Chelsea vs Barcelona 20 February 2018: Champions League Preview and Predictions
Round of 16
20 February 2018/1445ET
Chelsea (11/4) Draw (13/5) Barcelona (121/100) See the Latest Odds
Barcelona takes on Chelsea in a massive game in the UEFA Champions League. This is a tussle between two of the biggest clubs in the world and both former champions will hope that they can make it to the next round of competition.
Chelsea will be at home for the first leg of the tie and as a result, it is very important that Conte and his team wins this game. Stamford Bridge has been a fortress for the Blues in the past but this time around it will be interesting to see if the fans can get the team over the line especially considering the issues that the club is having with the manager and the striker position.
On the other hand of the coin, FC Barcelona are in top form and they will know that an away goal will almost seal the tie. This is one of the most talented sides in the world and with the likes of Suarez and Messi playing top-level football, it seems like they are going to be hard to beat. The defense is going to be the biggest issue for Barcelona since Pique seems like he is past his best while the other defenders are not at the level of the elite yet.
With all that in mind, I am going to suggest that this game ends in a draw. Chelsea are not in great form but I think they will be good enough to prevent defeat. As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good price on the draw so the outright market bet seems like the best option in my opinion.