Chelsea is coming off a surprising loss in their last Premier League match, which really hurt their title chances, and they are the Champions League betting underdog on the road facing Paris Saint Germain.
PSG is in form and they have the France Ligue 1, pretty much, in the bag, but can they beat the English giant in the first leg of this Champions League quarterfinal tie?
PSG is on a nine-match winning streak and while they are the favorite against Chelsea they may have had the easiest road to the CL quarterfinals.
Their group was one of the easiest and then in the round of 16 they beat a Bayer Leverkusen squad that has had issues this season and is in fourth place in the Bundesliga.
PSG was the Champions League soccer betting lines favorite posted at +105 with Chelsea at +300 and a draw line of +250.
While France Ligue 1 does not have the talent of the Premier League PSG has looked great scoring the most goals, by a wide margin, and conceding the fewest.
The Blues have lost two of their last three matches and which team will show up in Paris? The one that lost 1-0 in their last two losses or the one that blew up for six goals in a big win over Arsenal?
In Premier League play Chelsea has scored the third most goals and conceded the fewest. It is no secret that their defense must key on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored the most goals in Ligue 1 by an 11-goal margin.
He and Edinson Cavani, who ranks second in France in goals, have combined for 39 goals on the season and if the Blues’ defense can shut them down they will be in good shape.
PSG has only suffered one home loss this season and that was to Lille in the Coupe de France round of 32.
Chelsea has two losses, one draw, and one win in their last four road matches. Eden Hazard leads a deep squad that has eight players that have scored at least three goals in the EPL season.
Samuel Eto'o is a question mark for this match and his loss would be a blow, as he has the second most goals for the Blues this season.
Jose Mourinho coached Chelsea to a 3-0 win in Paris in the Champions League back in 2004.
He is back in the Blues’ fold and with the issues the squad has in England he has pressure to guide Chelsea deep in the Champions League.