Chelsea vs. Benfica: 6 Bold Predictions for Their Champions League Quarterfinal

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Chelsea vs. Benfica: 6 Bold Predictions for Their Champions League Quarterfinal
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Chelsea, a team with more drama than the Ewings, have pulled together enough under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo to put together a downright decent run of form. Saturday, the Blues took care of a young Villa side to stay within shouting distance of fourth place and a Champions League spot for 2012-13. 

But before they can worry about securing their spot in next season's edition, Di Matteo and Chelsea have business to take care of in the current version of the Champions League. After going to Portugal and securing a victory, along with an away goal, Chelsea will look to seal their progression to the semifinals on Wednesday's return leg. 

Benfica wasn't a large underdog coming into the tie, but now must overturn that deficit at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea has conceded just one goal at home in their Champions League home dates this season, making the task nearly Herculean. 

Benfica's danger man up top, Paraguyan Oscar Cardozo, will need to be on target this time around if the Portuguese side is to have any chance of advancing. 

With a possible matchup against Barcelona looking in the semis, here are six bold predictions for the second leg of the quarterfinal between Chelsea and Benfica. 

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