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Phillips Versus Torres at Stamford Bridge

The veteran striker Kevin Phillips could show Fernando Torres how it's done at Stamford Bridge and get the goals to inspire Birmingham City to a shock win at Chelsea.

The 37-year-old has a huge goalscoring pedigree and has been a consistent scorer ever since he shot to national prominence with Sunderland. After 113 goals in 208 appearances for the Wearside club, Phillips' career has then seen him take in Southampton, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion before arriving at Birmingham in 2008.

Wherever he has gone throughout his career Phillips (20/1 to score the first goal at Stamford Bridge) has scored goals, with a record of 19 in 66 appearances, mainly as substitute, for his current employers, and Alex McLeish has started the veteran in the last three games after using him sparingly throughout the season so far.

With the likes of Cameron Jerome (16/1 to score the first goal), Obafemi Martins and Nikola Zigic struggling to get the goals to inspire Birmingham, the Scottish manager has been forced to admit Phillips is their main goalscoring danger and the man who could get the goals to fire them safe of relegation.

The Blues manager recently told talkSPORT: "He's been a bit of a talisman over the years in terms of knowing where to go in the box. If we can put teams under pressure then we know that Phillips is going to be very dangerous.

"His link up play is brilliant. He's got a fantastic touch. If you play the ball to his feet generally it sticks. That's a great advantage because that's something we haven't done too well over the last couple of years."

McLeish admitted it was a "certainty" that Phillips would play a lot more over the remaining games and he is likely to play at Chelsea, where he would line-up opposite a certain Fernando Torres (7/2 to score the first goal).

The Spaniard has had high-profile problems since his inflated £50 million move to Chelsea and is yet to break his duck for the Blues. Torres has looked a pale shadow of his former self since donning the blue shirt, with his confidence undeniably low after going over 700 minutes without a goal for Chelsea.

Chelsea seem determined to help Torres score his first goal for the club and will hope he can find the back of the net on Wednesday night, but their defence will need to keep their eye on Phillips.

Despite being a veteran, there is no doubting the dangers that Phillips will pose and he could be the man to help Birmingham pull off a massive shock at Stamford Bridge. History has shown he only needs half a chance to find the back of the net.

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