Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona
Michael Owen looks ahead to Chelsea FC's showdown with FC Barcelona in the Champions League last 16
Michael Owen is backing there to be plenty of goals when Chelsea FC take on FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Blues head into the game looking to take a step closer towards securing a place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
Chelsea FC warmed up for the game by claiming an impressive 4-0 win over Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
With the Blues currently in fourth place in the Premier League table, the FA Cup and Champions League remain as their best hopes of a trophy this term.
And former Liverpool FC striker Owen is fully expecting to see the west London side and the La Liga giants both find the net at Stamford Bridge this week.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona and the Catalan giants have only won one of their six away games at the Bridge.
“I expect to see goals in what promises to be a terrific game and do note Barca have never kept a clean sheet at the Bridge although they only conceded one goal in the group stages of the competition earlier in the season.
“No Philippe Coutinho of course in the Barca ranks in West London, but we will see the dual threat of the brilliant pair Lionel Messi, who has played 655 minutes against the Blues without a CL goal, and Luis Suarez.
“Eden Hazard has three goals and two assists to his name in his last five CL games and the PL Champions need a big game from their own footballing superstar.”
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in style last season in what was Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge at the club.
However, the west London outfit did not have the distraction of European football as they were able to concentrate solely on domestic affairs.