Chelsea v Barcelona Betting Tips – 20th February 2018
Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham showed last week why many people are predicting that and English club will win the Champions League this season.
Given the amount of money floating around the Premier League it’s a surprise that English clubs have such a poor recent record in Europe’s premier competition. While that record could well change this season, Chelsea have a huge task to keep their own chances alive having been drawn against Barcelona in the round of 16.
The two clubs have developed a fierce rivalry since the turn of the millennium. Their five knockout meetings have brought drama, controversy and plenty of goals and we’re hoping for more of the same at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Will Both Teams Settle for a Draw?
The winner of each of the last two knockout ties between Chelsea and Barcelona went on to win the Champions League. Those ties were both semi-finals but there’s no question that whichever side qualifies for the quarter-final in a fortnight’s time will get a huge boost of confidence.
The common view is that for Chelsea must make the most of their home advantage if they are to have any chance of making it through to the next round.
Antonio Conte would love nothing more than a commanding win on Tuesday night but he is an experienced manager who knows the risks inherent with trying to blow Barcelona off the pitch.
Ernesto Valverde’s team are yet to concede an away goal in the current Champions League campaign while boasting some of Europe’s best attacking players. If Barcelona click, there’s a real chance they could take the tie beyond Chelsea so Conte will be more concerned with keeping the contest alive than trying to score three or four.
Chelsea can draw on their history of big performances and results in the Camp Nou for the second leg and for now, a stalemate would be a decent result. Chelsea have drawn four of their last five matches against Barcelona and we’re predicting yet another draw to add to that tally at 5/2 with Betfair.
Chelsea to Bounce Back After a Fast Start from the Visitors
After taking to English football so brilliantly last season, this campaign has been much tougher for Antonio Conte.
Chelsea have struggled with many aspects of their game but they do have a canny ability to finish strongly. They’ve scored 12 goals in the last 15 minutes of their Premier League matches and more in the second half than the first.
Barcelona’s record in the closing stages of their league matches is even more impressive so there is every chance this game could take a while to get going.
Therefore, a bet on the first goal coming after 27 minutes looks a good price at 99/100 with Marathonbet.
It may also be worth having a bet on the second half having over 1.5 goals which is available at 21/20 with BetVictor.
Messi to Break His Chelsea Duck
Lionel Messi has won almost everything there is to win in his incredible career to date. He’s also played a part in many of Barcelona’s battles with Chelsea over the last decade but has yet to make a telling contribution.
Messi has failed to score in his eight appearances against Chelsea but this could be the time for that to change. The Argentine has three Champions League goals to his name this season and opened the scoring against Juventus.
We think he’ll end his drought against Chelsea by scoring Tuesday night’s first goal at 10/3 with Ladbrokes.