Chelsea must overhaul the two-goal deficit Paris Saint-Germain wedged between the two clubs a week ago if they are to progress to the Champions League semi-finals; a daunting ask given the wealth of talent crammed onto their adversaries’ team bus.
Even without talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic in tow, Les Parisens have more than enough firepower to ensure punters supporting an away win land a 3/1 payday and with the onus on Chelsea – 4/5 for victory – to throw men forward they’ll be plenty of counter-attacking opportunities for the visitors to exploit.
Taking both of these factors into consideration, a bet on both teams to bag is a must at 18/25, while the stats say the bulk of the goals will be registered after the interval, meaning punters can’t ignore the 6/5 about more goals being plundered following the half-time orange intake.
Bettors who lump on the latter can cop a £36 profit courtesy of the £30 free bet they pocket for opening an account at bwin.com ahead of this Stamford Bridge skirmish and here’s why it’ll come in.
Only one side have scored in the first half against Chelsea in 2014.
PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi is the only player to have rustled the Blues’ net since the turn of the year, with no foe able to achieve the feat at the Bridge.
Jose Mourinho stressed the importance of keeping a clean sheet in his pre-match press conference, implying he’s not likely to let his charges off the leash until the second half.
Les Rouges et Blues have found a way past the opposition goalkeeper in 13 of their last 15 away games.
Chelsea may have denied each of their previous eight visitors a goal, but PSG’s star-studded squad will be far harder to stymie.
Their consistency when it comes to scoring on the road can end the hosts’ impressive shut-out streak, while the ten fired in four Champions League road trips says Laurent Blanc has cracked a formula to get the away goals flowing.
Only once this campaign have the westenders failed to score at home.
With 15 to their name in their last four at base camp, coupled with their desperation to come back into the tie, it’s almost impossible to envisage a clean sheet for the French champions too.
A run of 14 in 17 continental home ties adds further support to the belief that Blues, as well as PSG, will bag here.