Barcelona v Chelsea: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide

All the essentials as former champions Barcelona and Chelsea, level at 1-1, write a new chapter in their European rivalry.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde faces the media
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde faces the media ©Getty Images

Reporter's view: Given the away goal which Leo Messi scored in London, Barcelona are not actually required to beat Antonio Conte's Premier League champions. But the reminder from Chelsea fans last week that the Blaugrana  haven't beaten a Blues side with 11 men since May 1966 will rankle a little. Ernesto Valverde's side are attractive and robust in equal measures – but do they have the energy and edge to finish the job they began at Stamford Bridge?

Possible line-ups

First-leg highlights: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona
First-leg highlights: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitić, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez
Out: Denis Suárez (groin)
Doubtful: Iniesta (hamstring)

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Fàbregas, Kanté, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Out: David Luiz (knee), Barkley (hamstring)
Doubtful: Rüdiger (muscular)

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Fantasy Football top point scorers

Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen, goalkeeper (31 points, €6m)
Chelsea: Eden Hazard, midfielder (41 points, €10.8m)

Where to watch

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Fàbregas: Messi key for Barcelona
Fàbregas: Messi key for Barcelona

Weekend results

Málaga 0-2 Barcelona
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Form guide*

Barcelona: WWDWDW
Chelsea
: WLLDWW

*All competitions, most recent first

Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach

Chelsea v Barcelona: Five epic knockout clashes
Chelsea v Barcelona: Five epic knockout clashes

In the first leg we saw Chelsea's virtues. The initial result is good for us but we have to play our game and be ourselves. Chelsea can score at any time. They can take different approaches, they showed that in London. But when they push back and defend strong they are hard to break through. Maybe the secret is to keep pressing, but they are also very strong on the counterattack ... and a threat from set pieces. We have to be careful about that.

Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager

In the first leg we played a really good game – almost a perfect game – against a team I consider one of the best in the world. The final result gives Barcelona a great advantage. We know their philosophy will be to win the game and we have to try our best, have great concentration and keep our heads on the pitch the whole time. There may be times that we suffer, but we have to stay compact and when we have the ball we must in heads and hearts that we can score.

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