Barcelona vs Chelsea Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Barcelona and Chelsea will battle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they meet at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
Last time: The pair played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last 16 tie on 20 February. Willian sent Chelsea ahead just past the hour before Lionel Messi scored an away goal for the Spanish giants in the latter stages.
This time: Barcelona are 4/9 to triumph with Chelsea available at 37/5 and the draw at 4/1.
You might remember: Chelsea picked up a 2-2 draw on their last visit to Camp Nou in April 2012, which was a result that saw them reach the Champions League final.
FC Barcelona's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 2 Lost: 0
Messi missed Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Malaga on Saturday afternoon following the arrival of his third son, but the Argentine will return for the Catalan giants on Wednesday night.
Andres Iniesta, meanwhile, reportedly completed a training session on Monday morning as the midfielder looks to return from a hamstring problem.
Chelsea's Last Six:
Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2
Olivier Giroud led the line for Chelsea in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, but head coach Antonio Conte could switch to a front three of Willian, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
Conte is hopeful that German centre-back Antonio Rudiger will pass a late fitness test to start, while wing-back Victor Moses should return to the team after starting on the bench against Palace.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Barcelona and Chelsea will battle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they lock horns at Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The last 16 tie is delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg last month, with Lionel Messi cancelling out an effort from Willian. Chelsea are still very much in the argument, but there is no question that Barcelona are the favourites to advance into the last eight.
Wednesday will bring the 17th meeting between these two teams in European competition, and each has posted five victories. Incredibly though, five of their last six meetings in the Champions League have finished level, which is certainly worth considering when analysing the football score predictions.
Barcelona are 4/9 to triumph as the Catalan outfit look to stay on course for the treble. Ernesto Valverde’s side are eight points clear at the top of La Liga, while they have the chance to fight for the Copa del Rey in next month’s final against Sevilla. That leaves the Champions League for the Spanish giants, who will be looking to progress past the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. Barca are unbeaten in their last 24 home games in the Champions League, while they have been victorious in 19 of their 32 home matches against English clubs in Europe.
Chelsea are 37/5 to record what would be a huge win at Camp Nou. The Blues are currently having a tough time in the Premier League, but they impressed in the first leg against Barcelona last month. The reigning English champions lost to Paris Saint-Germain at this stage of the competition in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, while they have been beaten in six of their 10 previous two-legged knockout ties with Spanish opposition. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 trips to Spain, however, and have only lost two of their last 21 matches against Spanish opposition. The Blues have also not lost away to Barcelona since February 2005, which is certainly worth considering in the football predictions market.
The draw is 4/1, which seems a good price when considering that six of the last eight Champions League matches between these two teams have finished level. Indeed, the pair played out a 1-1 in the first leg last month, and Chelsea drew 2-2 on their last visit to Barcelona in April 2012. The English club also drew away to Barcelona in April 2009 and October 2006, which suggests that they certainly know how to set up against a team that is sure to dominate the ball on home soil. It is a good price when considering the best football betting tips.
Lionel Messi is 14/5 in the first goalscorer market, while the Argentine can be backed at 4/5 to register at any point during the 90 minutes. Messi scored his first ever goal against Chelsea in the first leg last month, and will be looking to add to the four Champions League strikes that he has managed this season.
Alvaro Morata is 21/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Spaniard can be backed at 18/1 to score two or more times at Camp Nou. Morata’s Real Madrid connections mean that he will be fired up for this particular match, but he has only managed one Champions League goal for Chelsea this season.
Predicted Score: FC Barcelona 3 - 1 Chelsea
Look out for:
The first goalscorer market must be pointed out in this Champions League preview. Aside from the forward options, Ivan Rakitic is at 14/1 for Barcelona, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso can be backed as high as 28/1.
Barcelona to win with both teams on the scoresheet is today’s football prediction at 21/10. There is no question that Chelsea have the quality to find the back of the net in Spain, but we fancy Barcelona, who are always the subject of much discussion in Champions League predictions, to emerge victorious.
It’s a long shot, but:
Chelsea came close to winning 1-0 in the first leg last month. It is 21/1 that the Blues record a 1-0 victory here, which seems a fair price when considering all of the facts in this Champions League preview.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.