Chelsea vs Barcelona
Chelsea face a huge test of their Champions League ambitions as they take on Barcelona in the last-16 of the competition.
Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid may have dominated the Champions League with three triumphs in the last four years, but Ernesto Valverde’s side are flying high at the top of La Liga and, of course, have the magic of Lionel Messi.
It has been a tough Premier League title defence for Antonio Conte’s Blues as Manchester City run away at the top of the table, but a positive result against Barca at Stamford Bridge could be the springboard Chelsea need to end their season on a high.
Head to Head Stats (Last game)
ICC 29-07-2015 PEN Chelsea *2 : 2 Barcelona
UCL 24-04-2012 FT Barcelona 2 : 2* Chelsea1
UCL 18-04-2012 FT Chelsea 1 : 0 Barcelona
UCL 06-05-2009 FT Chelsea 1 : 1 Barcelona1
UCL 28-04-2009 FT Barcelona 0 : 0 Chelsea
UCL 31-10-2006 FT Barcelona 2 : 2 Chelsea
West Brom Predicted Xl: Foster, Hegazi, Dawson, McAuley, Philips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Gibbs, Sturridge, Rodriguez
Barcelona injuries/ doubts: Nélson Semedo Out / Philippe Coutinho Out / Thomas Vermaelen Doubtful
Chelsea Predicted XI: Courtois, Azpilicuetta, Cahill, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Drinkwater, Moses, Hazard, Morata
Chelsea Injuries/doubts: David Luiz Out / Giroud Doubtful / Bakayako out/
- Chelsea have drawn 5 of their last 6 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
- Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 3 games (UEFA Champions League).
- Barcelona are undefeated in their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Players to watch: Hazard & Messi
Prediction: Chelsea 0-2 Barcelona