Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea: Preview, Odds, Where to Watch the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Tie

David Luiz, left, and Willian of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March 2015.
David Luiz of PSG, left, and Willian of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, March 11, 2015. The teams meet again at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Paul Gilham/Getty Images

An enigmatic matchup, this one. In 2015, when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea met at the same stage of the competition, the London club was strolling towards the English Premier League title.

Then PSG gave evidence of its growing power on the European stage, eliminating Chelsea over two legs with an extra-time Thiago Silva goal at Stamford Bridge.

Twelve months on, it should be PSG strolling through to the quarter-finals. The club does lead Ligue 1 by 24 points; it could stop playing now and probably be assured of the domestic title.

Chelsea, meanwhile, is loitering in mid-table in the Premier League in what is probably the worst English title defense since Blackburn Rovers two decades ago. Eden Hazard, its star player, is out of form and making doe eyes at PSG, which is hardly ideal, and in December 2015 it lost a manager in Jose Mourinho who was expert at negotiating these big European nights.

And yet, there have been signs that Chelsea, under interim manager Guus Hiddink, is coming back into form. It was mightily impressive in swatting Newcastle United 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And it hasn't lost in the league under the Dutchman.

PSG may have had it a little too easy in Ligue 1. Will it come into the game undercooked, suffering from a lack of real competition? Of course, this is a multi-edged sword. PSG could be fresh as the proverbial daisy, while Chelsea's legs may be lagging from midwinter Premier League mud and grit. But it's a millefeuille of a contest, an intricate proposition.

Location: Parc des Princes, 16th arrondissement, Paris.

Kick-Off: 7.45 p.m. GMT.

Odds: PSG is the clear favorite, with most outlets pricing it at 7/10 to win the first leg. Chelsea is as far out as 49/10 with some bookmakers.

Where to Watch: BT Sport Europe is the only place you can watch the game live in the U.K., and the broadcaster will be hoping for a pick-up in ratings after recent reports of poor viewing figures. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. GMT. Live streaming for subscribers, on desktop, smartphone or tablet, is also offered by B.T. BBC Radio 5 live has commentary from the Parc des Princes from 7.45 p.m. G.M.T. Before that, Mark Chapman hosts the build-up from 6.30 p.m. on the same station. BeIN Sports is the only channel to screen the game live in France. BeIN used to be Al Jazeera Sport; it's based in Doha, Qatar, and its chairman and chief executive is Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman who is also chairman and CEO of Qatar Sports Investments, the sole owner of Paris Saint-Germain.

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