UEFA Champions League (Preview): Chelsea vs PSG

UEFA Champions League (Preview)

UEFA Champions League

Round of 32, Second Leg

Stamford Bridge

09 March 16, 1445 ET

It’s deja-vu time for two European elites once more as Chelsea host Paris St-Germain in the Stamford Bridge, making this a third consecutive season where both clubs meet at the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

With a 2-1 defeat at the first leg, Chelsea will have to be at their best to take advantage of a lacking PSG, a team that has lost one and draw one of their last three games. Although the English club themselves had drew against Stoke City last weekend, the timely return of Pedro and Diego Costa may yet provide a stronger team for the fight.

Of course, players facing such a match with so much as stake would never miss a chance to trash-talk. PSG ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also scored a goal in the first leg fired the first shot by labelling the London club’s players ‘babies’, while the PSG twitter account humorously (or not) labels Diego Costa a ‘fraud’.

Match Facts:

Chelsea

  • Chelsea have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League 12 times in the past 13 seasons, making the quarter-finals eight times
  • The Blues have scored in their past 22 Champions League home games; the last time they failed to score was in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in April 2011
  • Injury news
    • John Terry will be missing out with a hamstring injury
    • Pedro and Diego Costa are set to return

PSG

  • In the past three years PSG have made it successfully into the quarter-finals
  • PSG have failed to score in five of their six away games against English clubs in European competition; the only exception was last season against Chelsea (2-2 in the second leg of the last 16)
  • PSG have the best defensive record in this season’s Champions League (two goals conceded in seven games); they are also the only team yet to concede a goal in the second half of a Champions League game in 2015-16
  • Injury news
    • PSG Boss Laurent Blanc will make a late decision on whether or not he will include midfielder Marco Verratti (groin)

Previous Encounters

DateMatchResultCompetition
02 Apr 2014PSG vs Chelsea3-1UEFA Champions League
08 Apr 2014Chelsea vs PSG2-0UEFA Champions League
17 Feb 2015PSG vs Chelsea1-1UEFA Champions League
11 Mar 2015Chelsea vs PSG2-2UEFA Champions League
16 Feb 2016PSG vs Chelsea2-1UEFA Champions League

Last Six Performances

chelsea paris
Stoke City 1-1 (h) drawdraw Montpellier 0-0 (h)
Norwich City 2-1 (a) wonwon St Etienne 3-1 (a)
Southampton 2-1 (a) wonlost Lyon 2-1 (a)
Manchester City 5-1 (h) wonwon Reims 4-1 (h)
Paris St Germain 2-1 (a) lostwon Cheslea 2-1 (h)
Newcastle United 5-1 (h) wondraw Lille 0-0 (h)

 

Most Popular Bets

ChelseaPSGDraw
42.42%39.16%18.43%

Odds

TeamOdds
Chelsea1.7
PSG1.8
Draw2.4

Prediction

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Diego Costa will return to provide Chelsea’s frontline with much-needed aggression.

Diego Costa will return to provide Chelsea’s frontline with much-needed aggression.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will once again be the man to watch as he spearheads PSG’s attack.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will once again be the man to watch as he spearheads PSG’s attack.

Chelsea will have to survive without the able leadership of their captain, John Terry.

Chelsea will have to survive without the able leadership of their captain, John Terry.

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