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Chelsea V Barcelona. European Cup Semi Final Preview.

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Messi will make Terry blubber again.

Who gives Chelsea a prayer against the best side ever to play the game?

 Here is what the bookies think:

Skybet have Chelsea at 18/1 to win both the FA Cup and the Champions league.

Fantasy football?

A £5 stake will net you £95.

They also have Chelsea at 8/15 to win nothing.

A £5 stake nets you £7.67.

When I checked there were no odds for John Terry crying tears of woe on the pitch. Now that would be worth betting on.

After putting Spurs to the sword in their FA Cup semi-final Chelsea suddenly take on a very threatening presence and with Didier Drogba in this mood they have the firepower to destroy any team.

But to beat Barcelona with the handicap of having a day's less rest is going to be too much to ask.

It is indicative of the way that the game is beholden to TV rights that Chelsea should be playing on a Sunday evening before a Wednesday night game.

Maybe the FA were in a no win situation here. With Liverpool refusing to play on the Hillsborough anniversary Sunday was the only option available to them.

But it looks as though ITV got their wish for the game not to clash with the game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Whatever the rights or wrongs, Chelsea are going to be up against it. They have home advantage and what is sure to be a bear pit atmosphere for the Barcelona players.

But that's where the advantage ends.

The pitch at Stamford Bridge is four yards shorter and a yard narrower than the nou camp which will favour Barcelona.

The smaller the pitch the more ball control you need to stop the ball running out of play. Hoofing the ball up the pitch and continually giving the ball away is not an option against Barcelona because you will spend the whole game watching them pass the ball around.

Even if Chelsea manage to escape defeat or eke out an advantage from the first leg they will be mauled in the return leg at the Nou Camp.

And it's not just the fact that it is Chelsea. Any team is going to struggle against Barcelona when they have such wonderful players and hard work ethic.

It will be a fascinating game to watch on Wednesday but you just know Messi is going to be set free at least once in the game and leave John Terry grasping thin air.

18/1 for Chelsea to win both the FA Cup and Champions league is a good bet for dreamers and hardcore fans only.

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