Chelsea

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Stamford Bridge

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

FC Barcelona

V

Stamford Bridge

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Chelsea host Barcelona on Tuesday, hoping to get a foot in the door before their trip to the Nou Camp.

Last time: Chelsea overcame Barcelona on their run to their first Champions League victory in 2012. The second leg of the fixture saw John Terry sent off in between goals from Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. However, a Ramires goal and a missed Lionel Messi penalty teed the game up for a late Fernando Torres strike, winning the tie for the Blues 3-2 on aggregate.

This time: Chelsea are 5/2 to win, Barcelona 11/10 and a draw is 13/5.

You might remember: A Champions League clash between the sides in 2009 that Chelsea lost on away goals, after being denied numerous penalty shouts. Aside from the refereeing controversies, the game saw a stunning strike from Michael Essien as well as a rare headed goal from Iniesta.

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will need to be on top form if the Blues are going to have any success against Barcelona

Chelsea have overcome a dip in form that saw them lose to Watford and Bournemouth, but face a much more difficult task keeping Barcelona at bay. The Catalan giants have been unstoppable in the league this season, and are seven points clear at the top of La Liga.

Chelsea are 5/2 to win on Tuesday, and will be looking to their last meeting with the Spanish side for inspiration. Despite being underdogs, the odds were far worse when the Blues beat Barcelona in 2012 and they will hope for a similar result.

Ernesto Valverde’s men are 11/10 to take all three points, and are favourites not just to win the match, but the whole competition. Barcelona’s rivals, Real Madrid have been dominating the Champions League in recent years, and this will further motivate the Catalan side.

A draw is 13/5, which has been the result in five of the last six times that these sides have met. An away goal for Barcelona will give them a major advantage going into the reverse fixture, while a 0-0 draw for Chelsea would be a good result.

Eden Hazard is 5/2 to score anytime on Tuesday and has been Chelsea’s leading light this season. The Belgian is Antonio Conte’s top scorer in both the Champions League and domestically, and was completely left out of the squad on Friday to help him stay fresh.

Lionel Messi is 13/10 to score against Chelsea, despite only matching his Belgian opponent’s return from the group stages. The Argentine has already scored 20 goals in La Liga however, and will be posing a constant threat to Chelsea’s back line.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Conte’s formations. The Italian has been alternating between a 3-5-2 and a 3-4-3 formation this season, in an attempt to balance his attack and defence. He has preferred overloading the midfield against tougher opposition, and may hope the extra body in the middle can limit Messi’s influence. Chelsea are 10/3 to keep a clean sheet.

2

We fancy:

A 0-0 draw at 11/1. Conte will be desperate to avoid conceding an away goal, and is an expert at setting his team up to defend.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Marcos Alonso to score first at 20/1. The wing-back has been lethal from set pieces, which may be Chelsea’s best chance to score.

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.