Barcelona take on the visitors Chelsea at “Camp Nou” in the second-leg fight of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Champions League. The game will be played in Barcelona on Wednesday, March 14th.
Barcelona didn’t manage to show their common eye-catching performance in London, having not created serious moments in attack. It looked like Ernesto Valverde had lost their tactical battle to Antonio Conte. However, the forthcoming clash in Spain should differ significantly from the mentioned above and “Blaugrana” has to pass over Chelsea. An away draw is a suitable result for Spaniards as they have advantage according to away goals rule. Thus, basing on the previous statistics there is no reason for Barcelona to surge forward in a try to thrash the opponent. On the contrary, “Barca” has become more practical under the rule of Ernesto Valverde while the team’s effectiveness in attack declined: four out of five recent encounters conducted at “Camp Nou” ended with under scored goals.
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The clubs’ head-to-heads history demonstrates that Chelsea are very inconvenient opponent for the Catalan grand. In the teams’ latest rivalry played within the UEFA Champions League the upcoming visitors knocked out “Blaugrana” on the semi-final stage. Besides, the first-leg tackle proved that the reigning champion of the English Premier League shouldn’t be dismissed as the Spaniards had been luck to gain the draw while Antonio Conte’s side could win with one- or two-goal margin. “The Pensioners” scored goals in four out of five recent games played at “Camp Nou”.
Both rivals demonstrate extremely careful football with not many scored goals in the clashes against the equal opponents. Taking into consideration the mentioned above I presume that the hosts will prefer accurate play without numerous scored goals. “Barca” will lead the fight and attack while Chelsea will prefer a tight defense with rapid counter-attacks.
Prediction for the match: Barcelona to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (1X). Under 3.5 scored goals.