Paris St. Germain vs. Chelsea Soccer Pick: Champions League Odds & Betting Preview

Steven Suarez

Monday, February 16, 2015 5:51 PM GMT

The Blues continue their quest for a Champions League trophy with a showdown vs. PSG. How will Chelsea fare in the first leg away from home, & is there a weak spot in the soccer odds we can exploit?

Odds Overview
We should be in for a treat on Tuesday, and the Champion League soccer betting odds back that statement up. Looking over the lines, we see there's really nothing separating these teams, as they're both listed at right around +175 to get the win.

If you think a draw is the most likely outcome, you may want to consider a small wager in the +200 to +225 range. 

 

Paris St-Germain
The Parisians are in a great run of form at the moment, as they've managed to go unbeaten in nine straight matches across all competitions. It's not like they've been beating every team 3-0, but they've been finding a way to grind out results, and that's all that matters in the end. Seven of those nine matches have resulted in victories, so PSG should be nice and confident right now.

In terms of Ligue 1, though, the Parisians still have some work to do to make up some ground and get back to the top, where they've gotten used to being in recent seasons. Right now they're in third place in the standings, two points behind both Lyon and Marseille, so they've got their work cut out for them.

A good showing in Europe could be a major confidence booster, but PSG received one of the hardest draws out there in Chelsea. Getting the best of the Blues over two legs is going to be a tall task, especially since the Parisians are set to be without Lucas Moura, Yohan Cabaye, and Sergue Aurier. The good news? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is good to go, and he's going to be the focus of the Parisians' attack, and rightfully so. Zlatan has scored 11 league goals for PSG thus far.

 

Chelsea
While PSG is trying to move up the league standings, the Blues are comfortably positioned atop the Premier League. They're seven points clear of second-place Manchester City and thus are the heavy favorites to take home another league trophy. Something crazy would have to happen over the final months for Chelsea to cough up such a lead.

And while the Blues were shockingly eliminated from the F.A. Cup (by Bradford City no less), they're still in pole position in the Premier League and they're also alive in the Champions League and Capital One Cup. It's going to be a busy time coming up for Jose Mourinho's men.

What's more, Mourinho has close to a full-strength squad to choose from on Tuesday. Costa is back and available for selection, as is Cesc Fabregas, and those are two important pieces to Chelsea's attack. What kind of impact will that duo have against the Parisians?

 

Champions League Pick
If you're expecting fireworks and a lot of goals when these two European giants meet up in Paris, you may want to prepare for something different.

We often see conservative tactics in the first legs of important two-leg fixtures, and this showdown between PSG and Chelsea should be no different. Plus, we've seen what the Blues are capable of doing defensively, as they've got one of the best defensive midfielders in the world in Matic, a fantastic back four, led by captain John Terry, one of the top goalies out there in Courtois, and a mastermind of a manager who knows how to set his teams up to get a result.

Mourinho will know the importance of getting a positive result in the first leg and that's what we think we'll see here on Tuesday. The Blues are at full strength and should be able to escape a harsh atmosphere with a pivotal leg-up heading into the return encounter at Stamford Bridge. As for our soccer pick, we like Chelsea at a nice price over a shorthanded PSG outfit for this week's Champions League action.

Free Soccer Pick: PSG 0 Chelsea 1

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