Chelsea vs Barcelona- match preview


Chelsea vs Barcelona
Champions League round of 16
Today 8:45PM

Team News
David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are out with injuries and are unlikely to feature. Ross Barkley is still working through the hamstring problem that kept him out of the first half of the season. and will not be starting.

Ernesto Valverde has no new injury concerns, with Thomas Vermaelen a doubt for the tie, but unlikely to feature in the starting XI regardless, boasting a fully fit squad otherwise.

Ousmane Dembele has been deemed fit and could start the game while new signing Philippe Coutinho is cup-tied, having featured for Liverpool in the group stages.

Match Facts:
The last Four meetings between these two have ended all-square, including when the teams last met back in 2015, though Chelsea did eventually progress in extra-time.

Barcelona have won just one of their last four away knockout matches in the Champions League.
Barcelona have won just one of their last five knockouts matches (both home and away) in this competition.
Chelsea have either won or drawn nine (90%) of their last ten home Champions League matches.
Barcelona have won four (40%) of their last ten away matches in the Champions League.

Predicted Line-up
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian; Hazard, Morata.

Barcelona: ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Suarez, Messi.


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