Chelsea are fully expected to secure a second pre-season win over Portsmouth this weekend and build up some momentum for the campaign ahead.
The Blues beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 in a behind-closed-doors fixture last time out, ensuring new manager Andre Villas-Boas got his reign off to a winning start.
Pompey also come into the game with a win under their belts, having beaten non-league opponents Havant & Waterlooville 4-0 as Steve Cotterill’s men gear up for a promotion push back into the Premier League.
Villas-Boas will use the match to get a better understanding of where his players are at fitness-wise, but will also be expecting a decent performance from his squad of international stars.
Indeed, bwin prices the Pensioners at 12/25 to secure a win, while Pompey are seen as 9/2 outsiders.
While teams rarely use friendlies as a chance to practice holding out for a share of the spoils, Pompey will look to frustrate their top-flight opponents and the draw can be backed at 3/1.
Although it remains unclear which players Chelsea will field, Villas-Boas is able to call on a host of talented individuals.
Fernando Torres scored last time out and will be looking to play his way into form after starting his Stamford Bridge career in lacklustre fashion last term.
He could also be joined by Didier Drogba, who will be aiming to prove something to his new manager, along with Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda and captain John Terry.
After seeing Michael Essien ruled out for six months with another knee injury, the Chelsea boss is also likely to run the rule over John Obi Mikel before deciding whether or not to enter the transfer market for reinforcements.
While Chelsea’s top players may expect the game to be nothing more than a training exercise, Cotterill has a number of players boasting Premier League experience within his squad.
Seasoned campaigner Kanu is still on the books at the south coast club alongside Tal Ben Haim, Dave Kitson, Liam Lawrence and former Blackburn star Aaron Mokoena.
With such players likely to feature in the game, football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to back a high number of goals, with four or more priced at 8/5 and under four available at 11/25.
Those expecting a more reserved affair could be tempted by the odds of 13/20 available on three or more, while under three goals is priced at 11/10.
Bwin has a number of other bets available on the game, with both teams to score at odds of 7/10, an even number of goals at 17/20 and an odd number of converted efforts at 91/100.
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