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Chelsea hold away-goal advantage in PSG encounter

| 11.03.2015

Chelsea will be aiming to capitalise on their away-goal advantage when they host French champions PSG in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, having secured a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes.

The two teams played out an intriguing stalemate in Paris, setting up a potential thriller at Stamford Bridge, and the hosts are 4/1 to win and both teams to score, after Edinson Cavani’s strike cancelled out Branislav Ivanovic’s first leg opener.

Jose Mourinho is hoping for further European success, having lifted the Champions League already in his career with Porto and Inter Milan, and his Blues are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

PSG’s task is made even tougher by the fact Chelsea are yet to be toppled in Europe so far this current campaign, drawing three times and rallying to four triumphs. Mourinho’s men are even-money to win, while their French opposition are 2/1 to cause a shock and qualify.

Laurent Blanc’s second-placed Ligue 1 outfit have won just twice in their previous five games, but will travel to London on a high, having overcome Lens 4-1 in their last domestic league outing.

Superb Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target in that recent victory, and is available at 15/8 to strike anytime in 90 minutes against his former manager Mourinho.

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has netted in this fixture before, and bagged his side’s opener last time out, with the Brazilian available at 20/1 to do so again at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s key threat will again be Spain international striker Diego Costa, with the controversial centre forward a 4/1 chance to strike last.

The hosts will be without midfield stopper Nemamnja Matic after he injured his ankle in the League Cup celebrations, following their win over London rivals Tottenham. John Obi Mikel will be unable to deputise as he is also sidelined following knee surgery.

First leg goalscorer Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis will all have to be cautious, as they are each just one booking away from a suspension. The visitors have injury woes of their own as Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier miss out with knocks, but Yohan Cabaye has recovered from a thigh strain on time.

PSG were close to beating their Premier League opposition at this stage last season, before former forward Demba Ba netted three minutes from time to send Mourinho’s side into the last four on away goals.

Blanc’s battling Parisians will have to score at Stamford Bridge to have any chance of progressing, and they are 11/2 to secure victory to nil.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.