ComeOn! tells us why we should be expecting goals in West London in the Champions League this week.
Chelsea’s Champions League prospects hang in the balance as they face French giants Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The Blues go into this game 2-1 down on aggregate after Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel salvaged an important away goal at the Parc des Princes in the first leg just 3 weeks ago.
With Gus Hiddink’s side’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next year via the usual top four finish route looking all the more unlikely, the Dutch boss will be hoping his Chelsea team can repeat the heroics of the 2011/2012 season and win the competition outright.
Despite playing out a surprising goalless draw to Montpellier at the weekend, Chelsea’s opponents PSG have comprehensively swept aside any team that has stood in their wake this season domestically. Laurent Blanc’s men are currently no less than 23 points clear in the Ligue 1 table so far this year and will go into Wednesday night’s clash confident that a simple draw will see them through to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea: Blues fans will breathe a sigh of relief with the news that striker Diego Costa is expected to be back and recovered from his recent tendon injury for their PSG clash on Wednesday. Club captain John Terry meanwhile is still a doubt regarding his own hamstring injury.
PSG: The away side have an almost fully fit squad to choose from with right back Serge Aurier the only player unavailable for Wednesday due to a suspension.
Betting Tip – back over 2.5 goals this evening
These two sides have had a grand total of five meetings in just two short years in the Champions League and not a single game has produced less than two goals.
Chelsea and PSG met almost a year ago to the day in the last 16 of the Champions League with the French side battling to a 2-2 draw despite star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović seeing a contentious red card midway into the first half.
With Chelsea seeing a huge upturn in fortune since the takeover of their interim boss back in late December and indeed in front of goal (the Blues netted a total of 14 goals in February), we can see both sides pitching in with the goals Wednesday evening, making our price of 21/20 for the match to have over 2.5 goals very good value indeed.
With former manager Jose Mourinho struggling to motivate his star-studded squad at the best of times this season, Gus Hiddink’s men will need to make sure they go for ‘le jugular’ should they want any kind of positive result at Stamford Bridge Wednesday evening. But after their laboured 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the weekend, we feel in spite of home advantage that a draw is the best Chelsea can hope for on this occasion.
Chelsea 2-2 PSG