Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain
UEFA Champions League: Round of 16, Second leg
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday; March 9; 2016
Kick off: 19:45 GMT
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
On Wednesday night, Chelsea will be out for revenge for last season’s exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain – with the tie very much in the balance after the first leg in the French capital.
This is a potentially decisive week for the defending English champions, undefeated in 12 matches, begins with the task of overcoming a 2-1 deficit to PSG at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.
The Parisians, like Hiddink’s side, could only manage a draw at the weekend, failing to break down a resilient Montpellier side. It was a much-changed PSG side though, with Laurent Blanc leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz and Thiago Silva out of his starting XI, while key midfield pair Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi were sidelined.
A tight nervy affair is predicted as Chelsea try to avoid conceding an away goal while having to score twice on the night. Home advantage could be crucial, as it was two years ago when they advanced on away goals after a 2-0 victory at the Bridge.
Chelsea’s Premier League record: P29– W10– D10– L9
PSG’s Ligue 1 record: P29– W23– D5– L1
Chelsea’s Recent form (All competitions): D-W-W-W-L
PSG’s Recent form (All competitions): D-W-L-W-W
Head to Head Stats (Last 6 matches):
ICL 16-02-2016 Paris Saint Germain 2 : 1 Chelsea
25-07-2015 PEN Paris Saint Germain 1 : 1* Chelsea
ICL 11-03-2015 AET Chelsea 2 : 2* Paris Saint Germain
ICL 17-02-2015 Paris Saint Germain 1 : 1 Chelsea
ICL 08-04-2014 Chelsea *2 : 0 Paris Saint Germain
ICL 02-04-2014 Paris Saint Germain 3 : 1 Chelsea
PSG team news:
- Serge Aurier is still unavailable for selection, but Laurent Blanc will call upon the services of his strongest team.
- PSG have been handed a double boost after Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi were deemed fit enough to travel with the squad.
- Edinson Cavani may find himself back on the bench for this fixture, having dropped down the pecking order this season.
Chelsea team news:
- Chelsea can welcome back Nemanja Matic from suspension, but Radamel Falcao and Kurt Zouma are both sidelined through injury.
- The captain John Terry remains doubtful with hamstring injury.
- Baba Rahman is expected to feature at left-back once again, with Cesar Azpilicueta at the right, Branislav Ivanovic could be deployed as a central defender to start alongside Gary Cahill.
Chelsea predicted starting line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Willian, Oscar; CostaPSG predicted starting line-up: Trapp; Van der Weil, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura
• Chelsea’s shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W1 L3 (via UEFA):
1-4 v Liverpool FC, 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final
5-6 v Manchester United FC, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final
4-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
4-5 v FC Bayern München, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
• Paris’s European shoot-out record is W0 L1:
3-4 v Rangers FC, 2001/02 UEFA Cup third round
Match facts (via Opta):
- PSG and Chelsea face each other for the third time in succession, in what has become an iconic Champions League fixture. The Parisians defeated the Londoners at the same stage last season, while Chelsea were the victors in the 2013/14 quarterfinals.
- Despite having qualified last time around, PSG have defeated Chelsea only once in the 6 games they have played in the Champions League, a 3-1 win at home in 2013/14.
- Chelsea are the only English club to have ever defeated PSG at the Parc des Princes, defeating them 3-0 in the group stages of the 2004/05 season, which was Jose Mourinho’s first European game in charge of Chelsea.
- The Parisians have an excellent defensive record this season, only conceding once in the group stages. However, Chelsea have an excellent record against Ligue 1 opposition, having only lost twice in 11 games in the Champions League.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 PSG