Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund – UCL Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. As expected in this section of the preview, their star men all played their best and the result was a very impressive Chelsea, winning @ *1.90 depending on when punters backed them.
*Their odds shortened massively on the day of the game, likely due to a disturbed coach trip to the ground from BVB. That said, the price also dropped ten ticks the evening before the game. Chelsea was around 1.74 at KO.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Chelsea -0.5 won convincingly @ 1.88.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all, where the line was set at 2.5. Missed chances came at both ends but mainly for Chelsea, which meant it stayed less than 3 goals. The Under won @ 1.94.
Chelsea put in their best performance under Graham Potter and deservedly overcame a Dortmund side which struggled to keep the English at bay when it mattered.
The Germans were under heavy pressure from early on but due to some wasteful finishing, the post, and close offside decisions, they stayed ahead on aggregate score until not long before the break.
Sterling had been lively but impressive, he was exactly that again in the action which led to the opening goal. Fortunately for Chelsea, the ball fell perfectly for him to smash down the middle for 1-0. This after initially messing up his attempted first time shot.
A twice taken penalty before the hour made it 2-0, and Chelsea held on from there to progress to the final eight. Fair scores 3-1 and 2-0.
It was a special UEFA Champions League night at Stamford Bridge and with the win, the scores ended 2-1 on aggregate.
Dortmund’s fans made their presence known right on kick off as yellow smoke rose and settled above the pitch.
About the same time the air changed back to its normal colour, Chelsea took control of the contest.
It didn’t help the visitors losing centre midfielder Julian Brandt just five minutes into proceedings.
Chelsea looked dangerous and lively in the opening exchanges, Koulibaly and Kai Havertz both missed opportunities before Dortmund settled for a period.
Marco Reus’ free-kick forced a superb save from Kepa Arrizabalaga midway through the half.
Havertz was left foot effort just inside the box hit the inside of the post and soon after, his goal was ruled out with Raheem Sterling roaming offside in the build-up.
It seemed Chelsea’s frustrations in front of goal would see it level at the break, but ironically when perhaps least expected, Sterling fired a rocket down the middle for 1-0.
The goal carried a bit of fortune with the ex-City man miss kicking initially, but it was merited for the English side.
There was some good fortune for Chelsea’s second goal which came from the spot not long from the restart.
Ben Chilwell’s cross that was handled by Marius Wolf to win a penalty.
Havertz hit the same right hand post (as the first half shot) but his luck changed as he was given another opportunity after encroachment. The second penalty was beautifully composed and slotted into the same corner, sending the keeper the wrong way again.
Dortmund went all-out attack and Chelsea dramatically sat back once 2-0 ahead.
Jude Bellingham missed a sitter in the Germans’ best moment and amid decent pressure.
Wolf was denied by Kepa and powerful defender Niklas Süle’s strike whistled just past the post.
Chelsea focused on defence and did it well. At the other end, apart from the odd counter-attack which normally ended in the linesman flagging for offside, Chelsea posed no goal threat after their 2nd goal.
Chelsea held out to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since October, sending Stamford Bridge into wild celebrations. They will hope this can spur their season into life.