Marin the man to watch

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: December 19 2012, 19:44 GMT

Our Nick Hext makes Marko Marin his player to back as Chelsea travel to Leeds in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

Marko Marin: Should be backed at Elland Road

Chelsea don't have any time to rest after arriving back from Club World Cup disappointment in Japan.

The Blues returned to London on Monday afternoon after a falling to a 1-0 defeat against Corinthians the previous day and that hasn't given them long to prepare for a tough clash at Leeds in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Neil Warnock's men have won four of their last five games in the Championship and spirits are high at the club with GFH Capital's takeover pleasing the fans.

Leeds are the outsiders for this clash at 7/2 (cut from 4/1 at the weekend) but you can understand why plenty of punters are attracted to the hosts.

Everton and Southampton have already fallen at Elland Road in the cup this season and a hostile crowd is only going to provide Chelsea with an added challenge to overcome.

There isn't quite enough reason for me to get involved in backing Leeds, who also have a few injury problems, but I do expect a tight match and certainly wouldn't touch any of the odds-on for the away win.

I instead reckon the best way to make a profit is by anticipating one of the changes to the Chelsea starting line-up.

Marko Marin is a player who should get his chance to shine and punters should take note.

The German moved to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £7million in the summer and a five-year deal means that he should have time to impress in London.

New Blues boss Rafael Benitez admitted a couple of weeks ago that he is a big fan of the winger and you can only imagine that his fitness will have improved since then.

"I knew Marko as I came up against him when he was at Werder Bremen, and he was the best player on the pitch," said Benitez.

"He looks sharp in training and is a very clever player. He doesn't need things explaining to him three times, once is always enough.

"He is keen to help and is ready - maybe not ready to start games, but certainly to help."

Marin has so far only made four substitute appearances for the Blues, the latest coming against Corinthians, and provides Benitez with one of the options to alter his starting XI.

The price for Marin to score makes appeal to me especially given his midfield colleagues all appearing at shorter prices.

There could be a surprise in Yorkshire but make Marin your man to watch with a small stake.

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