Losing in Bucharest was certainly a surprise for Chelsea and many of those who chose to place a bet on that fixture, except for punters who were inspired enough to bet on few goals to be scored. Now the Londoners need to win by at least two goals to offset a slight advantage secured by Steaua in the first leg.
Match: Chelsea vs Steaua
Bet: Chelsea -1,5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.00
Looking back at what happened in Bucharest, it is impossible not to notice the fact that Steaua didn’t aim victory but channeled all its energy towards defending a scoreless draw. A penalty kick was a godsend and the hosts should be given credit for defending a slight advantage for almost one hour. Chelsea was more concerned about the upcoming Cup fixture against Manchester United and the 2-2 draw proved that they were entitled to be concerned.
Right now they have home pitch advantage and no critical match in sight, so Chelsea should play a more aggressive football at Stamford Bridge. They don’t have any injuries that could stop them in their tracks and the home record is as good as it gets in the Premier League, with the 12 goals conceded being the fewest among all teams. Steaua comes after a dramatic 4-3 victory away at Ceahlaul, a team that has a terrible reputation in Liga 1, after a string of corruption scandals and allegations of fixed games.
Reasonable punters will not be intimidated by the first leg result and will see this fixture for what it really is: a lopsided game. Chelsea needs to win by two goals and Pinnacle Sports was generous enough to offer even odds for the hosts to cover the spread.