Chelsea kickstarts their first leg of their last 16 Champions League campaign on Tuesday night as they welcome home Chelsea. The match schedules for Romania due to coronavirus restrictions over travel with kickoff at 11 pm.
The match remains technically Atletico’s home leg despite its not taking place in Spain. The reverse fixtures are scheduled to take place in London in the middle of March.
Atletico remains in charge of the La Liga title race despite dropping points last weekend, thus reducing their lead to three points. However, Diego Simone’s men head into the match on the back of a shocking 2-0 defeat to Levante. The side has only one win in their last four La Liga matches.
The Madrid giants did not put up a spectacular display in the Champions League group stages, winning two of their six Group A fixtures. However, a tally of nine points was enough to see them advance to the next stage.
Atletico overcame Liverpool at this stage in their previous campaign but surprisingly lost 2-1 to RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals. The Reds and Whites reached the last eight in five of their recent seven Champions League campaign.
Chelsea dropped points for the second time under Thomas Tuchel’s reign as the side was held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton. However, Blues have four victories against the Spanish sides in this stage.
Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have seven games against each other, with both sides taking two wins and three draws against each other. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Atletico Madrid 0-2 Levante
Levante 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Granada 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo
Cadiz 2-4 Atletico Madrid
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Barnsley 0-1 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea
Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
Atletico Madrid Team News
Diego Simone remains without defender Gimenez’s services, who limped off the field in their last outing with a muscular problem. Stefan Savic missed the league contest through suspension and will replace Gimenez. Yannick Carasco remains out with a muscular issue.
Chelsea Team News
After missing out against Southampton, Thiago Silva is back in contention for a start against their opponents this Tuesday. Tammy Abraham is available after an ankle injury while Giroud starts on the bench.
Prediction and Odds
It sure has all the makings for a tight game with Atletico will all the haste to make a win in their first leg.
Atletico Madrid Win
Goals Under 2.5
Most Goals: 2H