The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League fixtures are tonight and a lot of entertainment is expected as we should see some feisty encounters coming into this one.
UEFA Champions League
Chelsea v PSG – Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 (Bet365) – 3 points
Chelsea host PSG in a time where they have been undefeated since Guus Hiddink has taken over in the league, with their only loss coming under him was the first leg against PSG, where they lost narrowly by a score of 2-1. Chelsea have a good offensive unit, but they have bene patchy at times with Costa, Willian, Hazard and Oscar taking different opportunities among themselves in order to score for the team. Costa who had been their leading scorer last season, has only recently started scoring consistently, and as he was rested on the weekend, a big hope will rest on his shoulders to deliver for Chelsea. Chelsea’s struggle has come purely on the defensive end especially since the injuries to Zouma and Terry, which has now seen Cahill and Ivanovic take the reigns in the centre of the backline. Chelsea have now conceded goals in 7 straight games which has seen both teams scoring in all 7 of those games.
PSG have pretty much sealed of their league and rested majority of their stars this weekend, much like they did in the first leg of the tie where they drew 0-0 with Lille, this week drew 0-0 with Montpellier. PSG will come into the tie with a 2-1 advantage, knowing that an early goal can almost seal of things for them, leaving Chelsea with the need of 3 goals to qualify and at least 2 to take it to extra time. PSG will take confidence seeing that they were easily able to breach the Chelsea defence back in Paris and that at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have conceded in 8 out of their last 9 games, showcasing that teams take the attack to Chelsea and the Bridge is no longer a fortress. Ibrahimovic, Di Maria and Cavani in particular have shared the load in scoring and in particular Ibrahimovic loves these sort of nights and we can expect him to find the net. PSG’s defence has shown signs of cracking as they conceded against 3 good teams away from home in Lyon, Marseille and St. Etienne in their last 3 on the road, while even Chelsea beat their offence back in Paris.
Chelsea should look to start the offensive attacking from the beginning, knowing that getting an early goal can help seal things as 1-0 should be enough for them, but I expect PSG also to start in that same attacking vein. Both Teams to Score should definitely be the pick of the game tonight.