Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Match Analysis and Prediction

Chelsea has a golden chance to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals this week when they welcome home La Liga title-chasing leaders Atletico Madrid. The match schedules for Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, with kickoff at 11 pm.

The Blues boast of a one-goal lead following a trademark Olivier Giroud bicycle kick. Also, Thomas Tuchel remains undefeated since taking his role at the helm of Stamford Bridge. Both sides head into the match after coming from goalless stalemates in their previous encounters.

Thomas Tuchel’s inaugural game in charge of Chelsea was made spectacular with a 68th-minute bicycle kick by Frenchman Oliver Giroud. The strike proved the difference for the game, giving Chelsea an important away goal.

Since their duel, Chelsea failed to follow through with their impressive duels against Meyerside rivals Everton and Liverpool. In addition, the side could only fetch a point in their clash with Leeds United. However, it marked the fifth clean sheet for the Blues on the bounce.

Atletico Madrid is currently a ploy of options, with both La Liga and Champions League tearing Diego Simone apart. Their title lead in La Liga shortened to only four points above Barcelona and six points above Real Madrid.

Two-time runners up in 2014 and  2016, Atletico failed to progress past the quarter-finals stage four seasons in a row after sending packing in their last eight by RB Leipzig.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head

Both sides have eight games against each other, with Chelsea taking home three wins while Atletico with two wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:

Home

Leeds United 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea 0-0 Man United

Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea

Away

Getafe 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid

Villarreal 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea Team News

The breakout star of the season Mason Mount and midfielder Jorginho picked up bookings in the first leg and will not be available for this showdown. It means Tuchel might opt for a Ng’olo Kante and Mateo Kovacic midfield partnership.

Atletico Madrid Team News

Simeone faces no injury concerns or suspensions heading into the clash. However, there remain concerns over Jan Oblak, who kept his 15th clean sheet of the season. Joao Felix is pushing for a call into the attack.

Prediction and Odds

Atletico has a reputation for their defensive prowess; thus, we expect a close-knit battle this Wednesday.

Draw

Both Teams to Score

Atletico First to Score

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