Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea at the Parc des Princes
As we know, Chelsea (Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. Substitutes: Begovic, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Traore, Remy) lost the game 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain (Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell, Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Moura, Ibrahimovic, Di Maria. Substitutes: Sirigu, Van Der Wiel, Kurzawa, Rabiot, Stambouli, Pastore, Cavani.)
Paris Saint-Germain are the Ligue 1 leaders in the Champions League.
Of late, both the teams - Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been making waves, and although both have been trending in different direction, they’ve managed to stay in the news this season. The match that has been set for today reflects Chelsea as a sizable underdog to win at Parc de Princes. This is also the view of most of those who will be tuning in to watch the match.
Back in the month of December, when the pairings were drawn, Chelsea had managed to open at +275 with PSG which is the favorite at +100, according to the website that goes by the name of OddsShark.com. Since then Chelsea has flailed and Paris Saint-Germain has taken over. As of now Bovada has the Londoners valued at +475 with Paris Saint-Germain favoured at -155.
Injures and set pieces will end up playing a rather important role in this meeting. This is the third year in a row that these teams have stepped in the field to playing in the Champions League. We have also seen Chelsea losing their starting defenders week after week, and also seen John Terry joining Kurt Zouma amongst the Chelsea players unavailable for the first leg over the weekend. Paris Saint-Germain have managed to avoid major injuries this year, but also put on hold fullback Serge Aurier on Monday. This was after the Ivorian went on Periscope and attacked both his manager and teammates.
Many of you might think why we are talking about set pieces. That is so because Chelsea are down defenders and they will certainly be shot with dangerous crosses from Angel di Maria. And a free kick will only possibly bring them any goals in Paris tonight, if that is what they want. The number of goals that have been scored this season in Champions League off set pieces, is seven, out of which four have been taken by Chelsea’s player Willian.
We sure will agree that Chelsea has maintained a strong face in front of Newcastle but it the Parisians bring with them a much higher level of football to the field. Although it doesn’t look like it will be a blowout, still it won’t be the same as it has been between these teams in meetings now.
The performances of Pedro and Diego Costa, both part of Chelsea, have been pretty impressive. Both boys look like they are in great form. That sure makes the game look more hopeful. You can see Zlatan leading the players at +300 for the opening goal.