Bet Nordsjaelland With Handicap Start On Chelsea
Premier League legend Matt Le Tissier looks at Chelsea’s Champions League match against Nordsjaelland and predicts the Danes can avoid a heavy defeat.
Sir Alex Ferguson said Rafa Benitez was ‘lucky’ to take over from Roberto Di Matteo and have the chance to be World Club Champion. But the former Liverpool boss is still looking for his first win as Chelsea manager and faces the embarrassing prospect of his new side becoming the first to fall at the group stage when defending the Champions League title.
Regardless of how Chelsea fare at Stamford Bridge, if draw specialists Juventus can pick up a point at Shakhtar Donetsk, the Blues will be relegated to the Europa League.
Much has changed since Chelsea breezed to a 4-0 victory against Nordsjaelland in Denmark at the beginning of October. Defensive frailties have been exposed and grown, and despite Benitez’ efforts to tighten up at the back, Chelsea have not won in the last six games.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “Chelsea take on FC Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge tonight on the verge of exiting the Champions League and making unwanted history at the same time – no holder of the Champions League has ever failed to make the knock-out stages. With Rafael Benitez’s team in such poor form, it’s a slight surprise to see them as short as 1/14. Take the unfancied Danes with a +3 start on the handicap with bwin at 9/10.”
Nordsjaelland are the whipping boys of Group E. The Danes have a solitary point and a goal difference of -13 in five group games and it’s impossible to imagine they can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. However, the home side is bereft of confidence and one or two of the players look uncertain of their role under the new manager.
A win of any kind will be a start for Benitez and gave him something to build on with a hard winter approaching. Anything less and the outlook could be bleak with an owner who is never shy of wielding his axe.