CHELSEA have revenge on their mind when Barcelona visit the Bridge tonight – but may have to wait a while to get even.
Last time the Spaniards faced the Blues they reached the 2009 final thanks to a late Andres Iniesta strike.
Chelsea were raging at the refusal of two penalties but this time it's not the ref they should worry about – it's Lionel Messi.
The Argentine ace was a great player then – now he's the best on the planet with an incredible 60 goals to his name this season.
They say football is a team game but Messi can win matches on his own and if he's in the mood it's difficult not to see a Barca win at 8-11 with the likes of William Hill and Paddy Power. To qualify the holders are no bigger than 2-11 at Betfred.
Chelsea will be boosted by the weekend 5-1 defeat of Spurs in the FA Cup Final while Barca may have an eye on Saturday's El Clasico but I'm sticking with the away. The Blues are 5-1 at unibet and bet365 to qualify and 4-1 with William Hill and others to notch a home victory.
One issue that looks cut and dried is that of first scorer. It has to be Messi who is a biggest 3-1 with Stan James and just 5-6 at Coral to score at any time.
He has netted 14 times in this season’s Champions League and needs one more to break the records.
Only two of the last 14 Champions League semi-final first legs (before last night) have gone over two goals but this one could buck the trend.
Over 2.5 goals pays 17-20 at Ladbrokes and I can see both teams scoring at 4-5 (Skybet).
Messi to score
Chelsea 1, Barcelona 3