Chelsea will play against Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League at Stamford Bridge. There is a rich history of the meetings between these two sides previously. The spectators can surely expect a mouth watering match coming to their way.
Date : Tuesday, February 20
Time : 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET
Venue : Stamford Bridge
TV Broadcast : Fox Sports 2(US)/ BT Sports 2 (UK)
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Chelsea will be missing the service of Tiemoue Bakayoko in this big match against Barcelona. David Luiz also might not take part in the starting lineup of Chelsea. On the other hand, Conte have to choose one between Giroud and Morata to start upfront. Eden Hazard will have to show his class in this match to prove that he can be considered as one of the best players of the current era.
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Barcelona will be missing the service of Philippe Coutinho as he is cup tied and has played some matches for Liverpool this season. Otherwise, they have no serious injury problems to deal with. The combination of Messi and Suarez is always a danger sign for any opponent team and they can surely hope that these two players will perform at their best in this match too.
Probable LineUp :
Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.
Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Suárez, Messi.
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Recent Form :
Chelsea have won their last two matches in Premier League and FA Cup respectively. But the defeats against Bournemouth and Watford will keep them behind Barcelona at the beginning of the match as Barcelona are still unbeaten in the La Liga till date and are sitting at the top of the League Table.
Writer’s Take :
I will go with the match finishing with a scoreline of 1-1. Though Chelsea will try to keep clean sheet at home. But keeping Barcelona’s attacking force into consideration it will be really difficult to stop Barcelona from scoring.