Barca to overturn first-leg deficit

The defending European champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last six

Chelsea travel to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night for the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final hoping to hold onto their one-goal advantage gained at Stamford Bridge last week.

Didier Drogba is expected to shake off a knee injury to take his place in Chelsea's starting line-up but David Luiz looks likely to miss out again. Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will all be hoping to return having been rested for last weekend's goalless draw with Arsenal. Branislav Ivanovic is also available despite his three-match suspension in domestic competition. John Terry and Gary Cahill have not lost any of the nine games that they have started together for club and country and, in five starts as a centre-back pairing for Chelsea, they have conceded only once.

Barcelona have no new injury concerns but long-term absentee David Villa remains unavailable for the hosts. Gerard Pique may return from injury while Cesc Fabregas is expected to start having been left out of the side beaten by Real Madrid on Saturday.

Only Manchester City have managed to beat the Blues in Roberto Di Matteo’s 14 games in charge since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas as caretaker manager. However, they have won only one of their last seven away games in the Premier League and they currently lie four points behind Newcastle United in fourth-place. Failure to secure a top-four finish in the league would render Champions League success as Chelsea’s only route into Europe’s elite club competition next season.

Following their 2-1 La Liga defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, Barcelona are almost certainly out of the race for the domestic title. The defending European champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games and failure to prevent Chelsea from scoring on Tuesday night would leave them needing at least three goals to progress.

Despite drawing blanks in his last two outings, Lionel Messi has scored 26 goals in his last 16 appearances and 63 in total this season. The Argentinian striker is available at odds of 5/2 with Stan James to break the deadlock at the Nou Camp.

Before the first-leg, Ladbrokes offered odds of just 1/7 for Barcelona to qualify at Chelsea’s expense. That price has since risen to 4/9 while Blue Square offer 2/1 for Chelsea to reach the final.

It is hard to see Barcelona failing to win for a third consecutive game but Sporting Bet offer as low as 1/5 for a home win.  The handicap betting markets offer much more attractive odds and, with Stan James, Barca can be backed at 7/10 to win by more than one goal. 

Recommended Bet:

Back Barcelona (-1) at 7/10 with Stan James

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 24/04/2012 - 16:12 PM
Filed in:- Champions League Betting News, Chelsea