More goals, possession and passes, but will Chelsea overcome PSG in Champions League last 16?

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Following Monday's Champions League draw, we evaluate the stats behind Chelsea's upcoming encounter with Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea Vs PSGChelsea's reward for finishing as the leaders of Champions League Group G is a round-of-16 clash with French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

For the second season running the Blues have been drawn to play the first leg in Paris, sparking memories for the club's fans of a dramatic late victory in their 2013/14 contest.

Chelsea lost 3-1 in Paris in the first leg of the competition's quarter-final stage last term, before winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to progress thanks to the away goals ruling, courtesy of a Demba Ba goal three minutes from full-time.

Both sides approach the upcoming tie as genuine contenders for their respective domestic titles. Chelsea lead the Premier League, three points clear of their closest challenger, while the Parisians are just a single point behind early pace setters Marseille. 

The narrative proves remarkably similar in Europe. Here, Jose Mourinho's side finished as the winners of their group, ahead of Schalke, while PSG were forced to settle for second place, behind Spanish outfit Barcelona. 

The London club have scored almost twice as many goals as their February opposition throughout their opening six European fixtures, while they have conceded on just three occasions, compared to PSG's seven. 

This statistical advantage comes as little surprise considering Chelsea's chance creation rate this term. The Blues have managed 17 attempts per match, while PSG have recorded just below 13 shots on average.

The possession statistics are no different. Here the Blues emerge superior once again, while averaging just five passes more per appearance. Nevertheless, PSG boast the greatest overall completion rate - 88%, to Chelsea's 86%.

Based on the Opta stats, Chelsea emerge as the immediate favourites, but only by the most slender of margins. It'll be an extremely exciting occasion when the two sides meet.

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