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Chelsea Copenhagen Betting – Chelsea Gives Plucky Copenhagen The Blues

Posted by Todd Shale on 1/19/2011 4:11:08 PM
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Online betting players will see Copenhagen FC as a nice Cinderella story, as they’ve set a new standard for Danish club teams in the Champions League. But they’ll have their hands full taking on English giants Chelsea, and while the Blues haven’t been at the top of their game this season, Chelsea will exert their will on Copenhagen to advance to the next round.

  • What: Soccer Betting
  • When: February 22nd, 2:45 PM ET (at Copenhagen); March 16th, 3:45 PM ET (at Chelsea)
  • Where: Parken Stadium (at Copenhagen); Stamford Bridge (at Chelsea)
  • Pick: Chelsea

What’s On The Line

Chelsea, who was a runner-up in the Champions League after the 2007-08 season, will go into this as a massive favorite as Copenhagen became the first Danish team in history to make it to this point of the competition. As if they needed an edge, Chelsea will have an even bigger advantage as Copenhagen will be playing their first game since December 7th as the Danish Superliga are in the midst of their winter break. Chelsea has struggled this season, but losing to Copenhagen would surely signal the end of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Offensive Matchups: Chelsea Copenhagen Betting

The Blues’ offense hasn’t clicked this season for a number of reasons, mainly injuries to Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Nicolas Anelka isn’t the type of striker than can carry a team, while Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou have been up and down. Drogba up front, with Lampard pulling the strings in midfield, has long been the axis of Chelsea’s offense and they’re going to have to replace these great players sooner than later, because we’ve seen how bad Chelsea can be without them on the pitch.

The Copenhagen player that soccer betting players, as well as Chelsea fans, will recognize, is Jesper Gronkjaer, who played 88 games with the Blues between 2000 and 2004, notching seven goals. Gronkjaer is now 33 years old, but he’s been relatively healthy this season and provides a veteran leadership that Copenhagen needs, especially heading into Stamford Bridge. The goals come from Cesar Santin and Dame N’Doye, but they’re going to need a good performance from Martin Vingard, who plays the Lampard role in the Copenhagen midfield.

Edge: Chelsea

Defensive Matchups: Chelsea Copenhagen Betting

As much as the offense has struggled, the Chelsea back line has suffered even more. Right back Branislav Ivanovic has been their best player as captain John Terry has been searching for a partner with injuries to Alex. Ivanovic has actually spent most of his season in the middle of the defense, while Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa have played well below their high standards. Petr Cech is doing his best in goal for Chelsea, but he hasn’t been protected as he has in recent years. Chelsea can be exposed at the back for the first time in years.

Copenhagen has been rolling through the Danish Superliga because of a defense that has allowed 15 goals in 19 games. Their best performance in the group stages came in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at home, when they were extremely physical with the Spanish champions. Chelsea is more equipped to deal with this style of play with Drogba up front, meaning defenders Oscar Wendt and Zdenek Pospech won’t be able to bully the Blues. Johan Wiland has been solid between the sticks for Copenhagen.

Edge: Draw

Notable Injuries: Chelsea Copenhagen Betting

Alex (knee) may be ready to step back into the lineup for the first leg of this tie, but he hasn’t been in the lineup since November, so he’s probably not in match shape for Chelsea.

Copenhagen should come back from their winter break with all of their main players intact.

Edge: Copenhagen

Outlook And Pick: Chelsea Copenhagen Betting

Chelsea are going to be massive soccer betting favorites in this tie, and Copenhagen are going to have to keep this close with a draw at home to give themselves a chance at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues are still an extremely strong team. Copenhagen has nine wins and a pair of draws in 11 home games in their league, and they haven’t lost there in the Champions League either, so that is the key because Chelsea is obviously more talented. The layoff will hurt them as they’ll be rusty by the time Chelsea comes to Denmark, while Drgoba and Lampard are getting sharper by the game, which means the Blues could be firing on all cylinders. Take Chelsea as the overwhelming favorites in your sports betting book.

Pick: Chelsea

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