Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain renew their Champions League rivalry in Wednesday’s Round-of-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge. Scores will be settled between two of the world's richest clubs after some memorable and tight encounters in London.
The last time PSG and Chelsea met at Stamford Bridge was in last year's Round-of-2016 second leg, with PSG captain Thiago Silva delivering a magical header with six minutes left in extra time to advance the 10-man side on away goals in a 3-3 aggregate score.
In 2014, it was Chelsea advancing on away goals at Stamford Bridge and also on a 3-3 aggregate score. The Blues entered the quarterfinals matchup down 3-1, but Demba Ba's goal in the 87th minute stunned the visitors.
In this year's London showdown, PSG hold a 2-1 advantage after goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani at Parc des Princes. Chelsea enter the match with a crucial away goal, courtesy of John Obi Mikel.
However, Chelsea are far removed from the dominate form that won last year’s Premier League title, and though there have been clear signs of improvement in recent weeks under interim manager Guus Hiddink, there is a sense that the squad is still lacking in cohesion.
Hiddink will be without veteran center back John Terry, who continues to nurse a hamstring injury he suffered on Feb. 13 against Newcastle, but Diego Costa (tendon), Kenedy (hamstring) and Pedro (hamstring) have all returned to training.
PSG enter the matchup with a Ligue 1 title all-but wrapped up, but do have some injury concerns. Midfielder Marco Verratti (groin) and Blaise Matuidi (thigh) may be game-time decisions for manager Laurent Blanc.
Meanwhile, winger Angel Di Maria returned to action Saturday for 61 minutes against Montpellier, and is expected to start against Chelsea.
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Prediction: Despite a disappointing home draw to Stoke City on Saturday, Chelsea enter the second leg with domestic success in their recent contests, and some of that improved play should carry over against the visitors. But the Blues' defense has not held an opponent to a shut out in their last seven matches across all competitions, and it should prove difficult to contain the fluid PSG attack.
Predicted Score: PSG over Chelsea, 1-0