Barcelona To Overwhelm Chelsea At The Camp Nou

Barcelona v Chelsea Wednesday 14th March 2018 19:45 (Camp Nou)

A Champions League fixture between Barcelona and Chelsea almost always promises entertainment. Stamford Bridge on the 20th February was no different. Chelsea almost had, as Antonio Conte himself suggested, the ‘perfect game’, with Willian exquisitely placing a shot past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after having rattled the post twice with carbon-copy shots. Somewhat cruelly for the West London club, the combination between evergreen old guard Andreas Iniesta and Lionel Messi 15 minutes from time means that Chelsea go to the Nou Camp on the back-foot, needing to score to qualify for the next round.

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Tips Barcelona win with -2 goal handicap    Best Bet @ 16 / 5  

To say that Chelsea’s overall form over the course of the season has been erratic would be an understatement and from competing for a runners-up position in the Premier League with Manchester United, they are now struggling to push past Liverpool and Spurs into the top four. Yet their performance against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge was arguably their best of the season, and one which echoed their underdog status they were assigned 6 years ago. Chelsea would be happy to replicate their remarkable 2-2 result at the Nou Camp in 2012 that carved the path to their solitary European Cup, and more, significantly, gave the world the Gary Neville 'scoregasm'.

Unquestionably one of the Premier League’s most underrated players, Willian will be looking to put in another stellar shift for the visiting side and, after further heroics against Crystal Palace at the weekend, plus presenting Chelsea’s only goal in the loss to United, is surely guaranteed a start and is curiously positioned in the middle of the market to score anytime. The best price is found with both Paddypower and Betfred at 5/1.
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English media and audiences thrive on the chance to see Lionel Messi take centre-stage in marquee fixtures such as this and icons of his ilk are the prominent reason for the Champions League’s enduring popularity. Messi has scored 17 goals against English opposition yet it was only in the first leg that Messi was able to score for the first time against the Blues. He is at a best price 14/5 with BetVictor to score first in front of the crowd that have named children after him. His comrade-in-arms, Luis Suarez, can also legitimately stake a claim to being the best striker in Spain, assisting with the increased responsibility afforded him that has weighed heavier on both his and the diminutive Argentine’s shoulders since Neymar’s departure to PSG. Although ‘MSN’ has been eradicated, the two remaining Barca components share one and two spot with a cumulative 45 goals in La Liga. Interestingly, the Uruguayan has yet to score in the Champions League this term and has contributed a solitary assist, against Juventus in December. Sealing Barca’s passage into the Quarter-Finals would be a good way to rectify this somewhat disappointing statistic and BetVictor place him second favourite to be first scorer at 31/10.

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Chelsea’s stellar defence shown in their title-winning season last year is long removed from memory. Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the FA Cup victory over Championship side Hull City but did admirably at Stamford Bridge to stifle Bara to just 2 shots on target. Barcelona however are not a team to sit back and rest on their laurels and wait for their away goal to be the solitary difference in marking their passage to 11th consecutive quarter finals, although Betfair offer Under 0.5 goals at a tempting 18/1.

Whilst Barcelona are outright favourites to win the fixture in 90 minutes (4/9 Bet365), Betfair offer a much more preferable -2 goal handicap on the Blaugrana at 16/5. Barcelona, like several table-topping teams throughout Europe, are undefeated at home all season, have the swag of that detrimental goal at Stamford Bridge, and have not experienced a loss in any competition since a slender 1-0 away defeat to Espanyol in mid-January.

Posted: Tuesday, 13th March 2018
Author: Jack Porter

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