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Chelsea underdogs to beat Napoli in Champions League

Chelsea are 3.10 to reach the Champions League quarter final with Unibet ahead of their second leg encounter against Napoli

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There is no chance of football starvation as the fourth and final week of the Champions League last 16 commences on Tuesday, with the remaining quarter final places up for grabs and all matches poised delicately.  There are some appetizing ties with nine time winners Real Madrid in action alongside European giants Inter and Bayern Munich - although Basel at 2.60 to go through will be attempting to deny the later the possibility of a home final in May.

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Bayern return to the Munich Fußball Arena to face Basel and will be expected to overcome a first leg deficit after losing the away leg in Switzerland 1-0.  This was Bayern’s first meaningful defeat of this Champions League campaign, after comfortably winning a tough Group A containing, moneybags Manchester City, and strong Italian and Spanish sides Napoli and Villarreal, that one defeat coming in a dead rubber at Manchester City.  

Because of this, Bayern are heavy favourites for this tie and Unibet is offering a price of 1.22 for the German side to triumph on the night, and 1.50 for them to progress overall, standout favourites given their European pedigree and experience – the totally opposite attributes to their opponents Basel.  

This is Basel’s first foray into the knockout stages and a win here will be a tough task, confirmed by an outright win price of 12.50.  Although they eliminated Manchester United in the group stages, their only other wins came against unknown Romanians Otelul Galati.  A repeat of this fixture occurred in the 2010 competition with Bayern winning that game 3-0, and a repeat of that is available at 7.50.

A late Andre Ayew goal gave Marseille a slim 1-0 advantage over Inter Milan ahead of this second leg at the imperious San Siro stadium in Milan.  Both teams had indifferent form in the group stages, alongside some patchy domestic form and because of this the odds on the match are tight with Inter Milan’s home advantage giving them a slight edge to win the game - at 2.15, with Marseille to win at 3.40, surprising considering Marseille took 7 points from 9 in the group away games, and Inter 3 points from 9 in their home games.  The last time these two met in a European tie in 2004, Marseille progressed with a 2-0 aggregate win, the price for the same result this time being 10.00.

Chelsea, minus Andre Villa-Boas after his dismissal will be a completely different proposition for Napoli after their 3-1 win in Naples in the first leg.  A shoddy defensive performance cost them last time and the Londoners can improve their efforts and win at Stamford Bridge, at a price of 1.75. However, they remain outsiders to win the tie at 3.05.  

This is down to a combination of Chelsea’s poor defensive record and Napoli’s potent trio of attackers, who will be confident of breaching Chelsea back line for that all important away goal, an outcome likely considering that Napoli have scored in every Champions League game this season.  You can get 4.65 on Napoli to win on the night, and 1.37 for them to progress overall whilst Chelsea to triumph 2-0 and progress on away goals is priced at odds of 10.00.

CSKA Moscow face a tough ask when they travel the 2,568 miles to Madrid on Wednesday hoping to progress after their 1-1 showing from the first leg, taking on a Real Madrid side who scored 13 goals in their three home group ties and recorded the highest ever goal difference in Champions league history (+17).  

An average of 5 goals was scored in those home games and a repeat result of over 4.5 goals is available at 3.25.  Because of Madrid’s dominance both domestically and in Europe they are heavy favourites for this match, at 1.14 to win and 1.05 to progress.  Outsiders CSKA squeaked through a poor group with a measly 8 points and were lucky to get a draw in the first leg.  They are a huge 20.00 to win on the night and 10.00 to move into the quarter finals.  However, do not write CSKA off completely …they are unbeaten against Spanish opposition in 6 European matches.

“This promises to be a fantastic set of games and offers, with all ties poised on a knife edge.  All results are possible, and that is what makes Champions League football so great, watching the top teams and top players battle it out.” Erik Backlund, Head of Unibet’s Sportsbook told Bettingpro.

“So far customers are backing heavily on Bayern Munich with 90% of bets placed on that match on the German team. Perhaps surprisingly we are seeing some big support for CSKA to cause a giant killing against Madrid whilst no one wants to touch Chelsea with a bargepole at the moment since the absence of AVB!”

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Chelsea underdogs to beat Napoli in Champions League

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