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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction & Match Preview


Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction & Match Preview

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
Europe – UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Arena Nationala (Bucharest).

All eyes will be on Arena Nationala in Bucharest when Atletico Madrid and Chelsea go head to head in the Champions League last 16, first leg. 

Los Rojiblancos head into the match following a shocking 2-0 loss to Levante where they missed a number of clear-cut chances to score. 

Atletico Madrid are eager to get back on course, but the game against the in-form Blues will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.

Kieran Trippier remains on the sidelines through suspension, while Jose Gimenez is out of contention with injury. Thomas Lemar should be recalled to the starting XI. 

Chelsea, on the other hand, have been producing fine displays under new boss Thomas Tuchel, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Thiago Silva should be the only absentee in the away team.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Atletico Madrid Chelsea played so far 7 matches.
Atletico Madrid won 2 direct matches. Chelsea won 2 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.14 goals per Match.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction

Atletico Madrid in actual season average scored 1.84 goals per match. In 12 (75.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (43.75%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Chelsea average scored 1.92 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (73.68%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (47.37%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Atletico will be without the services of key defender Jose Gimenez, who limped off the field against Levante in La Liga on Saturday having suffered a recurrence of a muscular problem.

Stefan Savic missed the league contest through suspension but should replace Gimenez in the starting XI for this game, joining Mario Hermoso and Felipe in a defensive position.

The La Liga outfit will also be without Yannick Carrasco, who has a muscular issue, while Sime Vrsaljko has lost his battle to prove his fitness, with neither player in the squad.

Hector Herrera is also unavailable following a recent positive coronavirus test, but Luis Suarez and Joao Felix are both available and should start in the final third of the field.

As for Chelsea, Thiago Silva again missed out against Southampton on Saturday due to a muscular problem, but the experienced defender is expected to return to the starting XI for this game.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are both doubts but could still travel, while Tammy Abraham is available, having overcome an ankle injury to lead the line against Southampton.

Tuchel is not expected to make many changes from the side that lined up at St Mary's, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount again likely to support Abraham through the middle.

N'Golo Kante could get the nod over Mateo Kovacic alongside Jorginho, while Marcos Alonso could again keep out Ben Chilwell, with the Spaniard working his way back into the side under Tuchel.

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Saul, Lodi; Felix, Suarez

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, T Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Abraham, Werner