Think Fernando Torres is in the middle of a goal drought? Think again. The £50 million striker has fired blanks in his last six appearances for Chelsea but, compared to last season, this is a minor blip rather than a full-blown crisis.
Torres endured a five-month barren spell in front of goal in the last campaign which started after he scored a brace in a Champions League group game against mighty Genk in October 2011 and only ended with a double against Leicester in a 5-2 FA Cup win for the Blues in March 2012.
With this in mind, it’s a good job new Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez values his star striker’s defending at set pieces because it doesn’t look like he can rely on him for goals in the same way he could when the two teamed up to such great effect at Liverpool.
Having said all this, Torres is 67/100 to score against lowly Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge tonight and end his wait for a goal.
But the nagging feeling remains that Torres will struggle to score even against a team whose Champions League away record this season reads played two, lost two, scored none, conceded six.
And his goal drought in the last campaign appears to back this up.
It’s for this reason that we’re taking bets on Torres failing to score another Premier League or Champions League goal this calendar year at odds of 6/1 (7.0).
New customers to bwin qualify for a free £20 bet and staking this on Torres failing to score another Premier League or Champions League goal for Chelsea in 2012 will return £140 if successful.
Other related specials include Torres being sold in the January transfer window at 5/2 (3.5) and the 28-year-old leaving Stamford Bridge before scoring another goal for the west London side at 16/1 (17.0).
Chelsea need a win against Nordsjaelland tonight to have any hope of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League, although they also need Shakhtar Donetsk to beat Juventus to progress.
The Blues are priced at 9/100 to pick up three points tonight, with the draw at 35/4 and Nordsjaelland at 19/1.
For a full football betting preview of Chelsea v Nordsjaelland, click here.