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Chelsea and Arsenal Can Get The Week Off To A Winning Start With Champions League Victories

Tuesday 1st October 2013
The Champions League returns this week with match night two providing a number of exciting matches. Therefore, we've decided to introduce a Champions League version of our popular 'Sing When You're Winning' column. Our treble focuses on three games which take place on Tuesday, two of which involve English clubs. We are backing Premier League leaders Arsenal to record their 10th win in a row, and Chelsea to come away from Steaua Bucharest with their first three points of the campaign. Meanwhile, Basel, who upset the Blues at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they host Schalke 04 in Switzerland.

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Arsenal to beat Napoli @ 11/10

Arsenal have enjoyed a simply stunning run of nine consecutive victories in all competitions since their shock defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. In fact, that surprise loss is their only defeat in a whopping 21 matches dating back to early March. Arsene Wenger's men are brimming with confidence and will be looking to continue their excellent streak against Rafa Benitez's Napoli, who have also made a decent start to the campaign in Serie A.

The Italian side will no doubt be a massive test for the Gunners but you feel that, on home soil, the Premier League leaders should have enough to just about edge it. If Mesut Ozil can assert his influence on the game then they will have an excellent opportunity of securing a valuable three points to add to the three they collected in France against Marseille last time out. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is in the form of his life, while Olivier Giroud is loving life in front of goal and at 11/10, Arsenal are the pick to kick off the treble.

Chelsea to beat Steaua Bucharest @ 5/6

Chelsea appear to have recovered from their recent wobble by recording back-to-back league and cup wins over Fulham and Swindon, while they came away from White Hart Lane with a creditable point at the weekend. This game will allow the Blues an opportunity to avenge their poor defeat away to Steaua Bucharest in last season's Europa League, while registering their first three points in this season's Champions League, having suffered a shock defeat at home to Basel in their opening Group E fixture.

Bucharest haven't fared too well in Europe's elite competition, losing 13 of their last 17 matches, including a 3-0 defeat against Schalke 04 two weeks ago. If Chelsea play to their full potential they should definitely come out on top. Boss, Jose Mourinho, who described the match as a “must win” and has already confirmed Juan Mata will start in Romania. The Spaniard scored against Steaua back in March and will be eager to prove his worth to his Portuguese boss, having been restricted to mainly substitute appearances so far this season. The visitors should have too much for their hosts and are backed to get their Champions League ball rolling.

Basel to beat Schalke 04 @ 13/8

Basel enjoyed a sensational start to their Champions League adventure by toppling Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month and the Swiss underdogs will now be targeting another victory on home soil against Germany's Schalke. Murat Yakin's side head into Tuesday's encounter unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions, which includes six wins in their last seven games. They know that if they can secure the win at home to Schalke then they will significantly boost their chances of making it through to the knockout stages.

Schalke come into the game with three points on the board in the Champions League following their opening round victory over Steaua but are struggling to find first gear in the Bundesliga, currently sitting 14th with just two wins to show from the opening seven games and it is the hosts who are taken to make it two wins from two to complete the bet.
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 

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