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Chelsea v Atletico Madrid: Torres can down former club

| 31.08.2012

Roberto Di Matteo is gunning for his third piece of silverware as Chelsea manager as he aims to lift the European Super Cup.

His Chelsea side, Champions League winners last year, are 5/4 favourites to beat Atletico Madrid in 90 minutes, and that looks a very appealing price.

The Blues have a 100 per cent record from their first three Premier League games of the season, and look to have a renewed attacking edge amidst several new additions.

They face an Atletico Madrid side who will be no pushovers though, and some may be tempted by the 21/10 odds regarding the Europa League champions winning in normal time.

What could most encourage backers of the La Liga outfit is the inclusion of striker Falcao, who has scored a phenomenal 30 goals in his last 31 European outings.

Chelsea are long believed to be interested in the Colombian, and he could prove their biggest worry tonight, at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game.

Falcao’s inclusion doesn’t deter from the fact that Chelsea remain heavy favourites to lift the trophy by any means though.

With the draw priced at 23/10, it is 8/15 the Blues land their first silverware of the campaign, and given they achieved Champions League success on penalties, this will interest some.

As will the 4/6 odds about both teams scoring in this tie, as they did in the 2-2 draw the last time the sides met.

Each of the two previous encounters featuring these sides have involved a total of four goals, so the 17/20 odds about an even number of goals occurring also look tempting.

And first scorer markets will be extremely popular in this match, with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres fronting the betting against his old club as 9/2 favourite to open the scoring.

The imperious Eden Hazard is 7/1, whilst evergreen penalty specialist Frank Lampard is 8/1 to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee