Chelsea vs Barcelona
1/8 final match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte's team had the bad luck during the draws in December and they will have to face Barcelona so early in the CL eliminations. Chelsea are far away from their last season's form and they are in the 4th place in England behind City,United and Liverpool. I'm sure all of the players in Chelsea still remember how their team succeeded to eliminate Barca last time they faced each other in 2012. This time it will be so much harder task to do that.
Both of the teams are with their best players available. Chelsea won't count Luiz, Barkley and Bakayoko is also doutful. Barcelona will be without Vermaelen, which is not a big deal. Semedo is suspended and Coutinho is not eligible to play during this season for Barca.
If we see their recent matches Barca results during February include only under 2.5 goals, while Chelsea have over 2.5 during the last few weeks. But they had a period during January when the Blues made three goalless matches in a row against Norwich, Arsenal and Leicester. I don't think they will try to outplay Barca from the start- that will finish badly for the London side and with an Italian manager like Conte I expect them to defend well and try to counter their opponent when they have a chance. Barca defence is not the best for sure, but I don't think they will be tested really badly against Chelsea. Maybe if their opponent was PSG, Bayern, but Chelsea is not a club who think mostly how to score goals and have the control over the ball. When these two clubs have faced each other in England the goals were under 2.5 most of the time. I don't expect something different tomorrow. We saw so many goals last week in the four CL matches with 4 or 5 goals in each of them. I think it's time for one with 1 or 2 goals.
Chelsea vs Barcelona prediction
|under 2.5 goals||188bet||2.01||9||1-1 WON (+9.09 units)|