ensure safe passage to the next round with a
After an entertaining draw in the first leg in
Turkey, the Blues return to Stamford Bridge with
the advantage of an away goal as they look to
progress in the Champions League
By Hugh Wilson
18 Mar 2014 09:10:00
Chelsea and Galatasaray meet
in the second leg of their
Champions League last-16 tie
with one man dominating the
Former Blues striker Didier
Drogba returns to Stamford
Bridge two years after departing to China, with his final
appearance for Chelsea being against Bayern Munich in
the Champions League final, where he scored the
winning penalty to give the Blues a historic European
It will be an emotional
return for the Ivory Coast international and for the
Chelsea fans and players but they will know that it will
be important to keep focused on the job in hand.
After a 1-1 in Turkey in the first leg, the Blues come
into this game knowing that a win on the night would
see them progress but that there is still plenty of work
to do. Fernando Torres was Chelsea’s man of the
moment at the end of February and he could well lead
the line once again.
The bookmakers appear to believe that Galatasaray
have missed their opportunity in the tie. Paddy Power
price Jose Mourinho’s men at 4/9 (1.44) to win the
match and just 1/5 (1.20) to qualify.
Galatasaray come into this match unbeaten in their last
12 matches. Despite this, Roberto Mancini’s side trail
Fenerbahce in the Super Lig table by five points. After
falling behind in the first leg, the Turkish giants pilled
the pressure on Chelsea and certainly deserved their
equaliser. Paddy Power price them at 7/1 (8.00) to
cause a shock with a win, with the Turks 3/1 (4.00) to
qualify. Paddy Power price the draw at 10/3 (4.33).
For those who like fairytales and fancy Drogba to score
anytime, you can back this at 3/1 (4.00) with Paddy
Both sides recorded
poor results at the weekend, with Galatasaray being
held away to Karabukspor, and Chelsea losing 1-0 to
Aston Villa, having two players and Mourinho sent off in
Despite this defeat, the Blues will be confident coming
into this match with a strong home record this season.
Mourinho’s men have won 10 of their last 11 games at
Stamford Bridge, with West Ham the only side to hold
them in that period.
Despite boasting the likes of Drogba up front,
Galatasaray have not been prolific in front of goal in the
Champions League, scoring only three times in their
last four games. With Chelsea not conceding at home in
their last five matches, including four wins, the price of
them winning to nil at 6/5 (2.20) is certainly worth
taking advantage of with Paddy Power.
Expect Mourinho to keep it tight, with a typical Chelsea
battling performance likely to earn themselves a place
in the quarter-finals.