Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday football preview.

Chelsea won, so the draw-no-bet on them was good. But it was a nervy night for the Blues. One thing that stands out from watching their match is that Drogba is not currently in form. At his best, he would have buried the chances that came his way. When Drogba struggles, so does Chelsea. It would have been nervy until the last minute for punters who had money on them as outright win.

On Wednesday, I like Barcelona's chances against Panathinaikos. There are 2 things that can really prevent them from taking the match spoils; if Guardiola fields a totally weakened team in anticipation of next week's match against Madrid, then I would seriously consider not punting on them. The second negative is that Panathinaikos will start the match with a new coach, and usually that does have a galvanizing effect on any team. Still, Barcelona is in full flow right now, and if their backbone of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Villa are in the starting line-up, I think they are good draw-no-bets. To guarantee their qualification, they can't lose this game. I'll leave it up to you to check the team sheet at game-time to see if only 2-3 first-team players at most are being rested. If so, the recommendation stands.

Draw-no-bet: Barcelona.


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