Champions League Preview

After the drama and goals from the first round of fixtures, the Champions League returns over the next two nights promising much of the same. Chelsea and Manchester United are in action tonight, before attention switches to Arsenal and Manchester City tomorrow.

Holders Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip against Juventus in their opener a fortnight ago, with the Italians fighting back to claim a point at Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Di Matteo takes his side to Denmark to face champions Nordsjaelland, hoping to return to London with all three points. The Blues have been criticised defensively so far this season, having brought in the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard, they still lack balance in their team. Nevertheless, they are strong favourites at 1.40 to secure their first win, and with Fernando Torres scoring again on the weekend, the Spaniard is at 4.00 to score first.

Manchester United looked far from convincing in their clash with Galatasaray two weeks ago, and were defeated at Old Trafford by Tottenham on the weekend. With their leaky defence a cause for concern they will be relying on the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie to guide them to victory against CFR Cluj, with the win at 1.60. The Romanians will be buoyed by their win in Portugal against Braga last time out, and in Rafael Bastos they have a Brazilian striker likely to cause Sir Alex Ferguson’s men trouble.

Elsewhere, Serie A champions Juventus continued their unbeaten run after blitzing past Roma on the weekend in a 4-1 win. The Bianconeri will be looking to inflict the same terror on Shakhtar as they visit Turin but will face a difficult task against the Ukrainians, who have won an unbelievable 19 league games in a row dating back to last season. Juve are at 1.60 to grab the win, with the draw at 3.75 worth a look.

It’s an all Iberian clash in Lisbon, as Benfica host Barcelona at the Estadio da Luz. The Spaniards have yet to drop points domestically, but their opponents are also unbeaten.  These two last met in the Champions League in 2006, with Barca coming through 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o. The Catalan giants are at 1.55 to secure another victory.

 

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02/10/2012 - posted by admin
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