3-5-2 Chelsea Strongest Possible Xl v Barcelona – Morata Starts, Giroud Out

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Chelsea vs Barcelona

Chelsea face a huge test of their Champions League ambitions as they take on Barcelona in the last-16 round second tie.

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 at Nou camp could be the springboard Chelsea need to end their season on a high.

Head to Head Stats (Last game)

UCL 20-02-2018 FT Chelsea 1 : 1 Barcelona
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

Barcelona Predicted Xl: Ter Stegen, Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Messi, Dembele, Suarez

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/

Opta Stats

  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 4 games (UEFA Champions League).
  • Barcelona are undefeated in their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Players to watch:  Hazard & Messi

Prediction:  Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea