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Champions League Betting Tips – 21st & 22nd February

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Chelsea couldn’t win the Champions League when at their peak under Jose Mourinho so it’s difficult to imagine the team in transition under Andre Villas-Boas will prove good enough to go all the way.

Still capable of playing attractive football, the Blues also resemble a car crash at times and have developed a habit of shooting themselves in the foot so a place in the last eight would be a notable achievement. Standing in their way are Napoli, who are proving a hard team to beat and took four points off Manchester City in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ to finish runners-up behind Bayern Munich. Coached by the shrewd Walter Mazzari, the Azzurri are particularly effective at the Stadio San Paolo and Chelsea will be mindful of the threat posed by Slovakian Marek Hamsik bursting forward from midfield.

Now would be a good time for Fernando Torres to start repaying the faith shown in him by the manager but Chelsea’s best performances tend to come at Stamford Bridge and they’ll be looking to restrict Napoli’s scoring chance on Italian soil. Napoli could be a fair bet to grab a first-leg advantage at 6/4, however, though Chelsea are 4/7 to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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Napoli v Chelsea Betting

Marseille’s clash with Inter Milan at the Stade Velodrome is possibly the most interesting of the other first-leg ties as Didier Deschamps should be able to recall Ghana’s Jordan and Andre Ayew as well as Mali defender Djimi Traore following the Africa Cup of Nations. Experienced striker Diego Forlan is now available for Inter and will be looking to add to his impressive tally in European competition but the French side are fancied to make home advantage count against Claudio Ranieri’s men at 7/5. Bayern Munich are surely too experienced to fall into the same traps as a young Manchester United side in Basel and are 8/15 to win in Switzerland while Real Madrid can overcome freezing temperatures and a hostile crowd to win against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital at 4/9.

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