Chelsea vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 brings us one fantastic football game between two giants, Chelsea and Barcelona. First leg game at Stamford Bridge will be an interesting and exciting one with lots of scoring chances. Once again major bookmakers offered a plenty of different games to play for this match and you shouldn't miss to bet on.
Chelsea have had an indifferent start to 2018 but they play strong and aggressive football in front of their fans. The Blues historically have an excellent record against the Catalans but this time they will have a very hard job. They will attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14 and all players are in full of confidence before this game with Barcelona. Eden Hazard has scored three goals and delivered two assists in his last five Champions League games and all expect from him to score again.
On the other side Barcelona, maybe play in much better form this season, but they are not in good run when play away from the home. Barcelona have won just one of their last four away knockout matches in the Champions League. They have won four of their last ten away matches in the Champions League. But Barcelona have had a record-setting season, unbeaten in La Liga after 24 games. Barca have never kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge and they have to play much better in defending.
When it comes to their mutual encounters the two sides have played 12 Champions League matches before. The last time Barça and Chelsea faced each other came in the 2011/12 semifinals, with The Blues winning, 1–0, at Stamford Bridge in the first leg. Three of the last four previous meetings between two sides finished without a winner. The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona. Read our betting preview and take your chance to win some money with our prediction and betting tips.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: "We start this game as underdogs. We must pay great attention, but at the same time we must have ambition to play our football."
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde: "There's a little rivalry there, which might make it more exciting, but for us it's another Champions League match."
Chelsea don't have many missing players for the match against Barca. David Luiz is injured and he will not play on Tuesday night. Marcos Alonso, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play this important game.
On the other side Barcelona also don't have big injury concerns for this game. Nélson Semedo is suspended and he can't play. Philippe Coutinho is another one player who will not play against Chelsea. Thomas Vermaelen is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
Possible starting lineups
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Hazard, Pedro; Morata
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitić; Iniesta, Messi, Suárez
Chelsea vs Barcelona Prediction
What a great football game to place our bet and enjoy in good game of football on the Tuesday night. Match Chelsea vs Barcelona brings us very good betting opportunity and you shouldn't miss to bet on. Chelsea are not in top form this season and they have a truly hard job to make positive records in the first leg. But it is a derby game and very important match for the Blues and they will play aggressive from the first minute. On the other side Barcelona like to play offensive football, but looks like they have some problems to play strong in defending. It is a big chance for the hosts and they must use it, so we expect from Chelsea to play offensive from the first minute. They will try to make several good scoring chances after shoots inside the box and we expect lots of corners for Chelsea.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Chelsea vs Barcelona Prediction: Both teams to score. Maybe Chelsea are not in brilliant form, but they have a chance to win. So our risky bet goes on correct score 2-1 and Eden Hazard will be their key player on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge. Also you can try to increase your profit from this game with bet on corners: Over 5.5 corners for Chelsea. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.