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Champions League Tips – Tuesday 1st November

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A lot of water seems to have flowed under the bridge since Chelsea blew away Genk in west London two weeks ago. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have lost both matches in the Premier League since, though did win a Carling Cup tie at Everton in extra-time, and captain John Terry has been at the heart of a racism row. So is the controversy that plagued Carlo Ancelotti’s reign going to de-rail Villas-Boas’ efforts to turn Chelsea back into a major force in English and European football? After back-to-back defeats, they now trail Manchester City by nine points in the Premier League and that’s a gap that, even at this stage of the season, will take some closing.

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They are much better placed in the Champions League, however, having taken seven points from their opening three games in Group E and only conceded one goal so far. Another three points in Belgium will more or less guarantee progress to the knockout stages and that should be achieved with the minimum of fuss, though I wouldn’t be plunging in on the handicap betting at 15/8 which gives Genk a two-goal start. The draw in this particular market makes more appeal at 11/4 as the Chelsea defence will have no doubt been told a few home truths after Saturday’s debacle against Arsenal and you may find the Blues a little less gung-ho than in recent matches. Genk have yet to score in the group stages of the Champions League and Chelsea are 5/6 to keep a clean sheet.

Genk v Chelsea Betting

Aaron Ramsey’s late, late goal at the Stade Velodrome stole a barely deserved win for Arsenal against Marseille a fortnight ago but there is no guarantee that Arsene Wenger’s side will complete the double over Didier Deschamps’ team at the Emirates at 8/13.

The Gunners’ confidence will have given a massive boost by their victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but that game again showed how reliant they are on skipper Robin van Persie. Wenger has been using the Dutchman sparingly in the Champions League and it could be argued that his team sit at the top of Group F more by accident than design after failing to convince in either the two legs of their play-off or their three games in the section so far. Arsenal, of course, have had injury problems but were very fortunate to get a draw in Dortmund and Olympiakos caused them plenty of problems at the Emirates last month. Marseille look a cut above the Greeks and will want to take something away from north London to keep themselves in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages. They’ve scored 12 goals in their last four away games in the competition but have only ever won once in 10 attempts against Premier League opposition so a draw could be the best option at the Emirates at 14/5.

We’ll refund all losing scorecast, correct score and first/last goalscorer singles on this match if van Persie scores the game’s last goal.

Arsenal v Marseille Betting

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