It will be very interesting to see the team selected by Andre Villas-Boas for this game, considering that Chelsea’s trip to Blackburn on Saturday takes on a bigger importance after two successive Premier League defeats.
The Blues manager will be dismayed that the season has been marred by poor refereeing decisions, too many dropped points and his captain being accused of racism although at least it has been plain sailing in the Champions League thanks to seven points collected.
It shouldn’t be too much of a problem beating Genk on Tuesday, with Chelsea a best price 1/4 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to win in Belgium against a side that were beaten 5-0 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.
Considering that Anton Ferdinand has lodged a strongly-worded statement to the FA regarding John Terry’s comments, it is possible we might not see the Chelsea captain play in this match, although Didier Drogba is eligible to play even though he is currently suspended from playing Premier League games.
Drogba has just one goal to his name so far this term, although he can be backed at 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the first goal of this game, while Nicolas Anelka often thrives in matches like this and might also be selected in attack.
Genk have taken just a point from their first three matches, although their only other Champions League group game at the KRC Genk Arena saw the Belgian champions hold Valencia to a goalless draw, so they should keep things a lot tighter defensively than was the case at the Bridge.
The home side are as big as 14/1 to claim victory and the draw cannot be ruled out at 5/1 considering that Chelsea are not playing well and struggling to remember the art of defending right now.