17th March 2021 – 21:00, Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will fight for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday evening. The home side wants to capitalize on the first-leg advantage while the visitors search for a turnaround.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview & Team News
After a poor period in December and a change on the bench, Chelsea improved its results significantly. Thomas Tuchel still hasn’t lost a match after taking over the Blues, and the hosts got back into the race for the Champion League spot next season. Chelsea sits in 3rd spot, being three points ahead of West Ham, but with an extra match played. However, the home side celebrated only twice in the previous five Premier League rounds. Mason Mount and the lads have been very disciplined lately, and Chelsea conceded just two goals on the last 12 occasions. On the other hand, they haven’t scored more than twice in a single match during that period. The Blues also improved their home displays and lost only twice at Stamford Bridge this season. The English side has a minimal 1:0 advantage in this tie, after Olivier Giroud’s stunning goal.
Atletico Madrid cannot be satisfied with its recent performances, as other title contenders got very close. Diego Simeone’s side missed the chance to win in derby Madrileno despite their 1:0 lead. Karim Benzema equalized late in the game and kept Real Madrid in the title race. Los Colchoneros are four points ahead of Barcelona and six of their local rivals. Joao Felix and the lads head to this game after a goalless draw at Getafe, while they also need to stabilize their form. The visitors are still the best defensive team in La Liga, with only 18 goals conceded, despite their recent instabilities in the backline. Atletico Madrid has been excellent on the road this season, losing only one game at the away grounds. They need another good display to neutralize their rival’s advantage and eventually win this tie.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
It is going to be a very tight clash that can easily go in either way. Atletico Madrid will try to proceed to the next round, but we think the hosts are more than capable of remaining undefeated. Therefore, we won’t be surprised if this clash ends in a draw.
Goals Market Prediction
Both sides are well-known for their disciplined style of play, with the primary focus on keeping their net intact. We don’t expect to see more than two goals in total in this match, so it should stay under a 2.5 margin.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
Draw @ 3.30
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.60
Correct score 1:1 @ 6.50