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Chelsea set to dampen Drogba homecoming to reach CL quarters

| 18.03.2014

Galatasaray have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Champions League matches this season, but even a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge would be enough to see Chelsea through to the quarter-finals. Back the Blues at 1/6 to qualify.

This game will be a particularly special occasion for a certain Didier Drogba – voted greatest player in the club’s history – and you can back the 36-year-old at 10/3 to score anytime in his first match back at his former home.

“It is the club where I experienced everything,” the Ivorian said. “I experienced the highest level, big games – it allowed me to get closer to the best players in the world.

“It is a very special moment because I do not know what my reaction will be. I am quite apprehensive about it.”

Another former Jose Mourinho player Wesley Sneijder, who won the treble with the Portuguese boss at Inter Milan, will be looking to helping his side through to the last eight for the second time in two seasons. The Dutchman can be backed at 5/1 to score anytime.

Goals from Fernando Torres (6/5 to net anytime again) and Aurelian Chedjou produced a 1-1 draw in Turkey, and Mourinho’s men will be encouraged by their away goal. They are now the last probable Premier League hope of winning the competition (12/1), following exits for Manchester City and Arsenal, as Manchester United (40/1) have to overturn their 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 16 games at home in all competitions, and are odds-on at 2/5 for victory over Galatasaray. However, the last Blues defeat was in the Champions League this season to FC Basel in the group stages, and Roberto Mancini’s side can be backed at 13/2 to win in 90 minutes or 7/2 to qualify.

Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions this season with 15, and the Belgian can be backed at 7/4 to net anytime.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.