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19th December 2013 / lee

Jose Mourinho wanted a reunion with Didier Drogba before the draw was made and that is exactly what the Chelsea boss got, as Chelsea v Galtasaray Champions League betting is on the cards.  This should be a tie that the Premier League can win, but they weren’t thoroughly convincing through the group stage as they lost home and away to FC Basel. They are going to have to step up their levels and ultimately what is going to hurt them is lack of a ruthless striker to kill of games. Mourinho himself has said that Chelsea aren’t serious contenders for any big title this year. Still, despite their wobbles, they still got the job done and topped their group and reaped the benefit of an easier draw for the first knockout stage.

If they are going to get beyond the quarter finals, they really need to step up their game. You never know of course what will happen in the January transfer window, and they’ll be better if they can grab a class striker by then. But that is highly unlikely and the Blues may be pretty much in the same shape when this fixture comes around in February. The Blues have to travel away for the first leg on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 and they are favourites at a price of 10/11 with Betfair to pick up the win in that first meeting. Galatasaray are 3/1 to win the first leg in Istanbul. A win of course would set them up well for an easy return leg, but Chelsea haven’t exactly been thoroughly convincing on the road this term, but you would expect them to muscle their way through this one way or the other.

So a reunion with their former talismanic striker Didier Drogba is on the cards, and he will be welcomed back to Stamford Bridge with open arms. As long as he doesn’t score the winning goal for Galatasaray, one presumed. Interestingly you look at the squads and it is the Turkish outfit who have the better striker options, because they have choices between Drogba, Burak Yilmaz and Umut Bulut. They have goals in them. However, they haven’t been defensively sound because they became the first side ever to make it out of the group stage with a goal difference of worse than -4. Galatasaray finished their group with a -6 goal difference, taking second place over Benfica on goal difference behind Real Madrid. Galatasaray’s 1-0 win over Italians Juventus on Match Day Six was enough to squeeze the Turkish side through.

Will Drogba be back to be a pain in Chelsea’s side?

He’ll be an interesting option in the goalscorer markets. This will only be the second meeting between the two sides. They went up against each other in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League and Chelsea secured a 1-0 home win and then fired off a 5-0 victory over back out in Turkey. Chelsea are favourites for the tie, but they may have to work very hard in February out in Istanbul to give themselves a platform for progress.

Champions League Outright Winner Market at Betfair
Bayern Munich 9/4, Real Madrid 4/1, Barcelona 11/2, Chelsea 12/1, Atletico Madrid 14/1, Borussia Dortmund 14/1, Manchester United 14/1, Man City 16/1

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