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Inter Milan vs. Chelsea Betting Lines and Picks

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 22:00

Inter Milan vs. Chelsea Betting LinesDuring three seasons in charge of Chelsea FC, José Mourinho failed to win the UEFA Champions League, and now, as coach of FC Internazionale Milano, expected to end his former team hopes to realize his dream.

• The tie also be emotional for the counterpart of Mourinho's Chelsea in the dock, Carlo Ancelotti, who returns to the city and the stadium where he trained for eight years to rival Inter, AC Milan.

Chelsea is 7/4 at Bet365.

Previous clashes
• Although this is the first time the two clubs meet in European competition, drew each other in a pre-season friendly last summer in the United States. Chelsea won 2-0 thanks to goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard's penalty.

Retrospective of the Game

• Inter have been left out of the tournament in the knockout stages for the past three seasons, also being eliminated by English teams in the past two seasons. The Italian champions lost by an aggregate score of 2-0 to Manchester United FC in the 2008/09 soccer betting
season and the first leg ended goalless in Milan.

• This result continued the Italian team's losing streak at home against England sets as it defeated Arsenal FC 1-5 in San Siro in the group stage 2003/04, before the Liverpool FC imposed on Italy by 0-1, completing a 3-0 aggregate score in the second round of the 2007/08 season. Inter have lost four of their last five matches against English clubs, both home and away.

• Chelsea visited Italy on two occasions last season. First, in the group stage losing 3-1 to AS Roma, and later managed a 2-2 draw against Juventus in the second round, which completed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

• In the two knockout against teams from Serie A betting , Chelsea got the ranking, but has only won one of his six visits to Italy, when he beat by 0-4 to SS Lazio in the 2003/04 group stage. The London team drew 1-1 in their only visit to San Siro for AC Milan in the bridle first group stage of the 1999/00 edition of the tournament.

• The campaign was the first in which Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the competition, but then reached the semifinals in four of the last five editions. Only once, in 2007/08, reached the final, and two of the other semi-final were under the command of Mourinho, in 2005 and 2007, both with defeat to Liverpool.

• Inter Mourinho won only two games to finish in second place in Group F, two points behind FC Barcelona. Just added a victory at home against FC Rubin Kazan.

• Chelsea topped Group D with 14 points, staying undefeated and winning two home victories, against APOEL FC and before second-placed FC Porto. Since losing 2-1 against Fenerbahçe SK in the first leg of their quarter-final of the 2007/08 season, Chelsea has played ten games at home in the tournament, not including the defeat on penalties in the final 2008 played in Moscow against Manchester United FC, which has drawn six, won three and lost only one in Rome.

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