Apr 2, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Parc des Princes
PSGParis Saint-Germain
Lavezzi (4'), Luiz (61' og.), Pastore (90')
Alex (20'), Motta (81'), Cavani (86')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Hazard (27' pen.)
Ramires (13'), Willian (32'), Luiz (86')

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in Paris.

Paris Saint-Germain will hope to secure a first-leg advantage on Wednesday when the French champions welcome Chelsea to Paris in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The two sides have met just once before in a competitive clash, with Chelsea 3-0 winners in Paris during the group stages of the 2004-05 campaign in what was Jose Mourinho's first ever European game in charge of the Premier League outfit.

PSG's overall record against English opposition is disappointing with just one win from their seven matches, losing three times in the process. That said, Chelsea's success over PSG in 2004 has been their only triumph on French soil to date.

PSG, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Barcelona last season, overcame Bayer Leverkusen in the previous round to set up the clash with Chelsea. The French side are also unbeaten in their last 28 home matches in Europe and have won their last seven in Ligue 1, with that run of form leaving them 13 points clear at the top of their domestic table.

Chelsea, meanwhile, overcame Galatasaray 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round. The Blues have been in the semi-finals of the competition in seven of the last 11 seasons, but they enter the match off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Should Chelsea capture the Champions League this season, Mourinho would become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams.

The home side have no injury concerns from their 1-0 win over Nice at the weekend, while Laurent Blanc also has a clean list in terms of suspensions.

Yohan Cabaye could start in the middle of the midfield for the French side, while Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi are also expected to return to the XI after starting on the bench at the weekend.

Lucas Moura could be forced to sit out once more, however, with the French side starting with a front three of Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Chelsea, however, will be without the services of Samuel Eto'o, who remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Ashley Cole (knee) is also out, but Frank Lampard is expected to feature as Mourinho looks to his experienced players for the European clash in Paris.

January signing Nemanja Matic is ineligible after featuring for Benfica in Europe in the early stages of the season. As a result, John Obi Mikel could come into the centre of midfield, but Brazilian international Oscar is expected to start on the bench once more.

Recent form


Chelsea: WLWWL

Possible starting lineups

PSG: Sirigu; Jallet, Silva, Alex, Digne; Verratti, Matuidi, Cabaye; Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard, Mikel; Hazard, Torres, Schurrle

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nice (OGCN) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 28, 2014
Read Next:
Result: Own goal enough for PSG
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
La Liga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account