Barcelona vs Chelsea betting tips and predictions for their Champions League fixture on Wednesday 14th March, with a team to win to nil as well as a first goalscorer tip included.
We look set to be in store for another cracker between these two European heavyweights. The tie is finely poised after a late Lionel Messi goal ensured Barcelona left Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw. That goal means Barcelona come into this game as favourites to progress to the quarter finals, although an in form Willian and co may have other ideas.
Chelsea played well at Stamford Bridge in the first leg and if anything were unlucky to not come away with at least a one goal lead, Willian was unlucky to hit the post twice! However, the Nou Camp is a different kettle of fish and are facing arguably the best side in Europe at the moment. They are yet to lose at home this season and are dominant in possession against anyone they come across. That will be no different here especially considering Chelsea have to try and score. I can see Barcelona coming out of the traps early to try and put the tie to bed. Once they get in front they should be able to see the game out. So the first Barcelona vs Chelsea betting tip is for Barcelona to be winning at Half Time and Full Time.
Although Antonio Contes men need to find the net, I just cant see that happening. They are going to have the majority of possession and opposed to recent years, they are extremely solid at the back. They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 matches at the Nou Camp, including last time out when they managed to shut out Antoine Griezmanns Atletico side. Barcelona are normally odds on when it comes to winning without conceding, but not here. The bookies maybe overestimating Chelsea, so we are willing to back Barcelona to win to nil for our second Barcelona vs Chelsea betting tip.
Lionel Messi as always is the favourite to find the net, however we are going for his partner in crime Luis Suarez. After a goal drought earlier in the season, which actually led for certain sections of the Barca support to question his place in the side, the Uruguayan has now rediscovered his goalscoring form. He has 11 in his last 11 games at home. Only Messi has more goals than Suarez for Barca this season, but they have an almost identical minutes per goal ratio. Suarez has also already bagged twice against the Blues when he played for Liverpool, so he has a bit of history there. At decent odds, we believe there is value in Suarez opening the scoring here in this game.
The Catalan giants are overwhelming favourites to qualify for the Champions League Quarter Finals and are 2/9 to do just that, with the Blues 3/1 outsiders. Willian struck the woodwork twice in the home leg, but if you fancy him to go one better here and open the scoring his odds are 12/1. Alvaro Morata is the favourite Chelsea player to score first and he can be backed at 8/1.
All these odds are with William Hill.