Football: Bank on Chelsea to bury Boro in final

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CHELSEA should crucify Middlesbrough in the CocaCola Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Middlesbrough have begun to show the same propensity to leak goals in the Nationwide League that precipitated their materialisation in that sphere. Chelsea, on the other hand, put in two much-improved displays at the back when dispatching Real Betis in the Cup-Winners' Cup and remain awesome going forward.

Chelsea are now favourites for this European trophy but face a useful Vicenza side in the semis. Some punters may prefer VfB Stuttgart, who should brush aside outsiders Locomotiv Moscow.

Juventus are favourites for the European Cup after their devastating win in Kiev, but Internazionale are Uefa Cup market leaders only by virtue of the fact they have drawn Spartak Moscow. Lazio, who play ante-post selection Atletico Madrid, are in great form and make more appeal.

William Hill's betting (4-7 Cambridge, 5-4 Oxford) on the Boat Race suggests this year's renewal might, for once, be of interest to those of us who either are not Oxbridge educated or cannot get hold of some mogadon. The team that draws the Surrey side is the one to be on.

Coca-Cola Cup final

Team C H T

Chelsea 10-11 10-11 10-11

Draw 11-5 9-4 11-5

Middlesbrough 13-5 5-2 12-5

European Cup

Team C H L T

Juventus 11-10 evens 11-10 11-10

Real Madrid 5-2 9-4 11-4 9-4

Borussia Dortmund 7-2 5-1 7-2 9-2

Monaco 6-1 6-1 11-2 6-1

Uefa Cup

Team C H L T

Internazionale 13-8 5-4 6-4 6-4

Lazio 15-8 2-1 6-4 7-4

Atletico Madrid 3-1 7-2 4-1 4-1

Spartak Moscow 6-1 15-2 7-1 11-2

Cup-Winners' Cup

Team C H L T

Chelsea 7-4 5-4 13-8 6-4

Stuttgart 15-8 2-1 15-8 5-2

Vicenza 11-4 7-2 3-1 5-2

Locomotiv Moscow 6-1 7-1 6-1 6-1

C - Coral, H - William Hill, L - Ladbrokes T - Tote