While Chelsea’s clash with Barcelona may not have produced the glut of goals that last week’s Champions League last 16 matches did, it was a fascinating contest which is still finely poised going into the second leg.
Amid all the talk of Eden Hazard against Lionel Messi, it was Willian who stepped up for Chelsea and putting them ahead in the second half.
The Brazilian was an 11/1 (12.0) first goalscorer shot in-play – having already struck both posts – as the Premier League side more than held their own at Stamford Bridge.
Messi makes his mark
In fact, for all Barcelona’s possession, the Catalan giants failed to create many clear-cut opportunities with Messi often dropping deep to pick up the ball.
Chelsea backers at 5/2 (3.50) pre-match were sitting pretty until Andreas Christensen’s ill-judged pass across the edge of his own area allowed Andres Iniesta to tee up Barca’s star man to net the equaliser and give the visitors a vital away goal.
Messi had previously failed to score against the Blues in eight attempts but his late leveller undoubtedly gave the La Liga leaders the upper hand heading back to the Camp Nou, where they’ll be heavy favourites to complete the job on home soil in three weeks’ time.
The 1-1 correct score was a 5/1 (6.0) play before the action got underway.
Latest Champions League Winner odds
dabblebet now make Barcelona a 9/2 (5.50) shot to win the Champions League according to the latest odds making them clear second favourites behind Manchester City who lead the way at 3/1 (4.0).
Bayern Munich, who battered Besiktas 5-0 at the Allianz Arena are available at 5/1 (6.0) – just ahead of Real Madrid at 11/2 (6.50).
Paris-Saint Germain are available at 10/1 (11.0) for backers who believe that they can turnaround a 3-1 deficit at the Parc des Princes against the reigning champions.
Liverpool are also 10/1 (11.0) having all-but secured their place in the quarter finals while Tottenham can be backed at 14/1 (15.0) as they head to Wembley to face Juventus after leaving Turin with a 2-2 draw.