Betting tipsPronosticos apuestasPonturi pariuriPronostici scommesseWetten tippsAposta e Ganha

facebook-hoover twitter-hoover behanse-hoover
Print

PSG seek Champions League revenge at Chelsea

PSG seek Champions League revenge at Chelsea

Eleven months on from their last visit to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, Paris Saint-Germain return on Wednesday looking for confirmation of their place among the Champions League elite.

In last season's quarter-finals, PSG came to London with a 3-1 lead from the first leg and with a huge 13-point advantage at the Ligue 1 summit, only to crash out after Demba Ba's 87th-minute strike took Chelsea through on away goals.

This season, a round earlier, the tie is even more evenly-balanced at 1-1, and it is Chelsea who are dominating domestically, five points clear in the Premier League with a game in hand, while in France, PSG trail Lyon by a point.

But in contrast to last season's London trip, PSG have Zlatan Ibrahimovic fit and in form, with the giant Swede having scored his third goal in four games and provided a delightful assist for Javier Pastore in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Lens.

Laurent Blanc's side have now gone 14 games without defeat in all competitions and despite their failure to recapture last season's heights, they remain in contention for an unprecedented four-trophy haul.

"Of course we have belief against Chelsea," said Blanc.

"We're in an unfavourable situation because they scored that famous goal (Ba's goal) that meant Paris didn't reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

"But we have to do the same thing as them. If we're as clinical as Chelsea were, I'll take it."

With PSG's owners, Qatar Sports Investments, having taken over at the Parc de Princes eight years after Roman Abramovich first brought his rubles to Stamford Bridge, the French champions have had to face the barrier of Financial Fair Play (FFP), which Chelsea did not have to worry about when Jose Mourinho was building the first great team of the Abramovich era.

The FFP sanctions that PSG were hit with last year restricted their close-season transfer activity, but they were nonetheless able to splash out an astonishing 50 million euros ($54.5 million) to sign David Luiz from Chelsea.

The Brazil centre-back aimed a tongue-in-cheek barb at Mourinho earlier this week, responding to a question about what made the 'Special One' so special by saying: "But he's special for you, not for me!"

Luiz deputised in defensive midfield for the first leg, but with Thiago Motta fit again after a calf injury, he is expected to return to central defence alongside Thiago Silva, who was rested against Lens.

In Lucas Moura's absence, Pastore has been tipped to get the nod to line up alongside Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani -- who cancelled out Branislav Ivanovic's opener in the first leg -- in Blanc's three-pronged attack.

Only John Mikel Obi is definitely out for Chelsea, with Nemanja Matic expected to return after a two-match domestic suspension despite hurting his ankle during the celebrations that followed the 2-0 League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea have had over a week to prepare for the game, having not played at the weekend, and centre-back Gary Cahill says they have left no stone unturned.

"We've been able to really work on specific things in preparation for it," the England defender, whose side hope to reach the last eight for the fourth time in five years, told the Chelsea website.

"We know the quality of PSG and the job that lies ahead of us. It's going to be like a final, a big one-off game, and we'll be ready to go out there and give it everything we have to get us into the next round."

The first leg was overshadowed after mobile phone footage emerged showing a group of Chelsea supporters preventing a black Frenchman from boarding a Paris Metro train prior to the game and chanting racist songs.

Chelsea reacted by banning five fans from Stamford Bridge and inviting the victim, known as Souleymane S., to attend the second leg, but he is believed to have declined the invitation.

 

Tags: chelsea | Paris Saint-Germain | UEFA Champions League

Best Free Bet Offers - Provided by engagesuperleague.co.uk

Click any of the bookmakers name to activate your free bet now.

1.       Unibet (sign up offer – free £20)

Deposit £20, bet with £40. Create a Unibet account here >>.

2.       Betfair (bet 10£ get 30£)

Get free 5£ no deposit required on casino. Create a Betfair account here >>.

3.       Bet365 (sign up offer - £200 in free bets)

Deposit £200, bet with £400. Create a Bet365 account here >>.

4.      Offsidebet (sign up offer - £25 in free bets)

Deposit £25, bet with £50. Create a new Offsidebet account here >>.

5.     Sky Bet (sign up offer – no deposit free £30)

Deposit 0, bet with £30.  Create a new Sky Bet account here >>.

Betting previews and tips

More betting news

News UEFA Champions League

Guardiola proud of Bayern despite defeat
Guardiola proud of Bayern despite defeat

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insisted he was proud of his team even though they lost the firs [ ... ]

Borussia Dortmund v Zenit - UEFA Champio...
Borussia Dortmund v Zenit - UEFA Champions League

Semak was handed control of first-team affairs at Zenit last week following the departure of Lucia [ ... ]

UEFA Champions League: Olympiacos v Manc...
UEFA Champions League: Olympiacos v Manchester Utd

Manchester United travel to Olympiacos in good spirits for the first leg of their last-16 UEFA Cha [ ... ]

UEFA Champions League: Zenit v B. Dortmu...
UEFA Champions League: Zenit v B. Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's bid to improve on last season's runners-up finish in the UEFA Champions League [ ... ]

Other Articles

BETTING NEWS & TIPS

Free-scoring champions hit the road
Free-scoring champions hit the road

Fresh from seven UEFA Champions League goals on Wednesday, Bayern Munich head to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in high spirits. Werder Bremen will surely h [ ... ]

Strugglers aiming to avoid another night...
Strugglers aiming to avoid another nightmare start

Burnley host Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, hoping to avoid a repeat of the shocking start they suffered when the teams last met at Turf M [ ... ]

Wenger calls on players to stand up and ...
Wenger calls on players to stand up and be counted

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to stand up and be counted ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham. Arsenal battled to a 2-1 victory at Ma [ ... ]

Dnipro vs Ajax: UEFA Europa League Previ...
Dnipro vs Ajax: UEFA Europa League Preview

Dnipro coach Myron Markevych is facing several fitness concerns ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europa League last 16 first leg against Ajax. The Ukrainian Premier  [ ... ]

Villarreal vs Sevilla: Europa League pre...
Villarreal vs Sevilla: Europa League preview

Marcelino Garcia Toral will be out to prove a point when Villarreal take on their coach's former employers Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. The [ ... ]

PSG seek Champions League revenge at Che...
PSG seek Champions League revenge at Chelsea

Eleven months on from their last visit to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, Paris Saint-Germain return on Wednesday looking for confirmation of their place among the [ ... ]