Olivier Giroud, Andres Iniesta Surprise Starters in Chelsea vs Barcelona

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Tonight’s blockbuster UEFA Champions League clash, with a quarterfinal berth on the line, between Chelsea and Barcelona, has a couple of surprising names in the first team sheets. Andres Iniesta was a doubt heading into this one, but he’ll be in the starting XI for the hosts this evening.

For the visitors, Olivier Giroud, who just moved over from arch-rival Arsenal in the January transfer window, gets the nod up front over Alvaro Morata or Pedro. He’ll be working alongside Willian, who was the man of the match when the two sides clashed at Stamford Bridge a month ago.

Odds: Chelsea 6/1, Draw 15/4, Barcelona 2/5

Prediction: Barcelona 2, Chelsea 1

Feel free to post your own best guess as to what the final score will be. You can look at the rest of the starting XI for both sides in the two tweets below:

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