Manchester United and Chelsea are in Champions League action this week with both their ties delicately poised after the first-legs. BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen again previews all the second-leg midweek ties.
Barcelona v Chelsea (Agg. 1-1),
Lionel Messi’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge turned this tie on its head although Chelsea have drawn each of their last four visits to the Camp Nou.
Chelsea came from behind to win against Atletico in Madrid earlier in the season but Barcelona have won 23 Champions League ties against English opposition and I think, unfortunately, they will add to that tally at the Camp Nou.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea
Manchester United v Sevilla (Agg 0-0),
Manchester United have only lost one of their last nine home Champions League games (Real Madrid back in 2013) against Spanish opposition and I feel they will do enough to make it through to the quarter-finals – although their lack of an away goal is a concern.
I was surprised to hear that United have only scored seven times in their last 15 Champions League games against La Liga sides although it should be noted that Sevilla have never won a Champions League game in England although they did get a fortunate 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier in the campaign.
Manchester United and Sevilla drew 0-0 in Spain (Getty) Only Barcelona (2) have conceded fewer goals than United (3) in the competition so far this season and I do not expect to see many goals at Old Trafford.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Sevilla
So you see, being a former United player, Owen backs his club to get past Sevilla, while we are doomed according to him. Being a Chelsea fan, this is nothing new for us. It’s time to prove everyone wrong ONCE AGAIN and get over the odds, eh?
We predict a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou and an automatic qualification for Chelsea with an away goal advantage. What’s your predictions? Drop your comments!