Chelsea – Barcelona : Preview & Prediction
Chelsea – Barça is surely one of the wildest posters of the eighth in the Champions League. To the subscribers who have been absent for a few years in the big European meetings, the Blues are counting on this double confrontation to definitely revive their image, a few months after winning the national title. Strong on all lines, Antonio Conte’s men seem able to bend any defense, thanks to players like Hazard, Fabregas or other Willian. It is still the world’s best to wait for the English Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. Largely ahead of La Liga, Barcelona is one of the favorites for the title this season in the Champions League. Worn by a stratospheric Messi, the Catalans will also be able to take advantage of the talent of Suarez and Dembélé to blow the lock. There will be interesting duels to follow in this match, including that between Giroud (Chelsea) and Umtiti, not far from being the best central defender in the world right now. A legitimate favorite, can Barcelona be surprised?
Barça have conceded just two goals in their last seven games for five wins and two draws. The Umtiti – Piqué central hinge is currently the best in Europe.
The Blaugranas have won three of their last four games played away from their bases.
Chelsea had not been untouchable – far from it – in his last two LDC games played on his home turf, against Roma (3-3) and Atletico (1-1).
Barcelona found a real balance in the middle with Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets and Paulinho.
Barça is perfectly balanced this season and can count on a Messi in a crazy form to do wonders. We have the feeling that it is perhaps the year of the Catalans, too strong for competition in La Liga. Chelsea is on the comeback and can count on several great individual talents in several registers (Kanté, Hazard, Willian …) but does not release the same collective strength. Barcelona will kill almost any suspense on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge!
Chelsea – Barcelona : Betting Tips
Barcelona – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70