Chelsea face the daunting task of avoiding defeat at the Vicente Calderon as they aim to navigate a route through the Champions League semi-final, but confidence is high in the away camp, buoyed by the absence of involvement from Mike’s Dean and Reilly.
With UEFA sanctions prohibiting the Dick Dastardly and Mutley to the Blues’ best laid plans from conspiring to award blatant penalties against them, the visitors may well fancy their chances of winning at huge odds of 18/5.
They stand a much better chance than the digits dictate when you think about – taking the refereeing hindrances out of the equation, Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, is a Chelsea player for crying out loud.
Amid all the media ‘can he play, can’t he play?’ hoopla, it’s worth dodging Los Colchoneros’ 4/5 favouritism even if they have won six on the spin at home, five of which without conceding.
Many factors have the match-betting rationale swinging between camps like a pendulum, so dipping into the goalscorer markets may be the way to go here.
The esteemed double-triple money offer has been unfurled ahead of the game, with bwin promising to multiply the initial odds of all first or anytime goalscorers two or three times should said player score a brace or treble after being backed to notch the opener or at any stage of the contest.
Fernando Torres provides punters with an interesting moneymaking angle here, with Jose Mourinho singling the malfunctioned Spanish goal-machine for praise ahead of their Madrid jaunt.
An Atleti supporter and academy product, El Nino will be relishing this trip home and Mourinho’s tendency to pitch him in for away games makes his 11/4 anytime goalscorer price worth entertaining given the 11/2 it could potentially evolve into should he brace up on his old stomping ground.
Unfortunately for poor old Fernando, though, it’s the bloke who’s going to be taking his job this summer that the stats say will put the scoreboard mechanics through their paces here.
The 7/2 about Diego Costa to score first swells to 7/1 if the Brazilian-born hitman fires twice after being successfully backed to be the deadlock breaker.
He’s bagged three in his previous five home matches, two of which got the party started and has landed seven multi-goal hauls so far this term.