Barcelona vs. Chelsea: 6 Bold Predictions for Champions League Semifinal 2nd Leg

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

Barcelona vs. Chelsea: 6 Bold Predictions for Champions League Semifinal 2nd Leg

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    Both Barcelona and Chelsea had different warm-up games to prepare for their important second leg encounter this Tuesday.

    Chelsea sent out a mostly second-string side to tussle with London rivals Arsenal and ended up with a 0-0 tie while Barcelona lost to Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

    With Chelsea holding the advantage going into Tuesday's game, things will be very interesting.

    Here are six bold predictions for the Champions League semifinal second leg between these two teams.

Barcelona Will Win by Five Goals

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    Why? Well, what are bold predictions for? After two straight losses, Barcelona will be looking to provide a masterclass against its next opponent and that team will be Chelsea.

    They will be at home in the Nou Camp and they have only lost one game there all season and that was this past Saturday against Real Madrid.

    The Catalan squad will still be highly confident of their ability to win at home.

Lionel Messi to Score a Hat Trick

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    Saying Lionel Messi will score a hat trick may not be too bold but this on here for good reason.

    He wasn't able to produces the goods in his last two games and that is not the norm at all. The Argentinean, just like his team, is poised to explode on any unsuspecting victim. Chelsea will be that victim.

Alexis Sanchez to Net the Winner

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    With all the focus on Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez will get his chances. He came off the bench against Real Madrid to bundle home an equalizer and definitely has the ability in front of goal.

    Sanchez currently has 14 goals in all competitions this season for Barcelona.

No Controversial Calls

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    As is sometimes the case with big games like this, referees can make decisions that are controversial and alter the game.

    This game will provide no such opportunity. It will be pretty straightforward for whoever is in charge and allow everyone to focus on the game itself.

    In the last matchup between these teams, Chelsea players, especially a certain Didier Drogba, were incensed that there were hardly any calls for their club during the two-legged tie.

A Chelsea Player Could Get a Red Card

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    If the game goes Barcelona's way as some spectators except, the Chelsea players may become frustrated and they may see the consequence of that.

    The referee may have a simple game to deal with and the red-card decision will be in that realm as well. Teams that come to the Nou Camp always have a hard time and sometimes tempers flare, especially in a match as big as this.

Chelsea to Score Two Goals

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    Chelsea could make the tie very tight, or put it away all together if they managed to score two goals against Barcelona. It is very much a possibility.

    Didier Drogba is sure to line up as the front man again and will be a major threat for the Catalan defense. He may not score both goals but his influence on the proceedings will be huge.

    While it is more likely that one goal will be the haul for the English side, they have the players to be able to score one more.