Home: 21/20 (Betfred)
Draw: 34/13 (Pinnacle)
Away: 49/16 (Pinnacle)
So. Chelsea. 'Fighting racism since Sunday' according to the Manchester United fans' amusing banner at their league cup engagement (save for the fan making monkey gestures and noises at Danny Welbeck of course). They have their inspirational captain John 'Captain, Bigot, Bellend” Terry available for selection too, and take on the Ukrainian team who comfortably outplayed them in the reverse fixture in the group.
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To quote Lemar “if there's any justice in the world” Chelsea will be comprehensively spanked, with their opponents' dark skinned Brazilian contingent scoring buckets, Mark Clattenburg coming on at half time to do a balloon animal show to the Shed End, and the aforementioned monkey chanter locked in stocks alongside JT with representatives from the Anti Nazi League and WI invited to pelt them both with rotten vegetables.
Juan Mata should be back however, and when he plays, Chelsea's midfield purrs (can someone rescue the little cuddly genius from Chelsea by the way please?)
Chelsea's last five reads WLLWD, BTTS would have paid out every time, and there were a total of 13 scored and 12 conceded.
Chelsea's last five at home make more positive reading, WWWLW, 18 scored, 8 conceded, 2 clean sheets, but slightly skewed by crazy games against United, especially with one of these fixtures being a league cup match. Chelsea sit second in the league having relinquished top spot to Manchester United
Shakhtar's last five reads WWWWW scoring 11 and conceding 3, away record is WDWWW scoring 11 and conceding 2. After 14 matches n their domestic league Shakhtar sit 12 clear of Dnipro in second and 14 ahead of Dynamo Kiev in third.
I'm keeping it simple here. Shakhtar are an experienced, well drilled and mature team. They hold top spot in the group and they aren't going to let go without a fight. Chelsea, although in second place and enjoying home advantage, will have to come out and play as Juventus welcome Nordsjælland to Turin in the other group game and they surely won't be held at home as well (a Juve win takes them second unless Chelsea prevail too). A recipe for stalemate.
Both teams to score Yes at 4/6 with Bet365
Mata to assist any goal at 3/1 with Boylesports
Match to end in a draw at 34/13 with Pinnacle.
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