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Chelsea v Napoli Betting Tips and Preview

Champions League – Chelsea v Napoli Preview

It’s been a miserable few days for British clubs in Europe and maybe the Premier League isn’t as competitive as their PR people would have everyone believe. But Arsenal made a bold bid to overturn a significant deficit against an Italian club in the Champions League last week and Chelsea begin the second leg of their last 16 tie in slightly better shape having at least scored a goal in Naples two weeks ago.


Andre Villas-Boas was, of course, still in charge when the Blues lost in Italy though he had already lost the plot by then, leaving a fully-fit Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard on the bench and playing several others out of position. Roberto Di Matteo is likely to start both of the England internationals at Stamford Bridge and John Terry will almost certainly lead his team out having recovered from knee surgery. Their accumulated experience will be vital if Chelsea are to overcome a two-goal deficit as Napoli, and their talented front three of Ezekiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani, are adept playing on the break, as they proved when holding Manchester City at the Etihad earlier in the competition. Walter Mazzarri’s team also won at Villareal in the group stages and scored twice against Bayern Munich in Germany before losing out by the odd goal in five and Chelsea will have to produce their best performance of the season if they are to progress, though do have a tremendous home record in London in the Champions League.

It will be a highly-charged atmosphere at Stamford Bridge but this may be a step too far for Chelsea’s ageing squad against disciplined Serie A opposition who will attempt to shut up shop and hold on to their advantage. Like Arsenal, Chelsea may well triumph on the night at 4/5 but the damage was probably done at the Stadio San Paolo a couple of weeks ago in the dying throes of AVB’s reign and Napoli are expected to go through to the semi-finals. The draw is 3/1 on the handicap with Napoli receiving a one-goal start and both teams to score is 8/11.

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