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Chelsea vs. Barcelona
Chelsea Vs. Barcelona
They are two of the most-feared soccer clubs in all of Europe --reigning Champions League title-holder FC Barcelona and English giant Chelsea FC.
And the two will go head-to-head Wednesday in their third meeting in the past three Champions League seasons --with both teams winning a two-leg Round of 16 showdown.
In late February, Samuel Eto'o gave Barcelona a victory in London before Ronaldinho's goal proved enough at home as Chelsea could only draw.
That victory, of course, helped Barcelona to its Champions League crown.
A year earlier, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side fought through Barca only with a late header by John Terry before losing to eventual champion Liverpool in the semifinals.
Wednesday's encounter at Stamford Bridge is expected to be an exciting battle. Chelsea has a perfect six points from two victories in Group A.
Barcelona has four points from two games --after drawing at Werder Bremen. Still, Frank Rijkaard's Spaniards are three points ahead of the Germans, who welcome Levksi Sofia on Wednesday.
The biggest storyline of the match is Chelsea facing the title-holder with its third-string keeper Hilario after Petr Cech and backup Carlo Cudicini were injured in Chelsea's weekend Premiership match.
Mourinho has tried taking away the focus on Hilario, saying he's more concerned about the health of his two keepers --including Cech, who suffered a fractured skull.
"I care about my two friends. Barcelona is Barcelona, football is football. I care about it, but for me there are more important things. I want them both out of the hospital," the coach said.
Hilario will undoubtedly be spurred on by the London crowd. But will that be enough for Chelsea to handle the likes of Ronaldinho?
That remains to be seen, although Chelsea is the slight sportsbook favorite.. and favorite at Ecobika Sportsbetting picks too.
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