Our resident betting expert is also tipping over 2.5 goals in what should be an open encounter in Portugal.
Meanwhile back in London, our man-in-the-know is backing Tottenham Hotspur be leading at half-time and full-time against Bolton Wanderers in a cagey FA Cup sixth-round clash.
The Ivory Coast striker has been in good form since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations – Drogba has netted three goals in his last six games. The 34-year-old scored Chelsea’s first in their impressive last-16 comeback against Napoli at Stamford Bridge, and the Tipster is backing Drogba to net at any time in Portugal at an attractive 15/8.
There have been over 2.5 goals in Chelsea’s last four Champions League games, including thrilling ties home and away against Napoli. Meanwhile, Benfica have scored at least two goals in their last four ties in Europe’s premier competition. So, over 2.5 goals at Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night is clearly a value bet at 23/20.
Tottenham try to make high tempo starts to their games and their positive approach has paid dividends as Harry Redknapp’s side have been winning at half-time and full-time in 10 league games this season. Furthermore, Spurs have been leading Bolton at the interval and gone on to seal victory in four of their last five encounters. So 8/11 for Tottenham to continue this trend in Tuesday’s FA Cup tie is definitely worth a punt.
Spurs’s goals have dried up a bit recently, managing only one in their last three games. Bolton, meanwhile, have not fared too favourably at White Hart Lane over the past four seasons, failing to pick up a single point and scoring just one goal. In what is sure to be an emotional night, the Tipster is expecting a tight game with under 2.5 goals a solid shout at 7/5.
Oscar Cardozo will be the biggest threat to Chelsea’s progression into the semi-finals – the Benfica striker has 25 goals in all competitions this season. The 28-year-old scored against Manchester United in the group stages, and he has managed a two-goal haul on four occasions. So, the Tipster’s audacious half-volley from 40 yards for this edition is for Cardozo to score two goals or more against Chelsea at 8/1.
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