Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Saitama Stadium 2002 when Barcelona and Chelsea face each other in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday morning. Barca big-money signing Antoine Griezmann is widely expected to make his debut against the Blues, but coach Ernesto Valverde is unlikely to field the best possible this time out. Leo Messi, who represented Argentina at the Copa America earlier this summer, is unlikely to be risked against Chelsea and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered.
Frank Lampard’s troops, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 4-0 win over St. Patrick’s, with France international Olivier Giroud scoring a brace. The Blues aim to prepare in the best way possible for the upcoming Premier League season and seeing that Barca will be without several first-team regulars in Tuesday’s friendly, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Frank Lampard’s men.
Highlighted Player (Jordi Alba):
Jordi Alba is yet another product of Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The pacey full back, though, started playing for Valencia at senior level and after making 74 league appearances for los Che he returned to Barcelona in 2012.
He signed a five-year deal with Barca on 28 June, 2012 and he made his debut for the Catalan giants on 19 August in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. Alba won his third La Liga title with Barca in 2016 and it has to be noted that he participated in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2014/2015 Champions League final. The left-footed defender made his Spain debut on 11 October, 2011 and one year later he won the European Championship trophy with la Furia Roja.
He scored in the final against Italy. Jordi Alba has four caps for Spain U21 team and he played for Catalonia as well. The left back was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on 21 March, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.