Chelsea v Galatasaray special

  • Last Updated: March 18 2014, 19:11 GMT

We have all angles covered as Chelsea host Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge tonight
Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge tonight


With Manchester City and Arsenal already out of the competition, and Manchester United facing an uphill struggle to overhaul a 2-0 deficit from their first leg in Greece, Chelsea have an outstanding chance of being the Premier League's only representative in the Champions League quarter-finals. Jose Mourinho's side were totally dominant in the first half-hour against Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena but their inability to kill the game off, combined with a few tactical tweaks by opposing manager Roberto Mancini at the break, saw Galatasaray earn a 1-1 draw. The tie obviously remains in the balance but former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba wasn't much more than a passenger in the first game and Mourinho will be confident his side can claim victory on their own patch despite suffering a frustrating league defeat at Aston Villa over the weekend.

Team News

Ramires and Willian are free to play despite their domestic dismissals at Aston Villa on Saturday. Ashley Cole (knee) missed training on Monday morning and is expected to miss out, but David Luiz was present after missing recent fixtures with a groin injury. Luiz could come into central midfield in place of Nemanja Matic, who is unavailable after playing for Benfica earlier in the competition. Mohammed Salah is also ineligible, having played for Basle.

First Leg: Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea started brightly and were ahead within 10 minutes through Fernando Torres. The visitors then wasted numerous chances before the break as Galatasaray's attacking tactics left them wide-open at the back, but the home team steadied the ship at half-time and Aurelien Chedjou's close-range finish after Chelsea failed to deal with a corner from the left levelled the tie.

Players to watch

Chelsea - Eden Hazard

A fairly obvious choice but Eden Hazard is at the heart of most of Chelsea's creative attacking play and has taken his form to another level this season, with 13 goals and seven assists domestically. Remarkably hasn't won a Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award so far this term, much to the chagrin of his manager, and has only found the net once in the current Champions League campaign, but the best players come to the fore at the big moments and he looks sure to turn on the style this evening.

Galatasaray - Didier Drogba

Having spent eight hugely successful years at Chelsea, it will be an emotional trip to Stamford Bridge for the talismanic Didier Drogba but can he return to haunt his old club and knock them out of the competition in which he enjoyed his crowning moment for the Blues? The first leg would suggest not, as Gary Cahill and John Terry were hardly bothered by their former teammate, who looked slow and totally ineffective. But you wouldn't completely rule out the Ivory Coast striker finding an extra gear given the magnitude of the match and likely atmosphere, while his record of 15 goals in 35 appearances for Galatasaray shows he clearly still knows where the net is.

Current form


Aston Villa (away) - lost 1-0

Tottenham (home) - won 4-0

Fulham (away) - won 3-1

Everton (home) - won 1-0

Manchester City (away) - lost 2-0


Karabukspor (away) - drew 0-0

Akhisar Belediyespor (home) - won 6-1

Rizespor (away) - drew 1-1

Besiktas (home) - won 1-0

Do you remember?

Emmanuel Eboue

The 30-year-old Ivorian spent eight seasons at Arsenal, finishing runner-up in the 2004/5 Premier League and claiming an FA Cup winner's medal the same year. A marauding full-back, he scored three times in his first campaign after signing for Galatasaray and has added one to his tally this term. Unfortunately one of the defining moments of his Arsenal career came when Eboue suffered a torrent of abuse from the Emirates faithful for a miserable performance on his return from an injury layoff in a 1-0 victory over Wigan in 2008. After coming on early in the game, he was later substituted after a host of wayward passes and bizarre mistakes, not least when seeming to tackle his own teammate Kolo Toure.

Philipe Melo

Felipe Melo de Carvalho is the combative midfielder likely to be known by many for his red card following a stamp on Arjen Robben in the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago, after which he took the brunt of the criticism from many Brazil supporters. In the 2009 successful Confederations Cup campaign, Melo started all five games, opening the scoring in the 3-0 victory over USA, and was promptly signed by Juventus from Fiorentina for 25m euros. He had a mixed time at Juve, seeing red for an alleged elbow on Mario Balotelli on one occasion, before a loan move to Turkey. Having made his move permanent, the former Arsenal target has become a popular figure at the heart of the Gala midfield and he'll be charged with the task of breaking up Chelsea attacks.


Chelsea are 2/5 favourites with Sky Bet to claim victory tonight and just 1/6 to progress to the next round while Galatasaray can be backed at 7/1 and 7/2 respectively. The draw after 90 minutes tonight is 7/2.

Sky Bet's PRICE BOOSTS include Willian to score first (8/1 from 7/1), Didier Drogba to score first (9/1 from 7/1), Chelsea to win 3-1 (12/1 from 10/1) and Galatasaray to win 1-0 (20/1 from 18/1).

We also have Andy Schooler's betting tips for the night's Champions League action to check out too.


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