UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Chelsea (Agg 1-1)

A defensive mistake in the first leg gave Barcelona a huge away goal that has swung the tie in their favour ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Chelsea. The Spanish side are unbeaten at home all season, which does not bode well for the Premier League side.

Chelsea are incredibly unbeaten in their last eight matches against Barcelona but are not in great form heading to the Camp Nou.

They have lost their last four away matches and have only won one of three matches since holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Lionel Messi’s 75th-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge may have killed Chelsea’s chances here as the respective home and away form of both teams favours Barcelona going through to the next round and ending Chelsea’s positive run against them. Bet Now NaijaBet

TEAM NEWS

Barcelona- Lionel Messi missed the 2-0 win over Malaga this past weekend due to the birth of his child but will return against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Nélson Semedo is back in contention after missing the first leg through suspension but may miss out this time around through injury.

Ernesto Valverde has a potential problem on his hands with Andres Iniesta a huge doubt and Philippe Coutinho not eligible to play in the Champions League.

Paulinho and Ousmane Dembele are battling for a spot on the right flank with the former expected to get the nod.

Sergi Roberto is nursing a quad issue but Valverde expects him to start against Chelsea.

Denis Suarez and Sergi Samper are also doubts but neither are first choice anyway.

Chelsea- Ross Barkley, Tiemoué Bakayoko and David Luiz are all huge doubts for Wednesday’s trip to Barcelona.

Eden Hazard may be tasked with playing through the middle once again even though Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are available.

Conte must decide whether to start Cesc Fabregas against his former club or play someone more defensive in midfield like Danny Drinkwater.

Antonio Rüdiger is expected to start in defence at the expense of Gary Cahill once more.

MATCH FACTS

Barcelona have drawn their last 4 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 4 Champions League games.

Chelsea are undefeated in their last 9 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League).

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As at the time this post Barcelona has 1.50 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Chelsea has 7.02 odd to win the match also,while the odd to draw the match is 6.55 .

Who will win?