The last time Chelsea took on PSG in Paris, things didn’t go according to the plan and it was the home side that prevailed by three goes to one. It was a devastating results for the English, but they managed to score twice at Stamford bridge while preventing opponents from scoring at least once. That was a fortunate turn of events and something that is unlikely to happen in this double leg it round.
PSG will feature the same starting formation that they are using in championship games, with three strikers and for midfielders. The problem is that even though they have so much quality upfront, recent results are disappointing and the team is in danger of failing to defend the title. Over the weekend, they allowed two goes in the last minutes of the game and had to settle for a single point in Paris.
This enabled Lyon to expand its advantage at the top of the division, while PSG failed to take advantage of Marseille’s draw. Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Lavezzi are going to play together against Chelsea and the host are hoping that these three strikers will throw the visitors balance. At least on paper, the English side doesn’t have strikers of the same caliber and will rely almost exclusively on Diego Costa.
The Spanish striker is very prolific in England, confirming the high expectations that were built around him after he was transferred from Atletico Madrid. He was spearheaded the offensive and Remi is going to join him up front, with two strikers being all that Chelsea will use in Paris. Mourinho is once again coaching the team, which means a great deal for the visitors as he is an immensely experienced manager who knows how to tackle these sorts of challenges.
PSG is not exactly in top shape these days and the fact that they have such a hard time at winning home games against mediocre teams doesn’t bode well ahead of this fixture. Chelsea will try to take advantage of their struggles and win the first leg, so that by the time they returned to London, they will be already ahead. Anything short of a home win will send shockwaves in Paris among the fans and management alike, so the pressure is crushing on PSG.
Punters should take the 0:0 Asian handicap and bet on Chelsea to win on the road, because the odds exceed even value. A single point would be sufficient for the Blues, because they are invincible at Stamford Bridge where they already won 10 matches this season and will probably prevail against PSG.