spartak Moscow and will be confident of victory having beaten their opponents three times in the last four occasions, and Didier Deschamps side have won four from five home ties against Russian opposition.

However the French club have only won one of their first five league games and Spartak will be hopeful of coming away with at least a point – it’s 5/2 for the draw and 4/1 for Spartak to win.

Chelsea should end Wednesday top of their group. See the full UEFA Champions League betting market here.



Ed Needham