Barcelona vs Chelsea Picks, Prediction and Odds

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Barcelona vs Chelsea Picks, Prediction and Odds

After beating Benefca Lisbon in their last game, Chelsea has advanced to Champions league semifinal and will meet Barcelona in the first leg on 18th April 2012 at Stamford Bridge, London, Chelsea's home ground. Match will begin at 02:45 pm EDT. Barcelona is a strong team but the way Chelsea has bounced back after 3-1 defeat to Napoli, Barcelona would not take risk to underestimate them. Aggregate winner of this semifinal will meet the winner of match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Chelsea and Barcelona have met six times in UEFA Champions League in last decade, and stats from those games suggest even encounter.

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Both the teams have been in phenomenal form. Chelsea drew its last game against Fulham in English Premier League. Apart from that, they've won all four games from their previous five games. In their last ten games, they've just lost two and won six. Chelsea will be playing in its home ground, Stamford Bridge, which would definitely be a great advantage. Barcelona, on the other hand has also been in tremendous form. In their last 10 games, they've been undefeated with eight wins to their name. They defeated Getafe 4-0 in last game and Real Zaragoza 4-1 in their last but one game. This score line proves that they are lethal enough to penetrate any defense. Barcelona will be depending a lot on Messi, but they have many other players who can do the job as well.

There's nothing to choose between the two sides if we take a look at head to head record between the sides. In their previous six ties, Barcelona has won and lost one. Chelsea too has won one game and lost one. Four of their last six games have been drawn which suggests how thrilling their game have been.

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Both of these two teams have been in excellent form and the team which plays better would win. There is a high possibility of a draw in this game considering their form and head to head record. Barcelona is having Lionel Messi as main striker who is top scorer in this competition. Considering their form, and record in this year's UEFA League stats, Barcelona is firm favorite for me, but it's going to be a thrilling encounter between the two.

  • Prediction: Barcelona- 2 Chelsea-1

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Their excellent record and high quality players in attack and defense suggests that they'll win this game but Barcelona cannot and should not underestimate Chelsea

  • Pick: Barcelona -143