STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Barcelona

first_imgMassive night at the Bridge as Chelsea welcome Barcelona for the first leg in their Champions League Last 16 tie and I have to be with the visitors.I can’t see Barcelona not scoring but think it could easily be worse than that for Chelsea who may have to travel to Spain with a deficit.Obviously, Chelsea will raise their game tonight but I just can’t get out of my mind that they have only won four of their last 12 games across all competitions and those successive defeats against Bournemouth and Watford by an aggregate of 7-1 are still very fresh in the memory.Barcelona are not at their vintage best by any means but still certain to be crowned La Liga Champions in a season where they remain unbeaten and arch rivals Real Madrid have been bitterly disappointing.Barca don’t tend to play as well on their European travels as they do at Camp Nou and would undoubtedly settle for a draw tonight or an away goal with a one goal deficit but there’s every reason to think they can do better than that.Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte said: “This team is one of the best in the world – maybe they are favourites to win this competition.“On the other hand we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level,” the Italian added. “We have to try to have the perfect game.”Chelsea v BarcelonaUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-2 ChelseaApr 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 BarcelonaMay 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 BarcelonaApr 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 0-0 ChelseaOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-2 ChelseaOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 BarcelonaMar 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 1-1 ChelseaFeb 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-2 BarcelonaMar 2005 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 4-2 BarcelonaFeb 2005 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-1 ChelseaKeeping it simple with a win bet on Barcelona at 23/20 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BARCELONA 20 points at 23/20 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 62.84 pointslast_img

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