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Barça look for a place in the quarter-finals with a really tough second leg against the Blues

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Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Barcelona vs Chelsea


Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 2nd leg

First leg result: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona team news: Nélson Semedo, Denis Suarez, Yerry Mina (out), Andrés Iniesta (will play)

Chelsea team news: David Luiz, Ross Barkley (out), Antonio Rüdiger (doubtful)

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm BST (UK), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 1.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)

How to watch on TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), beIN SPORTS (Canada, Spain), SuperSport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: Fox Sports GO (USA), BT Sport Live (UK), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (Canada, Spain), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


So here we are. La Liga is pretty much wrapped up by now, so Barcelona must do well in the Champions League to make this a successful season. Winning it is never a given, but the semi-finals should be a realistic target. But in order to reach the Final Four, Barça have to get past Chelsea at Camp Nou and reach the quarter-finals first.

Blaugrana and Blues clash on Wednesday night in what should be the most competitive tie in the whole Round of 16. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea played a fantastic first leg and Barça were really lucky (and by lucky I mean Lionel Messi) to not lose at Stamford Bridge, and they have to improve a whole lot to reach the next stage.

This will be a really tough game for Barça, and Ernesto Valverde has a chance to silence some of his critics if his team plays a great game in front of the Camp Nou crowd.

You’re nervous yet?


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard


PREDICTION

I am beyond nervous about this one, but I trust the boys to get the job done: 2-1 Barça, Suárez double.