Chelsea vs Sporing CP 12/10/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview Odds & Prediction
Sporting CP vs Chelsea
Wednesday 10th December 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 3/4 Draw 11/4 Sporting CP 9/2 See the Latest Odds
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Chelsea have already won this group so this home game against Sporting CP has way more meaning for the visitors than the home team. Stamford Bridge will be rocking though as Jose Mourhino's men look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Newcastle last weekend. Chelsea will probably rest some starters with a congested Christmas period coming up. Remy or Drogba are likely to lead the line with Diego Costa and his troublesome hamstrings resting on the sidelines. It is hard to know is Mourhino will also take this opportunity to rest Terry, Hazard, Willian, Matic and Courtois but that would be my best guess.
A draw is enough for Sporting CP to qualify for the knockout stages, beaten 1-0 in Lisbon by Chelsea , Sporting will not fear this fixture. Nani, the loanee from Manchester United is the key player for Sporting CP. With Slimani, Cirillo and Montero splitting time up front it will be interesting to see if Sporting can get a result here. It is a tough game for Sporting but if Chelsea do, as expected , rest some starters then Sporting have the quality going forward to win this game.
I'm going to take both teams to score here, I do think that Sporting could nick a win here but I have to see the line ups before I could comfortably commit to that. But Chelsea always score and sporting look well capable going forward so the both teams to score market looks the best value here.