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

Chelsea face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their Champions League semi final tonight. Here’s a preview with team new, line-ups & predicted score

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Chelsea face the daunting task of playing reigning champions Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their Champions League semi final tonight. 

The Blues have given themselves a great chance of causing a major upset after grinding out a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday, but will need a repeat of the superb defensive performance they produced that evening if they are to stand a chance of keeping Pep Guardiola’s men at bay again.

Barcelona go into the game off the back of two successive defeats having been beaten by rivals Real Madrid 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday night, while a much-changed Chelsea drew 0-0 at Arsenal.

The victors this evening will book their place in the final on May 16th at the Allianz Arena, with either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid the opposition.

Team News

Gerard Pique will return for Barcelona after missing the last two games with a minor injury. Javier Mascherano filled in at centre back in his absence, so the Argentine is likely to make way.

Lionnel Messi will play despite concerns over his fitness with the striker missing training on Sunday due to a fever. Pep Guardiola has no new injury concerns with only long-term absentees David Villa and Eric Abidal on the sidelines.

Roberto Di Matteo is almost certain to name the same eleven that performed so admirably in the first leg. The Italian rested eight of that line-up for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal, so should have plenty of fresh legs tonight.

Despite picking up a knee injury last Wednesday, Didier Drogba is in line to start after training on Sunday and Monday with the rest of the squad.

David Luiz is still out so Gary Cahill and John Terry will continue at the back, with the pair helping Chelsea to clean sheets in their last two games. Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole and Ramires are all one booking away from being suspended for the final.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Barca are usually formidable at the Nou Camp but Jose Mourinho showed how to beat the Catalans with a 2-1 win at the weekend, which will give Chelsea much confidence heading into this game. Despite the home side dominating i can see Chelsea sneaking one on the break and winning the tie on away goals. Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea (2-2 on agg, Chelsea to progress on away goals)

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section….

46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Osasphilip

    April 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I tink barca will go through gv d way they play nd chelsea ned to b at their bst if want to b in final for me barc2 0che

  2. Eberechi kingsley

    April 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    A Chelsea fan from nigeria in africa, i suggested that Chelsea should play attarck against barca,at nou camp, so that we will win the match or draw 2-2 at nou camp, so that the aggregate will be 3-2 against barca, and the should play as a team, i know that this is chelsea season to leftup champions league trophy. By kingsley eberechi.

  3. Eberechi kingsley

    April 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I know that barca, is not inline this season both la -li-ga and champions league.

  4. EDIAE COLLINS

    April 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    i think it is time for chelsea to rule europe,if the treat posed by barcelona can be overcomed,chelsea all the way7 men….lol…..

  5. kentexcy

    April 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    chelsea 1 barcelona 2. Up chelsea blues 4EVER!!!

  6. mr Tunde

    April 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    l pray for chelsea to get away goal

  7. baqi olayemi

    April 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    chesea is qualifyin today by the grace of god no mater agregate or not

  8. BABS

    April 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    everone,including non barca fans have alredy written chelsea off for tonigts game,bcos of d huge possesion barca had at the bridge.They know they’ve never had it easy playing chelsea.My prayer is that GOD should vindicate chelsea at d end of d game. barca 2-1chelsea.

  9. Eddyson

    April 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m 4rm nigeria the impossibility must b possible 2day chelsea 5 barcalona 1 i’m over confident…… Up blues…….

  10. Eddyson

    April 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m 4rm nigeria the impossibility must b possible 2day barcalona 1 chelsea 5 i’m over confident…… Up blues…….

  11. Vincent

    April 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Chelsea all de way

    • tiomthy

      April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      ithink barcelona will win the match but chelsea will qualify so my prediction is barcelona 2-1

  12. Iruoghene

    April 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I see chelsea going through with and away goal.barcelona 3 -2

  13. Iruoghene

    April 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Barca will definately have the possesion but chelsea will go through

  14. wenger

    April 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    chelsea will overcome barca

  15. Ife Olumide Chelsea

    April 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    As usual 4 us barka may posess the match but we the blue is the champion.

  16. Harbaryoor

    April 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    ……Chelsea…On Point…

  17. Allen

    April 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    i believe barca will win at camp nou, but chelsea will progress on goal aggregate.

  18. divine

    April 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    chelsea will beat barca 2-0

  19. Chikwiza

    April 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Today’s match is unpredictable because barca is angry for goals & chealsea cant afford to loose this game aswell. It will be 90min but the time will still not be enough for both teams. I predict 1 chealsea & 0 barca. A goal will be in the 79th minute. Reporting frm zambia chikwiza

  20. Chikwiza

    April 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Today’s match is unpredictable because barca is angry for goals & chealsea cant afford to loose this game aswell. It will be 90min but the time will still not be enough for both teams. I predict 1 chealsea & 0 barca. A goal will be in the 79th minute. Reporting frm zambia chikwiza mtambo

  21. Ivan

    April 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I believe it will be an even game and Chelsea will win and i am repeating it…Chelsea will win and the final score in Barca’s home ground…. Barcelona 1 Chelsea 2

  22. eva

    April 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Barca will win by 2 goals to nil. Chelsea will no qualify for the champions league next season

  23. ugwu ifeanyi

    April 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    chelsea2-1 barca, am nt mouth makin,d real thing ll hapen tonite,nd everybdy ll see different game entirely.

  24. don

    April 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    barca is wounded lion,they wil play to die,but let them take it slow,bicus no jupiter wil help them today.up chelly.

  25. Oluwasegun

    April 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Its high tym chelsea rules d world.chelsea nil barca nil

  26. Karis

    April 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Chelsea will go up to the final my prediction chel 1-1 berca. With no doubt.

  27. chuks

    April 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Its going to be a touch game. The game will end goaless draw and chelsea will go through.

  28. Sisay Workineh

    April 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I BELIEVE ON BLUES THEY WILL DEFEAT Barcelona with 3-2.Chelsea 3- Barcelona 2.
    Aggregate Chelsea-4-Barcelona 2.

    N:B BUT THIS WILL HAPPEN IF AND ONLY IF THE REFEREE IS FAIR!!!!!!!!

  29. Collins

    April 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Way! it is a very difficult task but barca will go to munich by beating chelsea 3-0 tonit

  30. Akpan Idongesit

    April 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Barca will play their magical football but JT the Rock and heart of chelsea defence will stop them tonite. Barca 1 – 2 Che. Blues 4 Life.

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