Chelsea will go into the first leg of their tie with the Spaniards full of confidence after dispatching Tottenham 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday. Roberto Di Matteo will hope that the lack of rest time between games will not impact upon his squad, and that adrenaline has the desired effect in motivating his players. With excellent wins over Napoli and Valencia in the mind in Europe this term, the Blues will hope for another historic home win to give them a chance of progression. Bwin give the hosts odds of 4.75 to get a win.
Barcelona are the favourites for this year’s Champions League, and have been in ominous form of late. A 2-1 win over Levante at the weekend has Pep Guardiola’s men on the heels of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, with a four-point gap ahead of next week’s Clasico fixture. In Europe the Blaugrana have been equally as ruthless, with Lionel Messi scoring five goals in the second leg of their quarter final tie with Bayer Leverkusen. Bwin give Barca odds of 1.65 to win.
This could well be a memorable night at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea need to win to stand a chance of making the final. However, my Champions League football betting tip is a 3-1 win to Barcelona, which Bwin have at 12.50.