Chelsea vs Barcelona Preview

Chelsea vs Barcelona

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Stamford Bridge

Date: 20th February 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

After a poor run of form, Chelsea have gotten back to winning ways with two convincing wins on the bounce against West Brom and Hull City.

While those opponents cannot be compared to their visitors in this game, those wins have helped to restore some confidence and that is very important as they face Barcelona in this game.

With Barcelona struggling against teams who defend and hit them on the counter like Espanyol, Conte could adopt the same strategy here as his team have proven to be comfortable with counter attacks this season.

Four of their last five meetings with Barcelona have ended in draws.

Barcelona have also not been at their very best recently with their 2-0 win over Eibar last weekend only coming after two unconvincing draws against Espanyol and Getafe.

They also did not do so much to impress in their game against Getafe and Chelsea could get a first leg advantage in this game.

Barce come into this game as favourites especially as Chelsea have struggled recently, but they scored less than 12 goals in the group stages and that means they could struggle to break down Antonio Conte’s men here also.

Barce have won by more than a goal in only 2 of their last 7 games ahead of this match.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Chelsea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Chelsea 3-0 West Bromwich Albion 12 Feb, 2018 English Premier League
L Watford 4-1 Chelsea 5 Feb, 2018 English Premier League
L Chelsea 0-3 AFC Bournemouth 31 Jan, 2018 English Premier League
W Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United 28 Jan, 2018 English FA Cup
L Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea 24 Jan, 2018 English Carabao Cup

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Barcelona 0-0 Getafe 11 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Valencia 0-2 Barcelona 8 Feb, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
D Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona 4 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 1-0 Valencia 1 Feb, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Barcelona 2-1 Alavés 28 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona 29 Jul, 2015 International Champions Cup
Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea 24 Apr, 2012 UEFA Champions League
Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona 18 Apr, 2012 UEFA Champions League
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona 6 May, 2009 UEFA Champions League
Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea 28 Apr, 2009 UEFA Champions League

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