Champions League last 16 Wednesday Preview – Second legs

The final two places of the Champions League quarter-finals will be decided on Wednesday with Chelsea looking to make it three English teams in the last eight.

Manchester City and Liverpool are already through, and Chelsea are hoping to join them as they travel to Barcelona having drawn 1-1 in the first-leg at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte admits his team will need to play the ‘perfect game’ to progress past Barca.

“When you play against Barcelona – a team that I consider is one of the best in the world – if you want to have a hope to win you have to play a perfect game,” Conte said.

“We know there are moments to suffer for every team against Barcelona, we must be prepared to suffer, to be compact. But when you have the ball you must have the feeling in your head, your heart, to try to create the chance to score.

“Every team must be prepared to suffer their possession because Barca like to dominate the game. Without the ball, you suffer, you have to suffer to defend well.

“When we have the ball we must know very well which is the way to try to score and create chances in the same way we did at Stamford Bridge.”

The other tie on Wednesday is something of a dead rubber with Bayern Munich travelling to Besiktas with a 5-0 advantage from the first leg.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with BoyleSports’s Lawrence Lyons.

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Second leg
Besiktas 17:00 Bayern Munich (agg 0:5)

Besiktas Park

TEAM NEWS: Besiktas come into the game without injured Pepe and Dusko Tosic, whilst Domagoj Vida is suspended. Bayern are without Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer, whilst Corentin Tolisso and James Rodríguez are major doubts.
KEY FACT: No team has ever overturned five-goal deficit
MATCH ODDS: Besiktas 11/2 Draw 7/2 Bayern 1/2
GRAEME SAYS: Away win, no matter what team Bayern play…0-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Robert Lewandowski, one of Europe’s top strikers – great buy

Second leg
Barcelona 19:45 Chelsea (agg 1:1)
Stadio Olimpico

TEAM NEWS: Barcelona come into the game without injured pair Denis Suarez and Nelson Semedo, whilst Andres Iniesta is a major doubt. Chelsea have a near fully fit squad with only Ross Barkley and David Luiz missing out.
KEY FACT: Barcelona have lost only four of their 39 Champions League knockout games at home
MATCH ODDS: Barca 4/9 Draw 15/4 Chelsea 13/2
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see Chelsea stopping Barca here…2-0
LEON SAYS: Barcelona Half time/Full time @21/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Lionel Messi…can he go up in value anymore?

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