NairaBet Preview: Chelsea v Barcelona: Back Messi to score at Stamford Bridge

The diminutive Argentine has never found the back of the net against the Blues and will hope to break the duck this time

Chelsea renew their rivalry with Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were in FA Cup action on Friday and had no trouble against Hull City in the fifth round, with a 4-0 victory which sent them into the quarter finals.

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The Champions League presents another opportunity for Antonio Conte to lift a major trophy and his men are quoted by NairaBet at (3.60) for the first leg advantage.

The Blaugrana saw off Eibar 2-0 on Saturday to maintain their lead seven point lead atop the Primera Division standings.

This fixture has served up some memorable moments in the past and Barca are offered at (2.15) to bag the essential away victory.

A draw in West London is priced at (3.60).

This will be the 13th time that these two giants will face each other, making it the fifth most played fixture in the Champions League.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven European meetings (two wins, five draws) with the Catalans and are good to avoid defeat at (1.70).

The Blaugrana however hold the advantage in the knockout stage eliminating the Blues on three occasions. Backing them to either win or draw at Stamford Bridge is available at odds of (1.30).

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Ernesto Valverde’s charges have the best defensive record in the Champions League this season, conceding just once. However they have never kept a clean sheet in West London and are valued at (1.35) to concede again while it’s (1.65) for both teams to find the back of the net.

Lionel Messi has played 655 minutes against Chelsea in the Champions League but is yet to score. This makes Conte’s men the team he has featured for that many minutes and not net.

The all-time leading Blaugrana scorer is tipped by NairaBet to score first at odds of (3.70) and (1.75) anytime.