Champions League Picks & Betting Tips for PSG vs. Chelsea

Steven Suarez

Monday, March 31, 2014 6:01 PM GMT

Only eight teams remain in the hunt for the Champions League trophy. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea will be visiting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG in the first leg of their quarter-final and we've got our soccer odds pick available for viewing.

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Odds Overview
The Parisians are clearly favored in the soccer betting odds at anywhere from +100 to +110, with Chelsea at approximately +300 and a draw quoted at roughly +250. It's rare to see the Blues as such big underdogs, but it's testament to just how strong this PSG side is, especially at home.

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Paris Saint-Germain
PSG has practically sealed up the Ligue 1 title at this point, having built up a gap of 13 points between them and second-place Monaco.

The Parisians have lost just one time in the league this season, piling up 23 wins, seven draws and one defeat to go with an exceptional goal differential of +53.

Heading into Wednesday's European spectacle, PSG has been on a fantastic roll, having outright won eight matches in a row across all competitions. They spanked Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 to get to to this quarter-final.

Over the weekend, the Parisians earned a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Nice, with the winners getting an own goal from Thimothee Kolodzieczak to make the ultimate difference. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company created a ton of chances but couldn't find their way through until that stroke of luck in the second half.

The level of competition obviously goes way up now for PSG, in spite of the fact they'll be at home. Parc Des Princes has been more than kind to the team, as they've gone undefeated (12 wins, three draws) in domestic play, while scoring 42 goals and allowing in only five. But what will Chelsea have to say about that/ 

Champions League Betting: PSG vs. Chelsea

Chelsea
Momentum was high for the Blues heading into Saturday's away encounter with Crystal Palace. They didn't show up, however.

In a rather gutless performance, Chelsea fell 1-0 to relegation-threatened Palace. Mourinho's men certainly didn't dominate the match either – it's not as if they were unlucky to lose after missing numerous chances. The Blues just couldn't match Palace's passion throughout.

It was a killer blow to Chelsea's Premier League title run, as they're now two points back of Liverpool for the top spot. That being said, the focus right now has to be on Europe, with this hugely anticipated clash with PSG coming up quick.

For Wednesday, there's no reason to expect any kind of change to the back four of John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, who have been exemplary this season.

However, the likes of Willian and Oscar are likely to re-join the starting XI after starting out on the bench this past weekend. David Luiz had to come off injured against Palace and his status for this Champions League battle remains up in the air. 

 

Champions League Pick
Zlatan is amazing and PSG has been on quite the winning streak, but Mourinho is known for his ability to grind out results and we think he'll do so again on Wednesday.

While the Blues were very disappointing in their recent loss to Palace, we believe they'll put forth a much more determined effort this time around. They know getting a reasonably good outcome here in the first leg could set them up to wrap the tie up back at Stamford Bridge.

PSG's attacking power is legitimate, but Chelsea's defense has looked very good all season long and that should serve them well here. In the end, we think the Blues earn a draw here and go back home with the advantage so take them for your soccer picks.

Soccer Pick: PSG 1 Chelsea 1