Chelsea pull out another strong semi-final performance against Barcelona as Didier Drogba again inspires the Blues to a famous win
"Chelsea had drifted to 7.06/1 to win the match before Drogba's goal and 65.064/1 to lead at both half-time and full-time. A 1-0 home victory was backed at 21.020/1."
Chelsea's fantastic form under Roberto Di Matteo continued tonight with their most impressive win yet under the caretaker manager - a 1-0 defeat of reigning Champions League holders Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
It looked the impossible task at the outset, and it probably felt that way to many watching the backs-to-the-wall effort from the Blues, but the bare facts do not lie - Chelsea scored one and denied their illustrious opponents a goal of their own though Barcelona did hit both crossbar and post.
The Blues remain outsiders to qualify at 3.1511/5 but it is some way off their peak in the market at 12.5. From a low of 1.091/11 Pep Guardiola's men are now trading at 1.4740/85
Despite playing a team studded with proven European performer Punters had backed Barca like they were sure things. The Spanish champions trading at a low of 1.695/7 to win the match.
But a lone from evergreen veteran Didier Drogba goal on the stroke of half-time rocked the visitors and gave Chelsea the platform they needed to take the match.
It also rocked the Betfair markets - Chelsea had drifted to 7.06/1 to win the match before Drogba's goal and 65.064/1 to lead at both half-time and full-time. A 1-0 home victory was backed at 21.020/1.
The return leg takes place at the Nou Camp next week. Ahead of that fixture, Barcelona are 2.245/4 to win the Champions League, Chelsea 8.615/2.