Thursday, July 25, 2024

Prediction: Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Verdict: Real Madrid draw no bet

Best Odds: 20/21

Bookmaker: Unibet

Knowing that they need a real Champions League miracle on Tuesday night, Chelsea will welcome Real Madrid for their second-leg showdown.

Chelsea

Starting with the hosts, suffering a major Premier League collapse at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, Chelsea find themselves in the midst of a public nightmare. Eventually slumping to a 2-1 loss at home against Brighton, a returning Frank Lampard knows that he faces a huge uphill struggle. Showing a string of rather glaring issues this season, the Blues are still battling it out in the bottom-half of the Premier League table. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny after really breaking the bank, the west London outfit have failed to win any of their last six straight appearances across all competitions. Likewise, suffering a 2-0 loss when they traveled out to Madrid for their first-leg meeting last week, Lampard’s downbeat squad are seeking a heavyweight Champions League upset here. With just a single strike to their name since returning from March’s international break, Chelsea should face another huge challenge on home soil.

Team News

Shown a straight red card in last week’s first-leg 2-0 loss in Madrid, England international Ben Chilwill will miss out due to suspension on Tuesday night. Ex-Brighton man Marc Cucurella should start at left-back.

Having to settle for a spot against Brighton over the weekend, January arrival Joao Felix will be handed a full recall at Stamford Bridge. However, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Benoit Badiashile will not feature in midweek after being left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad.

Real Madrid

As for the visitors, while Real Madrid might have already accepted that they have relinquished their La Liga crown this season, Los Blancos are planning on another Champions League romp in 2023. More than deserving of their 2-0 first-leg victory at the Bernabeu last week, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be smelling the chance to make a European statement here. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they claimed a 2-0 win away at Cadiz, the former AC Milan boss has seen his side win four of their last five appearances across all competitions. With all their eggs now firmly in the Champions League basket, Tuesday’s guests have also found a real clinical edge in the final third. Extending on their European adventure last month after breezing past Liverpool thanks to a 6-2 aggregate romp, Madrid will be looking to claim another heavyweight Premier League scalp at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

In what is a real boost for Los Blancos on Tuesday night, Ancelotti has confirmed that both Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos are fit to feature at Stamford Bridge. However, French international defender Ferland Mendy still remains sidelined with a long-term calf injury.

Only continuing on another European romp this season and notching 20 strikes since returning from the World Cup’s winter break, reigning Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will spearhead Real Madrid’s charge in west London. Bagging back-to-back strikes, 27-year-old Marco Asensio will be hoping to keep his spot in attack.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides met at the Bernabeu for their first-leg meeting last week, Real Madrid picked up a 2-0 victory on home soil.
    • Chelsea have failed to win any of their last six straight appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, the Blues have also recorded just a single strike since returning from March’s international break.
    • Real Madrid have won four of their previous five appearances across all formats – a run that has seen them score 16 goals.
    • Attacking talisman Karim Benzema has scored 20 goals since returning from the World Cup’s winter break.

    Conclusion

    Picking up what was a deserved 2-0 victory on home soil last week, Real Madrid will simply be calling on a repeat display here. Now winning four of their last five appearances across all competitions, Tuesday’s guests should be relishing a trip to Stamford Bride here. Watching Chelsea slump to a 2-1 loss at home against Brighton over the weekend, it is no secret that Lampard’s new squad are enduring an extended nightmare. Without a win from their last six straight outings, the Blues have also notched just a single strike since returning from March’s international break. With Los Blancos sat in pole position to extend on their Champions League adventure here, an away draw no bet can be found at appealing odds here.

    Verdict: Real Madrid draw no bet

    Best Odds: 20/21

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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