Ernesto Valverde will be feeling very positive, ahead of our Barcelona vs Chelsea preview and football odds, with his side set to kick on well after recording a much-needed victory over Atletico Madrid in La Liga recently. That means that they can focus more on Europe.
Barcelona have had a terrific record at home for a long while now and still find themselves unbeaten in La Liga after nearly 30 fixtures this season. The hosts are tough to break down and Chelsea will have their work cut out to try and find a way to topple them.
Our Barcelona vs Chelsea predictions back the hosts to progress into the next round of the competition, which makes going for a home victory in our Champions League predictions the way to go.
Chelsea have proven themselves to be very negative recently, with a lot of pressure piling onto Antonio Conte to perform in this tournament given the fact that the away side are way out of the equation this year in terms of the Premier League title.
Barcelona should be confident of taking the victory and moving into the quarter-final stages of the Champions League, with the Blaugrana unbeaten across their last 25 consecutive games in competitive action at Camp Nou. Valverde’s men have started to forget what it feels like to lose.
A recent league win against Atletico Madrid will further strengthen how powerful the Barca squad are feeling, with there being a real chance for Valverde to win the Spanish league title, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League all in his first season in charge. William Hill offer the best odds on them to take a good first step towards that goal on Wednesday evening.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been in excellent form and proved very decisive indeed in 2018, with the Argentine star likely to make a difference regardless of how well drilled and organised Conte’s system is when it arrives in Catalonia midweek.
Our Barcelona vs Chelsea bets back the home side to grow into the game, in what will inevitably be a cagey first half. Chelsea know that their season rests upon going through on Wednesday, with not much left to play for besides in terms of trophies. They will set up to frustrate and to try and catch Barca on the counter-attack. Conte is more than capable of getting them to the break unscathed.
Eventually, however, Barca’s control and possession should pay dividends. Valverde’s midfield has been in very good form recently, with Messi able to make a difference and find a way through even the toughest of units. Against Atletico Madrid recently, it was his free kick at Camp Nou that made the difference in a 1-0 victory.
Our Barcelona vs Chelsea betting tips suggest that the away side will have it tough in Catalonia, with the only outcome appearing to be that the home side will continue their terrific form at Camp Nou and progress into the quarter-finals.
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