|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 04 May 2009 11:55|
Soccer betting features one of the biggest matches so far in the UEFA Champions League season as Chelsea will meet FC Barcelona. Soccer betting fans saw an intense first leg UEFA Champions League matchup between these two teams that ended in a 0-0 draw on April 28.
Barcelona has had more than their share of soccer betting frustration and lack of success against the Premier League teams in UEFA Champions League action and had come up empty in four previous home games against Premier League teams. In the first leg of this semifinal matchup Barcelona was again frustrated as they came away without a goal despite strong pressure on Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech, who came up big with key saves to prevent a soccer betting loss. It was the first time all season that Barcelona had failed to score at home.
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is under increasingly heated pressure from fans due to his team's aforementioned poor performances against the English Premier League teams. Last year Barcelona was eliminated by Manchester United and the year before that they were eliminated by Liverpool.
Another point of soccer betting frustration for Barcelona was that they have been the top scoring team in the Champions League, which made that shutout in the first leg event more tough to take. Barcelona had an overall soccer betting record of 4 wins 1 draw and 1 loss in Group C action and then eliminated Lyon in the first knockout round with a win and a draw. In the quarterfinals they eliminated Bayern, also with a win and a draw.
Chelsea had a soccer betting mark of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in Group A action. In the first knockout round they eliminated Juventus with a win and a draw. In the soccer betting quarterfinals of Champions League play they eliminated Liverpool with a win and a draw. Cech is one of the top goalkeepers in soccer betting and has played every minute for Chelsea in all 11 games of this year’s UEFA schedule, with just 12 goals allowed.
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