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Champions League betting preview: Napoli v Chelsea

21/2/2012
Chelsea face Napoli tonight in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter.

The Blues qualified for the knockout stages of the competition after topping Group E ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, while the Partenopei came through as runners up in Group A behind Bayern Munich.

Chelsea will make a late decision on the fitness of John Terry as the defender continues his recovery from a knee injury, while Ashley Cole should be fit to start following a calf problem. Didier Drogba could start up front in place of Fernando Torres.

Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri is serving a touchline ban, meaning assistant Nicolo Frustalupi will stand in.

Bet365 make Napoli 11/8 favourites for the match, with Chelsea offered at 11/5. The draw is priced at 21/10.

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is 4/1 favourite to score the first goal, followed by fellow forward Ezequiel Lavezzi at 11/2. Chelsea trio Drogba, Torres and Daniel Sturridge are all priced at 13/2.

Chelsea are 8/13 favourites to progress over the two legs, with Napoli available at 5/4.
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