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Champions League betting preview: Chelsea v Barcelona

18/4/2012
Chelsea have been forced into a defensive reshuffle for their Champions league semi-final first leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues will be without injured centre-back David Luiz for the game against the trophy holders, with Gary Cahill a possibility to replace the Portuguese, although Branislav Ivanovic is also available.

Barcelona centre-half Gerard Pique could play despite a recent thigh strain, although fellow defender Eric Abidal and striker David Villa are definitely out.

The winner over the two legs will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the final, with the German side holding a 2-1 lead over their Spanish opponents from the first leg.

Bet365 make Barcelona 7/10 favourites for the match, with Chelsea offered at 4/1. The draw is priced at 11/4.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is 5/2 favourite to score the first goal, followed by teammate Alexis Sanchez at 5/1. The shortest-priced Chelsea players are strikers Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres at 17/2.
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