Why Torres is sure to score for Chelsea against Genk

The Tipster is predicting a fruitful week for English clubs in the Champions League with goals aplenty

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By The Tipster
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Stop smirking, you're yet to net a European goal for Chelsea Photo: ChoonMing, via Flickr

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Welcome to the third instalment of The Tipster – a new regular column featuring a selection of the latest football odds to help you make up your mind about where to put your money.

Today’s edition has a continental edge to it as both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea prepare for some midweek Champions League action. But who, or what, to back?

Over 2.5 goals in Manchester City v Villarreal – 8/13

Manchester City are the Premier League’s top scorers with 27 goals in eight games, despite the continued absence of Carlos Tévez from Roberto Mancini’s line-up. Villarreal, meanwhile, have already conceded four times in this season’s Champions League, while their talisman Giuseppe Rossi is one of the most clinical forwards in Europe. If that wasn’t convincing enough, a quick glance at the goalscoring talent Mancini has at his disposal, including the likes of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, makes over 2.5 goals a solid opening bet at 8/13.
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Fernando Torres to score at any time against Genk – 4/9

The Chelsea striker continues to serve his three-game domestic suspension for his dismissal against Swansea City but will relish the chance to stay fresh with a run-out against Genk. Torres scored eight times for his former club Liverpool in the Champions League but the Spain international is yet to open his account for the Blues in Europe. The west Londoners boast a perfect record against Belgian teams in the Champions League and Torres will be keen to help this run continue while adding to his two league goals this season. He is 4/9 to score at any time on Wednesday night.
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Chelsea v Genk – Fernando Torres Specials:

How many goals will Torres score? None: 11/8, One: 13/8, Two: 4/1, Three or more: 13/2 (Torres must start for bets to stand)

Man Utd to win by three (or four) goals against Otelul Galati – 15/4

Manchester United are currently languishing in third place in Group C but Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to see their game against the Romanian champions as a chance to improve their goal difference. United have faced Romanian opposition once before, beating Dinamo Bucuresti home and away in 2004, scoring five goals in the process. They have averaged 2.9 goals a game this season in the league with Ashley Young, Nani and Wayne Rooney all in superb form. So United to win by three goals (or four, as the odds are identical) is a value bet here at 15/4.
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Wayne Rooney to score two goals or more – 11/5

The England striker’s controversial sending off against Montenegro was the talking point which dominated the build-up to Manchester United’s trip to Anfield and Ferguson opted to leave the striker on the bench. So United’s game against Otelul Galati will provide Rooney with the first real opportunity to put that episode behind him. The 25-year-old has already broken a Premier League record this season by becoming the first player to score nine league goals in the opening five games, including a brace and two hat-tricks. And he will relish the chance to open his European account this season and is 11/5 to score two or more goals.
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The long shot: Arsenal to win from a losing position – 9/1

Arsène Wenger’s side have never lost on their travels to France (not counting the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, of course), beating Lyon and Auxurre in past seasons in the Champions League, while Marseille have won just twice in eight attempts against English opposition. An Arsenal victory at the Stade Vélodrome would inflict a 50th defeat on Marseille in European competitions and The Tipster‘s audacious long-range effort for this instalment is for Arsenal to come from behind to seize victory – like they did against Udinese in Italy in August- at 9/1.
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