After an unexpected display last time out at the Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea welcome home Real Madrid for the second leg of the Champions League. The match schedules for Wednesday at Stamford Bridge with kickoff at 10 pm.
It was a thrilling and high intense clash between the two giants that ended with a 1-1 draw. However, Thomas Tuchel would be proud of getting a crucial away goal that could come in handy in their bid for the finals.
Both teams head into the clash on the back of successive wins in the domestic front, with Chelsea overcoming Fulham 2-0, whereas Real Madrid is dumping Osasuna by the same scoreline.
Few expected Chelsea to turn up against Chelsea in the fashion they did. The first half could have sealed their place in the finals if Timo Werner managed to score two clear-cut chances. However, there is nothing to moan about, given they got an important away goal.
Moreover, Chelsea has fate in their own hands when it comes to the domestic front with only four games left to play. However, a third-place finish is not far away from their realm of possibility, and so is a spot in the finals.
On the other hand, Zinedine Zidane will have to rethink his formation after a back three defense backfired last time out. Nevertheless, there is much going about the Frenchman’s future at the helm of the Los Blancos.
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid Head to Head
Both sides have two games against each other, with Real Madrid taking one win while Chelsea contends with one draw. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Chelsea vs. Fulham
- Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
- West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
- Chelsea 0-0 Brighton
- Chelsea 1-0 Man City
- Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna
- Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
- Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid
- Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid
- Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid
Chelsea Team News
Thomas Tuchel revealed that Rudiger is available for selection despite picking a head injury and will start with headgear. Unfortunately, Mateo Kovacic remains unavailable for feature against his former club after sustaining a back issue. Fortunately, Mason Mount is available for selection.
Real Madrid Team News
Raphael Varane remains unavailable for this clash after picking an abductor issue during their last encounter. In addition, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez remain unavailable, thus giving way for Alvara Ordiozola. Zidane remains hopeful that Benjamin Mendy shakes off a calf problem.
Prediction and Odds
Real cannot rely on their defense resilience given the injuries, thus giving Chelsea an edge to finish the job.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 2.5