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Chelsea vs Copenhagen – Torres 4/7 to open his Chelsea account

| 16.03.2011

Heading into a second-leg Champions League last-16 tie with a 2-0 lead is a nice position to be in, and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his Chelsea side can send out a message to their Champions League rivals when they take on Copenhagen.

Fernando Torres may not have registered a goal for his new club yet but his performances are looking sharper with each game and if the betting market is to be believed, Torres should register his first goal and Chelsea can romp to victory.

Match Odds

Copenhagen have registered just two wins in 13 away Champions League ties and as such their odds to beat Chelsea are as big as 10/1, and as no Scandinavian side has ever won a Champions League knock-out tie, Copenhagen are 25/1 to qualify.

Chelsea are 3/10 to beat Copenhagen and considering they have lost just one of their last 25 Champions League meetings, it’s safe to assume Chelsea’s place in the quarter-final draw.

But there’s little value in backing Chelsea and so looking towards the goal markets is the best bet.

Total Goals

The favoured result is a 2-0 win for Chelsea available at 5/1, but Chelsea average 2.67 goals a game at home and with Carlo Ancelotti’s side beginning to hit form again in front of goal, the 7/1 for a 3-0 win could be a big price.

Nicolas Anelka has been Chelsea’s main source of goals in the Champions League and we’re likely to see him paired with Torres tonight.

The Frenchman, with seven goals in six Champions League appearances offers more value than Torres at 1/1 to score any time, but Torres’ last five Champions League goals have all come in the knock-out stages.

Clean sheet

Chelsea are 5/6 to keep a clean sheet against a side that averages 0.6 goals away from home in the Champions League this season, but the better value is in backing Chelsea to win to nil at 11/10.

A £20 stake on Chelsea winning 3-0 would return £160. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £60.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.