In the first leg of 1/8 finals in the UEFA Champions League, Paris SG host Chelsea at the Parc des Princes.
These two teams have already met in the Quarter-finals last season and Chelsea went through in the semi. In the first leg PSG beat them 3-1, while Chelsea won 2-0 at home and because of goal in the first leg they have qualified in the semi-finals.
Home team doesn’t play superior in Ligue 1 this season. They are standing at the 3rd position with two points less than Lyon, but despite that fact, in my opinion, PSG is the main favorite to win the title.
In the Champions League they played very good in the Group F, especially at home, where they won all three games, against APOEL, Ajax and Barcelona.
The main PSG strengths is their home performance. They are without defeat at home from May 2014 when they lost at home against Rennes 1-2.
Paris St. Germain will be without Aurier (10/0 d), Cabaye (18/1 m) and Lucas (24/7 m), while Thiago Motta (19/0 m), Matuidi (23/0 m), Marquinhos (16/1 d) and Pastore (21/2 m) are all doubtful.
PSG: 4-3-3: Salvatore Sirigu; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Chelsea: 4-3-3: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta – Nemanja Matic, Ramires – Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard – Diego Costa.
Chelsea play great this season. They are standing at the 1st position in Premier League and they are the main candidate to win the title. The group phase of Champions League Chelsea finished at the 1st position, without defeat, and they are one of the main candidates to win this competition.
Chelsea FC will be without Obi Mikel (13/0 m) for this match.
It’s very hard to predict the games likes these in which everything can happen, but I don’t believe that both sides will play open. I expect very tough game and low number of goals.