Tonight’s first leg Champions League semi-final clash between Chelsea and Barcelona is surely the match of the season at Stamford Bridge. A few weeks ago there would have been no betting tips for Chelsea, even at home. Now, with a new manager, new belief and the best result of the season only a few days ago, Chelsea have a real chance of keeping the best team in the world at bay.
Barcelona have to be favourites to go through to the final but tonight’s first-leg game could see Chelsea come away with something. They are hot off a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham to reach the FA Cup Final and that talk of ‘Chelsea pensioners’ is long gone. Lampard has put away his Zimmer frame and is performing a vital role with a youthful spring in his step. How quickly times can change.
Barcelona will be aware that Chelsea will be no pushovers tonight and the draw at 11/4 with Bet365 looks pretty attractive. A draw would be an achievement for Chelsea but they do need more and Barcelona know if they return home with a draw then they should take Chelsea apart in the second leg.
If you are firmly of the camp that Barcelona will boss and that class will out then you may be attracted by the best-priced 8/11 (with Betfred and BetVictor) about the away team winning this leg in the 90 minutes.
However if you are an ardent Chelsea fan, aware of the amazing strides they have made in recent weeks, and actually foresee a crucial home win then grab the biggest bookies odds of 17/4 with BetVictor (that is a sliver over the 4/1 on offer with Bet365).
For us, and looking at the betting odds, our tips have to be either a Barcelona victory or Chelsea to earn an admirable draw at home against Messi’s men. Our money would be on that 11/4 draw with Bet365. For the best and latest odds on the match, and also on the Champions League outright, go here: Champions League Odds