Chelsea have given themselves every opportunity of reaching the Champions League final with a draw against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.
However, piercing the Los Rojiblancos rearguard at Stamford Bridge is no forgone conclusion.
The Blues are favourites to qualify for what would be their third successive European showpiece final at 5/6.
Meanwhile Diego Simeone’s men are 9/10 to make the final and an impenetrable defence can aid them in doing so.
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Investing it in backing the Spaniards to qualify would yield a £29.40 profit and here are the stats that say a Chelsea goal will not inconvenience the wager:
Atletico have conceded three goals in their last 11 outings in all competitions.
Los Colchoneros have emerged as deadly serious contenders for top honours on both the domestic and continental fronts in recent weeks, deadlocking the back door in the process.
Not one team has managed to breach the Spaniards more than once in the CL.
At the Calderon Chelsea offered just two shots on target in a game in which they were dominated, meaning a massive guile infusion is needed if they are to make use of home advantage.
Andre Schurrle, Willian and Oscar have struck just two CL goals between them.
Unfortunately for those of Blue persuasion Jose Mourinho’s creators have seldom found the net on their run to the penultimate hurdle.
Suspended Frank Lampard hits 5.1 accurate long balls per Champions League game.
The old timer has started seven of Chelsea’s games in the competition this term assisting two goals and creating 1.2 scoring chances an outing.
His ability to jump-start counter attacks from deep midfield will put a dent in the hosts’ ability to get at Atleti’s soft underbelly.
Fernando Torres has notched once in his last 15 matches.
With the possibility that Samuel Eto’o may once again be unavailable, finishing duties could be left to the goal-shy Spaniard.