Barcelona vs Chelsea
UEFA Champions League
BAR vs CHE MATCH PREVIEW:
Whoever wins this match will be the last team to enter the quarterfinal as by the time Barcelona and Chelsea kick-off the match, and taking away all the hypothetical imaginations from Besiktas’ match, Bayern would be the seventh team waiting for them in the hat.
Barcelona will be the favorites after scoring the all-important away goal after Lionel Messi ended his goal drought against Chelsea. Also considering the fact that Barcelona are unbeaten in home matches, the Blues know they have an insurmountable task of getting through to the quarterfinals.
With eight-point separating the Blaugrana and Atletico Madrid at the 2nd place, La Liga seems destined for Camp Nou this season. As a result, Lionel Messi & Company can fully focus on their Champions League campaign.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are trying everything in their capacity to save this season. The Premier League title was already gone by December and the Blues also suffered cup exits earlier than they would have expected.
So Champions League and finishing in the top-4 remain the top priority for Antonio Conte and his stuttering men.
When: March 15th, 01:15 AM IST
Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Barcelona – D W D W W W
Chelsea – W W D L L W
BAR vs CHE TEAM NEWS:
Antonio Conte hailed Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as a ‘Genius’ and will be hoping that the 2010 world cup hero doesn’t feature in this match as he will have a late fitness test.
Lionel Messi missed the Malaga clash due to the birth of his child, but will definitely return for this clash. Philippe Coutinho is ineligible after playing for Liverpool. While Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto are racing against time to be fit for this clash.
Stegen (GK); Roberto, Pique, Untiti, Alba, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi
Centre-back David Luiz, January signing Ross Barkley, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are all doubts for the visitors.
Courtois (GK); Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Moses, Willian, Pedro, Hazard
Barcelona- 5 times winner, 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
Chelsea- One title, 2012
Head 2 Head- Thirteen meetings in official matches
Chelsea- 03 wins
Draw – 6
Barcelona – Messi, Suarez, Rakitic
Chelsea – Willian, Hazard, Kante
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
All the good work that Ernesto Valverde has done so far this season will be undone if Barcelona comes unstuck against Chelsea. Though, we are not predicting that and are backing the hosts to finish the job.
A 2-0 win looks a good value for money.
BAR VS CHE FANTASY TEAM:
NOTE: THIS BAR VS CHE MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.