Chelsea vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: 18 April 2023, Tuesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
The defending champions of the European Champions League, Real Madrid, will try to extend their lead over Chelsea when they meet up in the second leg of their quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Spaniards secured a vital win in the first match at the Santiago Bernabéu, and they will be looking to make it three in a row when they visit the London club. The Blues, who won the title in 2020-21, have lost their last six matches.
The match will be held at Stamford Bridge and will be televised by Paramount+. According to the latest odds released by Caesars Sports, Real Madrid is the heavy favorite to win the match. On the other hand, the Blues are listed as the underdog at +185. A total of 2.5 goals is expected to be scored in this match.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Head to head :
- The win over the Blues gave Real Madrid a significant head-to-head advantage over their rivals.
- Since the start of the season, Los Blancos have won four out of five matches against the Blues. They have also lost three of the eight meetings between these two teams.
- In the last three meetings with the Blues, Real Madrid has scored at least two goals each time.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction :
The quality of the football played between these two teams has been evident in their previous match, which was held in Spain. There is nothing to suggest that this will be any different when these two face off in London. Chelsea have struggled at both ends of the pitch recently, and their attack has been in trouble.
On the other hand, Real Madrid is firing on all cylinders, and we think that they will be able to win the match. We recommend backing the home team at 2.55 while also backing Carlo Ancelotti’s men to score more goals at 2.37.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Team News :
The first half of the match ended with 10 men for Chelsea after Ben Chilwell was sent off for a late challenge on Rodrygo. He will serve his one-game ban on Tuesday, which means that Marc Cucurella could be recalled to the starting lineup at left-back.
Kalidou Koulibaly will be out for a couple of weeks due to his hamstring injury, joining Armando Broja on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kai Havertz, and Chukwuemeka are all expected to undergo fitness tests in the next couple of days.
N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva were not included in the squad for the match against Brighton as they are preparing for the second leg of their match. Also, Pierre-Emerick Aubamey, Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana are not eligible.
Carlo Ancelotti was without some of his key players for the weekend due to various bumps and bruises. Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior were both missing with muscular issues, while Ferland Mendy also had a calf problem.
Although Mendy will not be back this week, Kroos and Vinicius are expected to be available for selection after their respective injuries. Asensio’s recent goalscoring efforts might lead to a demotion to the bench.
Fernandez’s goal against the weekend might have given Carlo Ancelotti cause for concern, but the former’s replacement at left-back, Eduardo Camavinga, could keep his place in the starting lineup.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr