Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC: Preview, News & Match Prediction
Prediction and Review of the UCL Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC. Starting lineups, team performance, game statistics, detailed analysis.
Atletico Madrid will host Chelsea FC from London in the UEFA Champions League last eight on 24 February, 1:30 IST.
The first leg of the encounter will take place in Bucharest at National Stadium, not Spain. This was made due to the “British strain”. Many countries including Spain have closed the connection with England and so the fixture was moved to Romania instead of Madrid.
Many teams used to be scared to play at Wanda Metropolitano, the Spanish team home ground, where Atletico were very strong, but now it is the same whether you play at home or away – there are no spectators anywhere.
Atletico Madrid & Current Form:
In the current Champions League campaign, the team finished second in the quartet, behind Bayern Munich. In their six group stage matches, Madrid have only two wins, three draws and one defeat. Diego Simeone’s side are competing in the Champions League for the 8th consecutive time, and they have reached the 1/8 finals 7 times. In the last campaign, Atletico reached the quarter-finals, where they lost 1-2 to Leipzig.
Madrid play even better in the Spanish league, leading by three points to Real Madrid after 23 meetings with a game in hand. In the last two meetings, however, the Spaniards have lost points after they drew 1-1 with Levante and then lost 0-2 to the Frogs at home.
Сhelsea FC News & Current Form:
Chelsea reached the 1/8 finals of the Champions League thanks to their victory in Group E. They beat Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes. At this stage of the tournament, the Londoners have won four meetings and have not lost a single game.
Only Sevilla and Krasnodar have stopped the Blues from gaining all the points (2 draws). In the English Premier League, Thomas Tuchel’s side are gradually regaining their best game. But last weekend, they lost points in an away game against Southampton (1-1), making it impossible for them to stay in the Champions League zone as for now.
Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC Head-To-Head Record:
Atletico Madrid won two out of six European fixtures played between the two teams. The previous meeting between the two sides took place in 2017 and ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams had their chances on the day and will need to be clinical on Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid last matches: L-D-W-D-W
Сhelsea FC last matches: D-W-W-W-W
Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC Predicted XI:
Atletico Madrid Predicted XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Stefan Savic, Felipe; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Saul Niguez, Angel Correa, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez
Chelsea Predicted XI (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi; Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham
Statistical preview of the match Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC:
- Chelsea have managed to score at least 1 goal in their last five games in the Champions League.
- Atletico have not scored more than 1 goal in regular time in 7 of their previous 9 games in the Champions League.
- Chelsea, on the other hand, have not conceded more than 1 goal in their last 6 games in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid vs Сhelsea FC Prediction:
A meeting on neutral ground is unlikely to be “fruitful”. Considering the specific defending style of Diego Simeone’s team, we won’t see many goalscoring chances. Chelsea are in the better shape coming into the tie, but Atletico are notoriously difficult to break down. Even in the absence of key defenders Jose Gimenez and Kieran Trippier, the home side should have enough to hold the Blues to a low scoring draw in Bucharest. The opponents have roughly equal chances of winning this contest.
ParimatchNews staff prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Сhelsea.