Chelsea have 90 minutes to save their Champions League campaign, as they host Napoli at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The English side have football betting odds against them after losing the first leg 3-1 in Italy, but will look to build on two consecutive recent victories.
Since the first leg Chelsea have sacked Andre Villas Boas, and under the temporary tutelage of Roberto Di Matteo the side have won their last two games; 2-0 against Birmingham in the FA Cup and 1-0 against Stoke in the Premier League. Despite this, the Blues will need to up their level of performance if they are to get back into the European tie. Didier Drogba scored the winner over the Potters on Saturday, as Fernando Torres continues to watch on from the sidelines. The hosts will need to show attacking intent to get back in the tie, but will also rely on skipper John Terry to organise the defence and avoid away goals. Betfred have the home team at odds of 4/6 to win the match.
Napoli are on a good run of form both at home and on the continent, and have won their last six games in a row in all competitions. Walter Mazzarri’s men destroyed Cagliari 6-3 on Friday night in Serie A, which shows their attacking threat, but also susceptibility to concede goals. Ezequiel Lavezzi was the architect of Chelsea’s demise in the first leg, and along with Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik must be watched carefully by the Chelsea rearguard. Betfred have Napoli at odds of 10/3 to win the game at Stamford Bridge.
This should be a good spectacle as Chelsea will need to come out and attack, and may be open to Napoli counter-attacks. My Champions League football betting tip is a 2-2 draw, which Betfred puts at odds of 16/1.
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