Friday, July 30, 2021

Under 2.5 goals at Chelsea vs Real Madrid 2/3 for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final

Competition: Champions League

Market: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 2/3 @ 888sport

Holding a marginal advantage heading into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second-leg, Chelsea will welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Starting with the hosts, while Chelsea might have failed to hold onto the lead out in Spain last week, Christian Pulisic’s first-half goal has given them an early advantage. Creating a string of chances on foreign soil and feeling unlucky that they could not leave Madrid with more to show for the troubles, the mood in Thomas Tuchel’s camp should be at a continued high. Making a string of improvements since bringing in the former PSG boss back in January, the Premier League outfit were last seen over the weekend landing a routine 2-0 win against soon-to-be relegated Fulham on home soil. Picking up the perfect preparations on Saturday evening, fans around West London should be excited by their side’s extended performances at the back. Recording another clean sheet against The Cottagers, Chelsea have shipped just a single strike in any of their last five matchups across all formats.

As for the visitors, coming from behind to play out that 1-1 draw on home soil last week, Real Madrid certainly make the trip to Stamford Bridge with it all to play for in midweek. Much like Wednesday’s hosts, Los Blancos also picked up their own routine 2-0 victory against Osasuna over the weekend and they could be smelling an upset West London. Still sat two points adrift of La Liga leaders and bitter rivals Atletico, Zinedine Zidane’s side are enjoying a remarkable 19-match unbeaten run across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to the end of January. Mustering their own clean sheet on home soil last time out, it should also be noted that The Whites have gained their own plaudits for their success at the back. Picking the ball out of their own net just once in over 550 minutes of action, we’re backing another low-scoring encounter this week.

Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Chelsea vs Real Madrid 2/3 for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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