English Premier League leaders Chelsea will host reigning French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge in London on Wednesday, March 11.This match is the second leg of their European Champions League round-of-16 knockout tie. The first match ended in a 1-1 draw in Paris a couple of weeks ago. Chelsea took the lead in that game, but then took their foot off the gas pedal and were lucky not to lose as PSG created several chances late in the contest after tying it early in the second half.
bet365 lists the odds of a Chelsea win after 90 minutes at 1/1 with PSG 16/5 and a draw at 5/2.
These two teams met at the same stage of the tournament last year with PSG winning the first leg at home 3-1 and then being knocked out on the away-goals rule when Chelsea managed a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea can advance with a 0-0 draw here or an outright win while PSG will force extra time with a 1-1 draw and will advance with a win or a draw by any score other than 0-0. If the match does go to 30 minutes of extra time and can’t be settled it will then go to a penalty shootout.
Chelsea manager Mourinho was playing with fire in the first game and his conservative approach isn’t the way to go. Instead of continuing to attack and bury PSG in the first leg he let the French team back in the tie. Chelsea is unbeaten at home this season in the Premier League and Champions League, but were knocked out of the FA Cup after being beaten 4-2 by third-tier Bradford City. They’ve drawn three of their last four games at home though and won just one of the last five, but are on an eight-game undefeated streak overall.
The Blues didn’t play this weekend so have had plenty of time to rest and Mourinho more or less has a healthy squad to choose from. However, there are some question marks about Nemanja Matic as he has a minor injury which was picked up after Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley in the League Cup Final two just over a week ago.
PSG will be depending on Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to lead the attack and manager Laurent Blanc could throw on another striker or two to help him out. PSG and Chelsea have now met six times previously, but the French club has yet to win in London with a draw and loss and have yet to score there either. They have won just two of their last Champions League games on the road while losing three and drawing the other. They’re currently on a 14-match undefeated streak in all competitions which includes three straight wins on the road.
This tie is still up for grabs and PSG have the skill to pull out an upset at Stamford Bridge if Mourinho’s men play too cautiously. bet365 lists the odds of a Chelsea win after 90 minutes at 1/1 with PSG 16/5 and a draw at 5/2.