Chelsea travel to Paris tonight as they look to navigate their way past the French champions in the Champions League. We take a look at five reasons how the Blues can knockout PSG.
Since Jose Mourinho left Chelsea, the Blues striker has regained some of the form he displayed during his time at Atletico Madrid and his first season at Stamford Bridge. Costa has hit four goals in his last five league appearances and could prove to be a nuisance for the Parisian defence. He’s 29/10 to score anytime.
Unbeaten since December 14th
Another improvement following Mourinho’s departure has been the team’s form. Chelsea’s last defeat in all competitions came against table-topping Leicester, The Special One’s last game in charge. The Blues have six wins and six draws since then and have looked overall more solid.
Serge Aurier Periscope potty-mouth
One potentially destabilising factor in PSG’s preparation ahead of their Champions League clash with Chelsea is Serge Aurier’s off-field behaviour. The right-back has been suspended by the French champions following a foul-mouthed Periscope Q&A, in which he made a few insulting comments about his team – particularly manager Laurent Blanc and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Robust Blues difficult to breakdown
Since his return to the club, Guus Hiddink has deployed John Obi Mikel in the heart of the Chelsea midfield alongside Nemanja Matic in big games. Although Hiddink sacrifices a more free-flowing style of football to accommodate Mikel, the Nigerian’s presence makes the Blues more solid throughout – making them at times frustrating to breakdown. Mikel may prove to be even more important in the first-leg, with Matic missing due to suspension. Under 1.5 goals is 113/50.
Champions League sole focus
Chelsea’s league campaign this season has been nothing short of disastrous but the Champions League could salvage a poor domestic performance. As well as the FA Cup, the Blues could secure European glory similar to their 2012 campaign. With John Terry leaving this season and with their league position locked-on for a mid-table finish, the Champions League might provide a fitting swansong for their talismanic captain. At 17/1 to win the competition, Chelsea might prove to be a decent outside bet.