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End Of The Round
Although there are just two Champions League encounters to deal with this evening, here’s our preview of those European heavyweight clashes.
Lille v Chelsea Preview
As Chelsea continue to operate among the backdrop of Government enforced sanctions, there were questions as to whether their meeting with Lille this evening would even go ahead. Thankfully, assurances have been given and the game is very much on.
Which means Chelsea still have a job to do and it is one that requires them to leave the Round of 16 behind and in turn secure safe passage to the last eight of the Champions League – a job that after the first leg, is already half done.
Because even with all the recent upheaval, the Blues still have a 2-0 lead in their back pocket and with a 3-0 Lille win currently priced at 40/1, you can understand the task that the Ligue 1 outfit have in front of them this evening.
Admittedly Chelsea were not firing on all cylinders at the weekend, as they needed an 89th minute winner to get the better of Newcastle and were it not for some indifferent officiating, the Magpies may well have earned a point for their troubles.
However, it did also highlight that Thomas Tuchel’s men do have a fighting spirit under the current circumstances and if they show even a modicum of that on their travels, then Lille should likely be light work for them in just a few hours.
Although the tie is not a foregone conclusion, it is looking close to one and when it comes to the hottest tip for tonight, backing a Chelsea win and Kai Havertz to score anytime, is currently at 3/1 with bet365.
The Yellow Submarine
After holding Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Villarreal will now look to do even better this time around and although the Yellow Submarine were good value for their draw at El Madrigal, their opponents were without several key names.
With the trio of Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Bernadeschi all previously missing out through injury, the trio are all set to return this evening, and this will give the Old Lady of Turin a considerable boost.
One that they may require after only managing a draw first time around and though Dusan Vlahovic wasted no time in opening the scoring, Juventus were eventually pegged back by Dani Parejo’s equaliser halfway through the second half.
Of course, with no away goal to give Juventus even the smallest of advantages, they will now look to finish proceedings on home soil and with the Max Allegri’s men almost guaranteed a top-four finish in this season’s Serie A, there is perhaps less pressure on them than Villarreal.
Because last season’s Europa League winners are only 7th in LaLiga and a return to the Champions League next season looks rather unlikely – that is unless, they shock everyone and win the competition outright.
In fairness, that looks a step too far and when you consider that Juventus are priced at 1/1 with bet365 to win in Turin this evening, there might also be no better opportunity to double your money before bedtime.