Chelsea v Napoli 19:45 Wed
Despite their generally below par performances this season, Chelsea find themselves battling across several fronts this season and will return to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday as odds on favourites with Bet365 when they play hosts to Napoli at Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Di Matteo is still unbeaten as coach of the Blues since taking over almost two weeks ago but faces his hardest task yet in facing the Serie A side who continue to show improvement in their European standing.
The Azzurri hold a 3-1 advantage going into their second-leg encounter after a sterling performance at the Stadio Sao Paolo in February.
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The ‘Holy Trinity’ were in full effect on that night with Ezequiel Lavezzi netting a brace and Edinson Cavani adding a third. Needless to say that Marek Hamsik was providing his usual supply of ammunition.
Chelsea’s latest result came in the shape of a 1-0 win over a resilient 10-man Stoke City and despite the slight fashion of the win, Di Matteo insists that winning games is all that matters.
The West London outfit have by no means looked consistently miraculous when going forward but if they have at any point, it’s usually come at home.
When playing at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have proven to be more than capable of a goal or two, averaging 2.21 goals per game when playing at home this campaign.
Manchester United were the last ‘big club’ to visit the Bridge and while the game may have ended in a draw, Chelsea did very well to put three past their Red Devil visitors.
On the other hand, Napoli are no slouches when it comes to attacking both at home and away; not surprising when you have one of the world’s hottest goalscorers up front but their stats are nonetheless impressive.
Averaging over two goals per game when featuring at home, Walter Mazzarri’s side have also racked up a ratio of 1.54 goals per game when playing on unfamiliar soil.
John Terry appears to have timed his return from injury well and could start once again this week, handing a massive defensive boost to the hosts.
Roberto Di Matteo will need every asset at his disposal if his team are to hold back an explosive Napoli side that are currently enjoying a six match winning streak, all for good reason.