Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea 10/01/2013 Free Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Steaua Bucharest (0-0-1) Chelsea (0-0-1)
Tuesday 1st October 2013 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Steau Bucharest 9/2 Draw 7/2 Chelsea 17/20 See the Latest Odds
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Steaua bucharest came undone in the second half against Schalke in their opening Champions League game, but the Romanian champions put in a gutsy performance in Germany before eventually coming unstuck. The problem for teams like Steau is that in their domestic leagues they only need to be at 80% to win most games, but when it comes to the Champions League they need to be at 100% for the entire time and that is just to compete. Steaua have lost six of their last seven games in the Champions League proper and they face a Chelsea team that will be desperate for points, having opened their Champions League campaign with a loss at home to Basle. Steaua, however, did beat Chelsea last season when the two teams met in the Europa League so is there a chance the Romanians led by Italian striker Piovaccari could spring a surprise?
At the weekend, Chelsea showed exactly what their problems are.In the first half against Tottenham they were disjointed and uncohesive, Torres looked inept up front and Chelsea's midfield looked a little lost. In the second half, Torres was a menace every time he got on the ball, Mata pulled the strings and Chelsea surely would have won the game only for a ridiculous decision to send Torres off with 15 to go by Mike Dean. Jose Mourhino would be forgiven for being frustrated at his side's lack of consistanc, but Mourhino will send his troops out to get a win in Romania and at this price and the gap in quality in the two sides, we'd surely be crazy not to jump all over it.
While Arsenal and Napoli might be the game of the week, this one is the bet of the week for me. I'm taking Chelsea at 17/20 here to get the away win, as there is far too much quality in this Chelsea team for the Romanians and while it might not be a cakewalk, I do expect chelsea to win by a couple. We will not get Chelsea at this price again, especially if Torres continues his good form and if Jose can finally get the balance right. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo