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PSG v Chelsea: Blues to triumph in battle of the billionaires

| 17.02.2015

Joy is an emotion that has frequently eluded Chelsea on their trips to France, but this Paris Saint-Germain sojourn is sure to yield victory.

The Blues have prevailed just once in six visits to the land of berets and fine wine, but this stat carries as much weight as a supermodel on Atkins next to this raft of factors favouring the visitors here.

On account of this, Jose Mourinho’s men headline our best bets on this Champions League last 16 clash.

Chelsea to win @ 9/5

PSG may be unbeaten in 32 continental collisions at the Parc des Princes, but with a host of main men confined to the sick bay for the west Londoners’ visit, they don’t look best placed to maintain this laudable streak.

Six superstars are out injured, four of which would be certain starters.

Such misfortune is sure to spur on the travelling party, whose only victory on French shores came at this venue.

Chelsea win to nil @ 31/10

Having conceded just one goal in the Champions League so far and winning 5-0 at Schalke on their last cross-continental road trip, few factions boast a better rearguard that the west Londoners.

Bradford FA Cup blemish aside, they haven’t allowed a single adversary more than a solitary strike since a New Year’s Day massacre at Tottenham.

Five clean sheets (all of which ultimately accompanied by bolted-on victories) followed their 5-3 White Hart Lane reverse.

Under 2.5 goals @ 3/5

Not the sort of price that’s going to have you rushing into work Wednesday morning brandishing resignation letters and dousing your colleagues with choice adverbs, but for those who enjoy a winner, this is the bet for you.

Were it not for two Caen strikes in the 89th and 90th minute last time out, Les Parisiens would’ve contested six straight encounters yielding fewer than three goals heading into this one.

This is also true of five of Chelsea’s last eight and two of their three Champions League away days to date.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune