Chelsea FC have always seemed to have Barcelona CF’s number when it comes to the UEFA Champions League, but given their recent form it will be very difficult for them to oust the high flying Catalans when the two sides clash in in the round of 16 first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea FC enjoyed two heavy back to back wins in the League and the FA Cup against West Bromwich Albion and Hull City respectively. This came after two successive thumping league defeats against AFC Bournemouth and Watford. The two wins will definitely give a lot more oxygen to Antonio Conte’s endangered managerial role at the Bridge ahead of arguably their biggest game of the season.
The mighty Catalans have been on a role this season in the La Liga. With a 7 point lead at the top of the table, Barcelona are the only team in Europe’s top 4 leagues to have not lost a single match in the league this season.
Chelsea vs Barcelona Injuries And Suspensions:
Chelsea will continue to miss winter signing Ross Barkley due to a longstanding hamstring injury. The Blues will also be missing fellow midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and central defender David Luiz due to injuries unspecified.
Barcelona will be without Thomas Vermaelen due to a muscular problem and defender Nelson Semedo due to suspension.
Chelsea vs Barcelona Probable Lineups:
Chelsea vs Barcelona Last Meeting:
The last meeting between the two clubs came in the 2012 UEFA Champions League semi final second leg. Chelsea drew 2-2 on the night at Camp Nou and made it to the final after winning 3-2 on aggregate.
Chelsea vs Barcelona Key Players:
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be banking upon star man Eden Hazard for the total game play with Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, Ngolo Kante, Thibaut Courtois and Pedro Rodriguez in support.
The mighty FC Barcelona will be banking upon their star studded attack of Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi with Ivan Rakitic, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Gerrard Pique to give support.
Chelsea vs Barcelona Head-To-Head Stats:
Chelsea wins: 4
Barcelona wins: 3
Chelsea vs Barcelona Current Form (In All Competitions):
Chelsea vs Barcelona Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled for Wednesday from 01:15 a.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony Ten 2 for the Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.
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