Chelsea travel to fortress Nou Camp for their second-leg, semi-final Champions League clash tonight (Tuesday, April 24) with a slender but valuable 1-0 lead from the home leg. Precious few preview articles or betting tips gave Chelsea any chance of winning that first leg against Barcelona. Now they have an even bigger task.
Chelsea defended hard and have their tenacity, the woodwork and dogged refusal to allow a way through in the first leg to thank for that victory. What lies ahead is the need to do it all over again but this time in the unwelcome amphitheatre of their rival’s own intimidating back yard.
Barcelona left West London questioning themselves after their missed chances at Stamford Bridge and then they suffered another rare reversal at the weekend when beaten by Real Madrid in the League. The doubts will have surfaced within Pep Guardiola’s team and what should have been a certain mauling of Chelsea must now look a whole lot bigger task, even at home in front of their own fanatical support.
Chelsea are in a phenomenal position. All they have to do is resist the lethal attacking force of Barcelona and the world’s greatest footballer, Lionel Messi, for 90 minutes plus stoppage time. It is a big ask, but the odds from the bookies look very tempting. Despite Roberto Di Matteo’s assertion that they will need to score in this second leg Champions League battle, I expect Chelsea to serve up more of the same by playing for that vital goalless draw. Expect their attacks to come only on the break.
Barcelona are regarded as certainties to win this leg at a best-priced 2/7 with Paddy Power. The draw is biggest at 6/1 with Bet365 and Chelsea are a giant 12/1 with BetVictor to actual win away at the Nou Camp.
Our role is to provide you with Barcelona v Chelsea Free Betting Tips and so we can’t shy away from a verdict. As suggested we can see Chelsea defying all odds and progressing to the final of the competition by achieving a hard-fought draw on the basis of the ‘defense first’ policy that served the Londoners so well in the home leg. We recommend a conservative wager at those 6/1 odds with with the superb Bet365.
The full list of match odds and the betting to win the Champions League is here: Champions League Betting