Tonight Manchester United and Chelsea go head-to-head at Old Trafford in the second leg of the quarter finals of the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have the advantage thanks to a Wayne Rooney strike at Stamford Bridge and unsurprisingly Man United are odds on to progress to the semi’s and a likely tie with Schalke. However, can Carlo Ancelotti’s men give Man Utd the Blues and will a certain Spanish striker finally find his goal scoring boots?
It would be fair to say that Fernando Torres hasn’t had the best of starts at his new club and Torres is 3/10 to continue his drought and 5/6 to be substituted against Man United. bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth says:
“The introduction of Yossi Benayoun seemed to give Torres a lift on Saturday, but he still wasted a number of chances. These days we’re odds-on about the Spaniard firing a blank as opposed to a few seasons ago when he was scoring for fun.”
However, this could be the match where Torres makes his mark in a Chelsea shirt. Torres is 4/1 to outscore Wayne Rooney, which would be quite a feat considering the form of the two strikers right now. A more sensible bet might be for Fernando Torres not to score a Premier League goal for Chelsea this season, with odds of 5/1 available on that scenario.
Other than Torres’ form or lack of it, the major talking point to come out of the first leg was Chelsea not being given a late penalty when Ramires was fouled by Patrice Evra. Added to John Terry’s penalty miss in a certain Champions League final, Chelsea fans will feel that Manchester United and penalties aren’t a great combination.
bet365 are 6/1 about Chelsea getting a spot-kick at Old Trafford in the return leg and 33/1 about Ancelotti’s side winning on penalties. Steve Freeth says:
“Fergie had a penalty decision go his way on Wednesday and Chelsea fans won’t need reminding about Moscow 2008.”
Given the amount of penalties awarded to away teams at Old Trafford over the years, this might be a market to steer clear of.