Barcelona v Chelsea Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 14th March 2018

After a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first game, Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea lock horns in the Camp Nou for a tasty UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Wednesday night. Barca are the clear favourites to win and progress through to the last eight, but could Chelsea spring a surprise?

The Blues earned a 2-2 draw to make it through to the 2012 final when they last visited to the Camp Nou, and they will be eager to pull off another miracle result in Catalonia on Wednesday. One thing’s for sure, Conte’s men will have to score if they are to stand any chance of progressing. This should be a fascinating fixture between these two European powerhouses.

Top Tips

Barcelona to Win to Nil @ 7/5

Barcelona to Win -1 @ 21/20

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Barcelona Form

After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid last weekend, Barcelona put one hand on the Spanish top-flight title. Valverde’s troops now sit eight points clear at the summit of La Liga with only 11 games left to play. They are the only unbeaten side left in the division, winning 21 and drawing six of 27 matches so far.

Barca also made it out of Champions League Group D unbeaten. Blaugrana pipped last year’s finalists Juventus to top spot by three points having won four and drawn two of six group matches. Not only are Barcelona being tipped to prevail and progress on Wednesday, they are also one of the favourites to win the Champions League outright.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid 4th March 2018 1-0 Win
Las Palmas v Barcelona 1st March 2018 1-1 Draw
Barcelona v Girona 24th February 2018 6-1 Win

Chelsea Form

Chelsea have made a pretty woeful start to 2018 in the Premier League, winning only two of eight games. Four defeats in five is even more concerning for the English champions. The Blues – who have lost their last two in the league both away from home at the two Manchester clubs – are in desperate need of all three points against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Chelsea have dropped five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the top four.

After losing out on top spot to Roma on the final day in Group C, Chelsea were drawn against the mighty Barcelona, while Roma were paired against Shakhtar Dontesk. Although the Blues are still in the tie, it’s hard to see Chelsea gaining a positive result in Catalonia.

Manchester City v Chelsea 4th March 2018 1-0 Loss
Manchester United v Chelsea 25th February 2018 2-1 Loss
Chelsea v Barcelona 20th February 2018 1-1 Draw

Head to Head Stats

Chelsea’s class of 2012 produced a memorable performance to reach the 2012 Champions League final in the last meeting between the two in the Camp Nou six years ago. The odds were stacked against Roberto di Matteo’s men that night, but goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres earned a 2-2 draw to put the Blues through with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Barca have not beaten Chelsea in eight attempts, but Lionel Messi’s equaliser after Willian’s opener in the first leg could prove to be pivotal in this tie. Chelsea huffed and puffed at the Bridge, but Barca did a professional job in the English capital.

20th Feb 2018 Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona Draw Champions League
24th Apr 2012 Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea Draw Champions League
18th Apr 2012 Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona Chelsea Champions League

Injuries & Suspensions

Barcelona will be without Marc Cardona and Denis Suarez while Andres Iniesta is a doubt with a hamstring strain. N’Golo Kante should be given the green light to play after fainting in training recently. However, both Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko are likely to miss out.


  • Andres Iniesta - Could miss out with a hamstring strain
  • Jose Manuel Arnaiz - A doubt with a groin injury
  • Denis Suarez - Out for a few weeks with a groin strain
  • Marc Cardona - Thigh injury will keep him out
  • Nelson Cabral Semedo - Side-lined until late March with a hamstring issue
  • Sergi Samper - Out for the season with an ankle problem


  • N’Golo Kante - Midfielder should return after fainting in training
  • Ross Barkley - Likely to miss out with a hamstring injury
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko - Could miss out again with a calf problem
  • David Luiz - Defender out with an ankle injury

Betting Tips

Barcelona are incredibly hard to beat on home soil as they are unbeaten at the Camp Nou in any competition since losing in the Spanish Super Cup to rivals Real Madrid way back in August. A repeat 2-2 draw for Chelsea will see the Blues go through, but we can’t see that happening.

Barcelona to Win to Nil

Since that defeat in August, Barcelona have won 18 of their 20 matches on home turf, with 13 of those coming with clean sheets. We’re backing Barca to win to nil at 7/5 this Wednesday.

Barcelona to Win -1

Blaugrana have won by more than one goal on a staggering 25 occasions in all competitions this season. We like the look of 21/20 for the home team to win this one with a -1 goal handicap.

Barcelona to Win Both Halves

Finally, we can also see Barca winning both halves on Wednesday, as they assert their dominance. This outcome is available to back at odds of 9/4.

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