Feeling the Blues, Chelsea have an opportunity to get out of slump
THE football odds-compilers at BetBright are really dangling a massive carrot for us in the Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev match on Wednesday by offering what looks a huge 8/11 on the Premier League champions.
I know that Chelsea are in turmoil, I know that Jose Mourinho is a man under pressure and I also know rumours are that senior players don’t want to play for the not so “special one” anymore, but 8/11 is still a big price.
If these two sides had met at this stage of last seasons competition then the Blues would have been a 1/5 chance and even though it looks big, I still can’t bring myself to back it.
Mourinho knows that anything other than a win on Wednesday and he will surely be called up to Mr As’s office on Thursday morning to collect his P45, and judging by his recent antics and bizarre press conferences, I think he wants out.
If he does want to stay and fight for his job, then he really couldn’t have picked a better opponent to face at this crucial stage of the season than Dynamo Kiev as the Ukrainians haven’t won a match in 12 previous visits to England.
BetBright have the visitors at just 4/1 to gain their first win in this match and really betting on the outcome of this one should come with a public “wealth” warning.
In the reverse fixture a fortnight ago the two played out a goalless draw, but the Blues were much the better side, but since that draw they’ve lost their last three matches and morale is at an all-time low and really we have to look at other markets to profit.
This is going to be a very nervy and tense evening in west London for supporters, players and the manager and this has all the potential to be a tight one and the first bet I like is for the match to see under 2.5 which is 3/4 with BetBright.
Kiev will be fairly confident of winning the match, but the first objective will be not to get beat and the out of form Chelsea forwards may struggle to break down the visitors defence.
Another way to get against goals is in the both teams to score market with a big tick next to the “no” column again at 3/4 (they love a 3/4 don’t they) with BetBright.
Both teams have failed to score in 10 of the last 11 Kiev matches and it’s very likely that run will continue.
I really couldn’t be backing Diego Costa at 7/2 or Eden Hazard at 11/2 in the first goalscorer markets and it really wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Mourinho drop at least one of them to the bench on the back of recent performances.
Mourinho, who is still the best manager around in my opinion, has made some brave calls in his time at top clubs and nine times out of 10 they’ve always paid off and I fancy him to take a gamble on Wednesday.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him drop some of the high earning superstars and take a chance of talented youngster Reuben Loftus-Cheek and if he does the 12/1 on the talented midfielder opening the scoring with BetBright is well worth taking.
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