French champions Paris Saint-Germain are set to defend their home pitch when they host Chelsea at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Les Bleus are in firm control of the Ligue 1 title race and have looked dominant at times in this year's Champions League, but the team will face its biggest test yet in Chelsea, a club that has become a perennial powerhouse on the European stage.
Chelsea might be coming off a difficult Premier League loss to Crystal Palace, but with Jose Mourinho at the helm and a squad bursting with talent, the Blues should never be counted out.
Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 7.45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
TV Info and Live Stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app (subscription required).
The last (and only) time these two clubs met in international competition was during the 2004-05 Champions League, according to Footballzz.co.uk, with the Blues advancing to the next round thanks to a 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes. At Stamford Bridge, both clubs settled for a 0-0 draw.
Leading up to the first leg, both clubs' official Twitter accounts decided to have a little stat war, and we can only hope this kind of playful banter becomes a thing:
WhoScored.com also shared a nice statistical breakdown of the tie:
Perhaps the most vital statistics going into the first leg are each team's respective league tables.
While PSG are enjoying a comfortable season in the Ligue 1 and were able to rest most of their starters in Friday's 1-0 win over Nice, Chelsea are in the midst of a close title race and couldn't avoid an upset loss at the hands of Crystal Palace by the same score.
As reported by WhoScored.com, the hosts should be healthy, rested and without suspensions. Chelsea, on the other hand, will be without the injured Marco Van Ginkel, while Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are both cup-tied and therefore ineligible to play.
Kevin de Bruyne seems to believe in his former club's chances, according to Chelsea Transfer Gossip:
Goal.com's Robin Bairner disagrees:
PSG have looked absolutely dominant so far this season, but the club has hardly been tested on both the domestic and the international level. Les Bleus could be the third-best team left in the competition (behind Bayern Munich and Real Madrid) or they could simply be the product of an easy schedule.
The Blues have been here before, and while preparation for this match may not have been ideal, Mourinho is too good of a coach to let his team play well below its standards two games in a row.
We know how good Chelsea can be, and it would appear we will finally learn whether the hosts are for real.
Final prediction: PSG 2-1 Chelsea