Barcelona have had a bad week after consecutive defeats to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the space of four days. A 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against the Premier League team means that the Catalans have no away goals to bank on, and will need to be careful not to concede early against the English side in the return fixture. A 2-1 home loss to Real Madrid on Saturday means that Pep Guardiola’s men are now seven points behind their bitter rivals in the race for La Liga, and can all but kiss their domestic throne away. The club’s senior figures such as Carles Puyol, Xavi and Lionel Messi will be charged with inspiring the team to victory, and setting up a chance to become European champions for the third time in four years. The Blaugrana are overwhelming favourites to win the fixture, with Betfred giving them odds of 1/4 to claim victory.
Chelsea fans were delighted with the first-leg victory over the Spanish giants, and the side are looking rejuvenated, confident and dangerous under the tutelage of Roberto Di Matteo. A 0-0 draw away to Arsenal on Saturday keeps the Stamford Bridge club’s top four ambitions alive, but the west London club have lost ground on Newcastle, who now hold fourth place. Didier Drogba got the winner in the first leg and will be charged with scoring at the Camp Nou, whilst John Terry will play a key role in thwarting the home team’s advances. Betfred have the English team as 10/1 to get a win.
This should be an exciting and interesting game, with the Blues on the verge of a momentous progression to the final. However Barcelona are hurt and will look to get revenge; my Champions League football betting tip is a 3-1 win to Barcelona, which Betfred have at odds of 8/1.