Betchecker: Chelsea's heroics secure monster payout

Even for Chelsea's veterans, this marked one of their career highlights

There were massive odds on both Chelsea claiming a 2-2 draw away to Barcelona and recovering a half-time deficit at the Camp Nou...

"A £10 bet on Di Matteo’s heroes surviving with a 2-2 draw returned £427.50 – even accounting for 5% commission - which was more than double the £210 paid out by BetClic."

Chelsea continued their bizarre trend of enjoying their greatest Champions League successes under their least illustrious managers, with Roberto Di Matteo following Avram Grant in booking the Blues a spot in the final of Europe's premier competition.

They achieved their place in next month's Allianz Arena spectacle in the most complicated manner conceivable, recovering from 2-0 down at the Camp Nou with ten men, and will deal with a similarly stacked deck in Munich with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles all banned.

Unsurprisingly given the dramatic way in which Chelsea - who are now 3.211/5 to lift the trophy for the first time having once traded at 95.094/1 - progressed, there were enormous odds available for Betfair punters to feast upon.

For instance, a £10 bet on Di Matteo's heroes surviving with a 2-2 draw returned £427.50 - even accounting for 5% commission* - which was more than double the £210 paid out by BetClic.

The second-half resilience which led to substitute Fernando Torres scoring a late leveller against his favourite opponents also proved a huge boost to the Betfair balances of anyone backing Barcelona to lead at half-time but ultimately be pegged back.

Those who staked £10 on such a combination received a £294.50 reward on Betfair, whereas Coral customers were forced to settle for only £200.

There was also more money to be made betting against other people on Betfair on Tuesday's Premier League match, which saw Aston Villa's relegation fears heightened by a 2-1 home loss to Bolton.

Shrewd correct-score backers pocketed £133 for a £10 outlay, a significant increase in the £100 up for grabs with Betclic. With only three points separating them from the drop zone, Villa are 7.26/1 outsiders to slide into the Championship.

*Betfair generally charges 2-5% commission on net winnings. Further charges may apply. Where comparisons are made, they are based on bets being struck just before kick-off. See betchecker.betfair.com/football.

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