Chelsea vs Barcelona Preview: Team News, Predicted Score & Likely Line-ups

By on April 18, 2012

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Chelsea welcome current holders Barcelona to Stamford Bridge tonight for the first leg of their Champions League semi final clash.

The winners of the two-legged tie will book a place in the final on the 16th May at the Allianz Arena, where either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid will await the victors.

The Blues have a faultless home record in the Champions League this season having won all five of their previous matches, conceding just two goals. This will be Chelsea’s sixth semi final appearance in nine years, but they will hope to improve upon their record of only winning one of those ties.

They face the task of overcoming the current champions Barcelona, and a certain Lionnel Messi, who broke the 60 goal barrier this season with a double against Levante on Saturday. However, Chelsea will be boosted by the fact that the Argentine ace has never got on the scoresheet in any of his six previous meetings with the Blues.

The last time the two sides met was at the same stage in 2009, in a highly controversial game that saw Andres Iniesta score a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, with the Spaniards progressing on away goals.

Team News

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has injury problems at the back with David Luiz a major doubt after being stretchered off against Tottenham on Sunday. Gary Cahill is also a doubt with a foot injury, but is expected to start alongside John Terry.

Branislav Ivanovic will return at right back after missing the FA Cup semi final through suspension, with Jose Bosingwa making way. Fernando Torres is pushing for a recall after only making the bench on Sunday, but Didier Drogba put in a superb goal-scoring performance versus Spurs so it will be difficult for Di Matteo to leave him out.

Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, and Ibrahim Afellay all returning to the squad. However, Seydou Keita has not travelled due to a thigh injury while David Villa is out for the season with a broken leg.

Cesc Fabregas is hoping to retain his place after starting against Levante on Saturday but it’s likely the rested Andres Iniesta will return in his place.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite their formidable reputation, Barcelona don’t have a great away record to Premier League sides having won only 5 of their 16 games on English soil. Chelsea will be full of confidence following their 5-1 win over Spurs but we can see a cagey first leg that will end in a draw. Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona.

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24 Comments

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  2. Smart Paul

    April 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Barcelona is getting d result 2nyt……..Its 3-1 in favour of barcelona

    • chris

      April 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      my dear sorry to anounce to you that the reverse is already the case. chelsea 3 barca 0

  3. chukey nice

    April 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Chelsea is taking the lead to night wit 2-1 win.yes barca is de best team in de world no doubt,but they ar still beatable

  4. Karan

    April 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Barcelona linup is totally incorrect. You will see

  5. Kelly

    April 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Chelsea fans u dnt ned to worri. Chelsea 3-1

  6. tee

    April 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    barca my foot!!!

  7. Neymar

    April 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Chelsea will beat barca 2-0

  8. Chiboy

    April 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Evrybody beleive dat barca wil beat chelsea 29t but it wil soprize people dat chelsea beat barca 3 1

  9. kentexcy

    April 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    chelsea 3 Barcelona 1. Up chelsea blues till Aman!!!

  10. Robinson

    April 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Barca is d best team in d hol world but 29t chelsea wil beat dem 2 0

  11. bilal

    April 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I Think the result is going to be 2-0 to Barcelona. Goodluck for both teams.

  12. Enstil

    April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    no wonda dat messi iz going 2 set a new record @ s. bridge by scoring 16 Goals in champions league.Barca 4- chelsea 1

  13. Enstil

    April 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    no wonda dat messi iz going 2 set a new record @ s. bridge by scoring 16 Goals in champions league.chelsea1 -Barca 4

  14. Whyte

    April 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Chelsea will win 4:1 f**k pep

  15. pedro

    April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    am looking foward 2 seeing messi breaking d uefa champions league record by scoring 2 against chelseafc,0:3 in favour of catalans

  16. Shah

    April 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Nothing wrong with Barca line-up…Chelsea should score first goal, but Barca would take the glory by scoring 2 goals.

  17. Haruna

    April 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Barcelona will beat chelsea 3-1 by all means.

  18. Max K

    April 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Chelsea to beat barca 3-1

    • KK

      April 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Messi will score but we’ll score two more!!!
      Messi is beatable

  19. Sebbymurix

    April 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Chelsea wil play counter game and win chelsea 3-Barc1goal.

  20. Brtxty

    April 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Up! up! Up! chelsea Up! Lets flood barca wth blues. 2-1 in favour of chelsea

  21. Harlex

    April 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    D Bluz will beat barca 2 9t

  22. harshil

    April 19, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Barca is going to win 5-1 with messi making a record !!!!

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