Barcelona v Chelsea & Betting Tips – 14th August 201813th March 2018 / lee
Barcelona v Chelsea UEFA Champions League, 14th August 7.45pm
Chelsea played very well in their first leg against Barcelona, but a costly mistake gifted Barcelona an away goal for a 1-1 draw and that makes this task all the more difficult for the Premier League side. They don’t look fully capable of going out and breaking Barcelona’s massive 24 matches European unbeaten streak of form at home and they may very well be bowing out of the Champions League.
Barcelona v Chelsea Betting Odds*
Barcelona 4/9, Draw 15/4, Chelsea 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 9:43 p.m. on March 12th, 2018)
Barcelona News and Form
An equaliser from Lionel Messi at Stamford Bridge gave Barcelona a really good foothold in this tie. The Catalans have been at this stage of the competition since the 2004/05 season and they have won there on eleven of those occasions. One of the times they didn’t was against Chelsea in 2005 and the other against Liverpool. Twelve months ago they were 4-0 down at this stage against PSG and produced a stunning 6-1 response back at the Nou Camp. So far they have won all three home games in this season’s competitions, scoring eight goals and coding one. Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is at 7/5 odds. They are currently now unbeaten in 24 European home games (W22 D2) with the two draws both in quarter-final ties. Overall Barcelona’s home record against English sides is W19 D11 L2 and they have won the last four in a row, a well as six of the last seven. Barcelona have won 13 of their 23 two-legged ties with English clubs. Lionel Messi is the 11/5 first goalscorer favourite at bet365.
Chelsea News and Form
Chelsea deserve a lot of credit for their first leg efforts but gave away a sloppy goal in the end through a mistake. Their record at this stage of the competition is W8 L4 and they have gone out at this stage in their last two Champions League campaigns. From their ten previous two-legged ties against Spanish sides, Chelsea are W4 L6. They did face up to Atletico Madrid in the group stage and took four points away from those to games, with the win coming on the road. The Blues have won just five of their last eleven fixtures on the road now (D3 L3) in Europe, but have won two of their last three. Chelsea have won four of the six UEFA competition ties in which they drew the home first leg. The problem is, is that they need a goal in this game to get themselves back into the tie and that will mean leaving space at the back to get picked off. Chelsea are just W1 D1 L2 in their last four games in all competitions so aren’t in hot form at all. They have drawn their last four at Barcelona though and in the Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is at 7/5 odds is at 15/2 with the shortest priced option at 6/1 odds. Chelsea’s record away to Spanish clubs is W4 D7 L5.
Barcelona v Chelsea Head to Head
There have been plenty of action between these two prior to this season as this will be the fourteenth game between them. From those games, Chelsea are 4-3 ahead with six draws. This is the third time they have met in the round of sixteen and the most recent clash before this season, saw Chelsea win 1-0 on aggregate in the 2011/12 semi-finals. The Blues are unbeaten in their last four games at the Nou Camp.
Who will win – Barcelona v Chelsea Predictions
It is worth getting behind the Catalans to bag themselves a win in this because they will be better than they were in the first leg at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea don’t look to have the defensive discipline in them to hold out. Home win to nil.
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