Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea by Rostick
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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 here.
|Chelsea (-1 A.H.)||Pinnacle||2.58||10||0-4 WON (+15.8 units)|
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