Chelsea vs Real Madrid. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more


Chelsea will host Real Madrid at the Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first leg. The match will take place on March 07, beginning at 00:30 IST. 

The Champions League is back! The first leg of the quarter-finals will be played this week. On Wednesday night, the main event of this stage tournament will grab the attention of the whole world, plans for the morning won’t matter as Chelsea and Real Madrid meet. Only one of these top clubs will advance, but will Chelsea be able to bounce back from their disappointing last week’s defeat? Is Real now strong enough to stop the trophy holders without their ‘orchestra conductor’? Did the recent El Clasico defeat undermine their confidence?

Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Chelsea  News & Current Form:

After a group stage where it was impossible not to finish in first or second place (as Malmo and Zenit simply couldn’t compete with giants like Chelsea and Juventus in the group), the Aristocrats overcame Lille in the 1/8th round of the Champions League to progress. As expected, both matches against the French were no more difficult than those in which the Blues face the mid-table or even the underdogs of the EPL.

Chelsea сomfortably beat Lille 2-0 at home and 2-1 away. Of course, in both cases, Thomas Tuchel’s team had complete control over the scenario.

However, the Blues are not in the best mood for the upcoming clash. Last Saturday, the London club suffered a shock defeat at home to Brentford (1-4). Without a doubt, it was Chelsea’s worst game of the season.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that it’s often difficult for top clubs to play their first matches after a break for national team games (for example, Arsenal was thrashed by Palace in this tour as well). It all adds up to a general news environment surrounding the sale of the club and its uncertain future, sanctions. But one thing is obvious, a Chelsea side like this definitely cannot cope with Real Madrid, who are on a rampant run.

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But it is also worth noting that Chelsea had a run of six wins in a row before the meeting with the Bees. And it was only the second defeat in regulation time this year. 

With 59 points, the Blues are in third place in the table – the race for the league title is long over, the only task now is to stay in the top four. The team’s third best attacking performance in the EPL, which has been marked 58 times, should not be overlooked.

Speaking about the other tournaments, Chelsea lost the English League Cup final to Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out. Also, the Aristocrats will face stalwart mid-table side Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals on 17 April.

Real Madrid News & Current Form:

For their first quarter-final match in London, Real Madrid are likely to travel without their head coach – Carlo Ancelotti has contracted the coronavirus and is doubtful to have time to recover before the game.

It is very difficult to predict how such a loss will affect the course of the match, especially as the previous match in London against Chelsea was lost by Real Madrid almost without a chance, back then Zidane was at the wheel.

Despite this, Real Madrid, although by a slight advantage, are still considered favourites to win this match. There’s good reason for that: Despite the recent 4-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona, Real Madrid’s front men Karim Benzema and Ferlan Mendy will be back on track for the game with Chelsea.

On top of that, Real Madrid have a comfortable lead in the Spanish league, where they have all but secured the title, and at this stage can focus on the UCL. The last leg in La Liga against Celta could be described as scandalous due to three penalties awarded to the visitors, but the scoreline and another three points cement Los Blancos’ leading position.

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The Madrid side made it through the Champions League group stage very confidently, finishing first in the quartet with Inter Milan, Sheriff Tiraspol and Shakhtar Donetsk. In six games, Carlo Ancelotti’s charges have won five games, only sensationally losing on home soil to feisty Sheriff 1-2.

In the 1/8 final, Real Madrid were initially scheduled to face the Portuguese side Benfica but, after a redraw, they were paired with the far more serious side – PSG.

The Madrid bosses were furious and demanded that the result of the re-try be annulled, leaving the first leg intact. But UEFA made no concessions and Real Madrid had to face the French club anyway.

After three of the four halves of the two-match confrontation, it seemed that Madrid’s fears were not in vain, the Parisians, thanks to two goals from Kylian Mbappe, felt comfortable and already saw themselves in the next round, but what happened next – in the fourth round – will go down in history…

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Chelsea vs Real Madrid Head-To-Head Record:

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The previous match between Chelsea and Real Madrid in the Champions League took place on 5 May 2021 and ended 2-0 in favour of Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid Predicted XI:

Chelsea Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz

Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior

Statistical preview of the match Chelsea vs Real Madrid:

  • Chelsea have won their last six home games in the Champions League.
  • Chelsea have not lost at home in 17 of their last 18 matches.
  • Chelsea have scored at home in 14 consecutive matches.
  • Chelsea have scored less than 2.5 goals at home in 9 of their last 10 games.
  • Real Madrid have scored less than 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches.

What has been said before the match:

Thibaut Courtois:

“Last year’s tie was different. It was in the semi-finals and there were no fans in the stands. This is a new season, it’s a different game and this is the first leg and not the return match. We’re in very good shape and are raring to get out there and play with the right intensity. We’ll be giving our all to win”.

“I’m producing some of the best form of my career. I hope to continue to help the team by making important saves. When you consider that we’ve got the return leg back at the Bernabéu, anything is possible and that’s why we’re hoping to pick up a good result here. We have full confidence in the team and hope to go out and show that”.

Thomas Tuchel:

‘It’s a big opponent in a big occasion. Normally we have these atmospheres in evening games and big matches throughout this season, our spectators have given us a huge push in terms of energy, and we need it. It’s crucial in these games. Everybody needs to be on top level, and we need to be the first one to set the spark.’

Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction:

There is no doubt that in London, we will see maximum caution from both sides. Real will be suitably attuned after the recent cold shower at the El Clasic. And Chelsea after the very unimpressive match against modest Brentford will be subconsciously afraid to play openly. 

Real will opt for the same plan as for the first match against Paris Saint-Germain – no risk. And Chelsea, for their part, have lost at Stamford Bridge only twice during the entire season in all competitions, last match seems to be a simple fluke and you should not think one of the Premier League’s best defences under the leadership of Thiago Silva can’t handle the pressure.

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Сhelsea not to lose and the match total less than 3.5 – Yes.