Chelsea vs Barcelona: Team News, Lineups, Match Preview & Score Prediction

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Chelsea and Barcelona are set to lock horns with each other in a clash of titans Champions League round of16 tie.

The Catalan giants visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to meet the Blues on Tuesday night for what is a classic Champions League contest.

Meanwhile, the Catalan outfit last did battle with the West London outfit back in 2012 in a dramatic semi-final loss.

And now, the boys of Ernesto Valverde will be out to avoid another shock exit at the hands of Chelsea.

On the other hand, the Blues welcome the La Liga giants with the lofty optimism of stopping the Lionel Messi-inspired side.

With Chelsea, however, having an unpredictable season and Barca looking totally spectacular, all signs point towards victory for the Spaniards.

Despite that, though, the Pensioners historically possess a wonderful record against the Catalans, staying undefeated in their last seven clashes.

Furthermore, Chelsea have emerged as winners in three of their last five meetings with the Spanish kings at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, however, faces a huge test of their Champions League credentials as they face Barca in this tricky looking game.

Blues manager, Antonio Conte is already urging his players to thread caution over Barca talisman, Lionel Messi when they meet.

On the other hand, though, Messi will also be very much eager to end his goalless record against the Blues.

Since the beginning of the year 2018, the reigning Premier League champions have struggled to secure positive results in matches.

But on Friday, they bagged their second straight victory by walloping Hull City 4-0 in the FA Cup fifth round.

Despite that, the Blaugrana are the favorites when they come visiting the West Londoners at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard

PREDICTION

These two teams are extremely similar in that they love to defend and be brutally efficient with the ball, but with Barcelona having a higher ball retaining efficiency.

Playing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge has been a fortress for the Blues against Barcelona in times past, so it’s hard to see anything other than a draw, but it’ll be a very good one for Barca: 2-2, with two away goals.

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