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Chelsea Benfica Team News Free Bets as Champions League semi looms for Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge

With Fernando Torres even managing to find the back of the net, Chelsea appear to be hitting a decent run of form when it really matters as Ladbrokes offer odds against  as they look to continue that streak when they play hosts to Benfica in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Londoners already hold a 1-0 advantage over their Portuguese opposition thanks to a Salomon Kalou strike at the Estádio da Luz last week and although the away goal is a welcome one, Benfica are far from incapable of netting themselves.

The Encarnados feel that they were robbed of a victory in the first leg with Benfica captain Luisao, stating that Chelsea were very lucky to walk away with the win.

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Speaking after the loss, the Portuguese stalwart commented: “The game in Lisbon left a sour taste in the mouth because Chelsea did not deserve to win and it proved that the team who plays better does not always win. I do not know if the Chelsea coach reserved players in the first leg, but the truth is that we were the better team and 1-0 was a misleading result after what we saw on the field of play.”

He added: “Even though Chelsea have a slight advantage because of the goal, I insist that the tie is still wide open and that we can progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.”

Benfica currently sit just a point off the pace set by Porto at the top of the Primeira Liga and that is in no small part down to their stubborn defence when playing in unfamiliar territory.

Granted that West London is slightly further than the team are used to travelling but Jorge Jesus’ side have let in an admirable average of just 0.67 goals when playing away from home this season, making them the best defensive club in the Portuguese top flight in terms of away form.

Chelsea aren’t the first English outfit that Benfica have faced this campaign after the Portuguese team helped dump Manchester United out of the European tournament, earning a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

The Premier League side have conceded an average of 1.27 goals per game at Stamford Bridge this season and with just a one-goal deficit to their name, both sides will be striving to score on Wednesday night as Chelsea and Benfica both hope to book their place in the semi-finals of this year’s Champions League.

 

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