Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea by Rostick

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Steaua is hands down the best team in Romania. They won the league by miles last year and are undefeated so far after 7 rounds. However, this does not say much, as the domestic competition is really poor. Steaua did not meet any quality opponents before playing with Schalke in the first round of the group stages and this reflected on the final score: 3-0 for the germans. Previously, Steaua advanced to the groups via playoffs, knocking out Legia Warszaw on away goals after 2 draws. Their defense is good but they are having problems in attack, with no go-to-guy up front.


Chelsea was shocked by Basel 2-1 at home and in these conditions this Steaua game is a must-win game for the Blues. Chelsea did not start the season too good but they showed improvements over the weekend to get a 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the game they could have won.


Steaua is clearly weakened compared to last season, losing their best player (Chiriches - Tottenham) and their main and only goalscoring threat (Rusescu - Sevilla). Further more, best winger Chipciu is out and key midfielder Pintilii is questionable. Chelsea does not have big injury/suspension news, they`ll field a very strong lineup today.


Steaua: Tatarusanu – Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici – Filip, Bourceanu – Tanase, Stanciu, Popa – Piovaccari


Chelsea: Cech – Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole – Ramires, Mikel – Lampard, Mata, Hazard – Eto’o


These two played together in the R16 of the Europa League last season and Steaua got a famous 1-0 home win before losing 3-1 away. I don't think this is very relevant for today. Steaua was stronger, Chelsea was in a bad spot and for sure the Blues did not have the same motivation.


Chelsea absolutely has to win this, and with their quality, experience and top-class manager Mourinho, they should be able to get the three points comfortably. Motivation assures us that there won't be a letdown, Chelsea won't come here for a traditional reserve outing in Eastern Europe. Steaua did not win in the last 18 Champions League games and the bad run is not set to end today against a spirited Chelsea side. Expect the visitors to control the game from the kick-off both technically and physically, score rather early and then protect the lead. It could be just a one-goal win but my guess is that Chelsea will punish Steaua for a 2-0 or 3-0 win when the hosts will leave spaces at the back in search for the equalizing goal.


As I said, the arguments are clear: huge quality gap, experience and the motivation factor that helps to make an upset highly unlikely. Maximum stakes are justified
Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Chelsea (-1 A.H.) Pinnacle 2.58 10 0-4 WON (+15.8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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Comments (2)
FYI: Haz is out with an ankle injury.
10/01/2013 - 09:56
I agree wit ur pick bt sum of ur pointz r exaggeratd,though chelsea nidz a win afta the surprise loss 2 basel,bt steau much weaker,no 2 dat...
10/01/2013 - 10:34
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