Champions League preview and odds: Wednesday 4 April

There is one English club left in the Champions League and Chelsea are flying the flag high going into Wednesday’s quarter final second leg match against Benfica, with the Blues leading 1-0 from the first leg

Chelsea v Benfica 19:45 BST

While Roberto di Matteo’s team trailed 3-1 from the first leg against Napoli, they have an advantage and an away goal, although the question is whether they approach the match from a defensive or attacking point-of-view.

Chelsea are warm favourites to claim victory on Wednesday night with the bookies offering a best price of 4/6 (Paddy Power £100 free bets) about the west London side, although there is always an element of danger backing a team when they don’t need to win a game.

Indeed, Chelsea simply need to make sure the scoreline is level by the final whistle to set up a semi-final against Milan or Barcelona, with odds of 3/1 (Bet Victor bookmaker) looking better value than the price about the home win.

Benfica certainly didn’t deserve to lose the first leg last week and Jorge Jesus’ team have scored in every away game in the Champions League this term, something which suggests they might be overpriced at 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to win the game.

The Portuguese side must go forth and attack their opponents and know that Chelsea will be nervous about conceding an away goal, while an early goal for the home side wouldn’t be a complete disaster.

Oscar Cardozo is a dangerous striker who will be a menace to the Blues’ back line and the Paraguayan is an 8/1 chance to score the first goal of the game, although all eyes will be on a certain Chelsea forward to see if he can get on a goal trail.

Fernando Torres has struggled to find the net for most of the 15 months he has been at Stamford Bridge, although apparently this has been due to the wrong manager being in place and the Spaniard is 5/1 to break the deadlock here.

Real Madrid v APOEL 19:45 BST

Many customers backing Chelsea or Benfica to win on Wednesday night will be placing them in a double with Real Madrid to land the spoils against APOEL, with the Spanish team’s odds slightly bumping up the potential returns.

After all, it requires a big wallet to be lumping on Jose Mourinho’s team, even at odds of 1/10 (Bet Victor free bets) which is the best price you are going to get about the La Liga leaders.

Is there any doubt that Real will claim victory in this game? Mourinho may well opt to rest the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema based on their 3-0 aggregate lead from the first leg although some will be piling in at 2/7 (bet365 bookmaker) that the home side lead at half-time and full-time.

APOEL are 33/1 chance (bet365) to win the game and the Cypriot champions will want to go out in a blaze of glory considering they have had a remarkable journey in this competition.

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