Chelsea look set for an easy Champions League Group E victory against Genk on Wednesday evening, with the Belgian side having little hope of leaving Stamford Bridge with anything to show for their efforts.
The Blues are 9/100 to win the game and take their tally to seven points from their opening three Champions League games of the season, with a draw available at 8/1 and Genk huge outsiders for victory at 22/1.
These prices reflect the fact that Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 24 Champions League group games at home and have won all of their six competitive games against Belgian opposition without conceding a goal.
As such, even a Chelsea win to nil is odds-on at 11/20, while Chelsea to keep a clean sheet is priced at 1/2.
For more attractive returns linked to a likely win to nile for the Blues, punters should look to the odds of 7/5 being offered on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 victory for the home side.
This covers both bases without the uncertainty associated with predicting the correct score.
It also plays on the fact that Genk have only conceded two goals in their last two Champions League matches, suggesting they will be able to prevent Chelsea from running riot and racking up four, five or six.
However, the safest bet could be on Chelsea to score more goals in the second half than in the first at odds of 23/20.
All of the goals scored by the Blues in this season’s Champions League have come after the interval, while they are also more likely to find the back of the net after the break in home Premier League matches.
Armed with this knowledge, punters could win £53.75 if they use their free £25 bet from bwin to back Chelsea to score the majority of their goals in the second period.
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As for the likely source of goals, Fernando Torres should be rested and raring to go after sitting out the weekend’s Premier League fixture against Everton through suspension, and the Spaniard is 3/1 to score the opener and set Chelsea on the path to victory.
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