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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Prediction & Match Preview



Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Prediction & Match Preview



17 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Puskás Aréna

A spot in the Champions League quarter-finals will be at stake when Chelsea and Atletico Madrid face each other at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. 

The Blues won the first leg thanks to Olivier Giroud’s amazing bicycle kick goal, and Thomas Tuchel’s troops are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. 

Since Chelsea have been impressive at the back of late, we are positive that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in the second leg.

Mason Mount is banned for the match, while Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are both sidelined with injuries. 

Kai Havertz is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, aim to overcome the deficit in London, but beating the Blues at Stamford Bridge is easier said than. 

Chelsea have been producing fine displays in all competitions ever since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins, and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. There should be no absentees in the away team.

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

Teams Chelsea Atletico Madrid played so far 8 matches.
Chelsea won 3 direct matches. Atletico Madrid won 2 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.88 goals per Match.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Prediction

Chelsea in actual season average scored 1.79 goals per match. In 16 (80.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (50.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Atletico Madrid average scored 1.73 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (77.78%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (38.89%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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The ever-improving Mason Mount and midfield lynchpin Jorginho both picked up bookings in the first leg and will not be available for this showdown , so the well-rested Mateo Kovacic is set to partner N'Golo Kante in the engine room.

Kovacic himself will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals - should Chelsea progress - if he is booked, but Tuchel has little alternative. Hakim Ziyech is also one yellow card away from a ban but could be considered for a start with Mount ruled out.

There are still concerns over the fitness of Tammy Abraham, who would struggle to earn a start up top anyway, and Thiago Silva, but Tuchel's three-man defence of Christensen, Rudiger and Azpilicueta should remain untouched.

Giroud will certainly hope to return to the fold as he aims to make lightning strike twice against Atletico, while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi are candidates to feature in the wing-back roles after starting in the first-leg victory.

As mentioned, Atletico have no players injured or suspended for this showdown, although there were some concerns over Chelsea-linked goalkeeper Jan Oblak before he started and kept his 15th clean sheet of the season at Getafe.

Trippier will make his return to the capital this week as he starts on the right-hand side of defence, and Simeone has elected to field a four-man rearguard in recent matches, so he may stick with that setup as Atletico seek at least one crucial away goal.

Saul Niguez was hauled off at half time against Getafe but is nailed on to start this game, while his replacement Joao Felix should also earn a recall to the first XI, potentially in place of Yannick Carrasco.

Renan Lodi and Mario Hermoso will battle it out for a spot on the left-hand side of Simeone's backline, but most of the XI who featured from the off against Getafe are set to reprise their roles this week.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Werner; Giroud

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Trippier, Gimenez, Savic, Lodi; Koke; Felix, Llorente, Saul, Correa; Suarez