Barcelona to outclass stuttering Chelsea in Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Barcelona will clash for the first time since the Blues edged out their Spanish adversaries in the semi-finals of the 2012 Champions League, and went on to lift the trophy, but this time the pair meet in the last-16 of Europe's elite club competitions, and it will be Barcelona that will go into the two-legged affair as red-hot favourites.

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in eight matches
  • Chelsea have won their last two games
  • Chelsea beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in 2012 Champions League semi-finals

Tuesday 20th February - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Chelsea v Barcelona    
Tips Barcelona to win    Best Bet @ 23 / 20  

How Will The First Leg Go?

Antonio Conte has come in for significant criticism in recent months. but he has managed to quieten the doubters recently with comfortable wins over West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, but in Barcelona he will face arguably one of the toughest assignments in world football, and despite home advantage the Blues are 11/4 outsiders with Unibet to grab the win.

Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015, and will be hoping to get their hands back on the trophy won by rivals Real Madrid in three of the last four years, and with the duo of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ready to lead the line for the Catalan giants then many will feel the 23/20 with William Hill is decent value.

Unbeaten in eight games, Barcelona will be eager to try and unlock an often suspect Chelsea defence, and with the visitors set to dominate possession then Messrs Suarez and Messi would well unlock the Blues rearguard with ease, and while they will happily take a draw back to the Camp Nou, which is 5/2 with Betway, it's hard to see Chelsea being able to withstand the brilliant Barcelona, and an away win is the way to go in this Chelsea vs Barcelona match.
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Goals Expected At Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have been part of some entertaining games of late, with their 4-1 defeat to Watford being followed by a 3-0 win over West Brom and a 4-0 FA Cup win over Hull City, and with Barcelona heading to London then you have to feel that this could be another game awash with goals.

Ladbrokes are currently offering 5/6 for the game to have over 2.5 goals which looks a superb bet, while for those looking for a bigger price will enjoy snapping up the 9/4 on offer with Betfair Sportsbook for there to be over 3.5 goals in the 90 minutes, as Barcelona look to put one foot in the last-eight.

Messi To Score Opener in Barcelona Win

Lionel Messi has been relatively quiet in this year's Champions League having only amassed three goals in the group stages, and he has never scored against Chelsea in his career, but with the Blues defence looking frail on several occasions this season then Argentinian sensation can ignite a Barca win, and at 100/30 with Ladbrokes to score first is a great bet.

Luis Suarez is a best-priced 41/10 with Unibet to net the first goal, while Conte may welcome Alvaro Morata back into his starting line-up and he is 6/1 with Unibet to net first, while Olivier Giroud is also 6/1, but they may struggle to get a lot of opportunities, as the visitors can dominate the game from the first whistle.
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Posted: Monday, 19th February 2018
Author: Steve Chambo

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