Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Prediction: Champions League Match on 17.03.2021
The Champions League actions continues onto Wednesday with two games scheduled to be shown live on television. In this article, we focus on the Round of 16 match in London where Premier League side Chelsea host La Liga contenders Atletico Madrid from 20:00 GMT. Stamford Bridge may be without supporters, but all eyes will be on the outcome of this game.
This will be the ninth time these teams have met in competitive action and there’s little between the two in the head-to-head stats. Chelsea sit on three wins against the two of Atletico and three games ending in a draw. The first leg produced a narrow 1-0 win for the Blues, but nothing has been decided yet in terms of which team goes through.
Chelsea enjoy an unbe`aten run
Chelsea put themselves in the driving seat with an impressive 1-0 win in Spain late last month. The winning goal that day was scored by Premier League veteran Olivier Giroud who has proven to be a fantastic accusation for the London club. Chelsea have spent big money on attackers over the years, but the Frenchman has proven he’s as reliable as any of them when it comes to getting goals in big games. The blues must now protect their lead.
The home team are sitting pretty in this tie and are also improving fast domestically. They were held to a draw at the weekend by Leeds United, a team they really should be beating, but that point helped continue their unbeaten run. Chelsea have won two and drawn three of their last five league starts, lifting them to fourth in the table ahead of West Ham who have lost two of their last three. There’s a real feel-good factor in the home dressing room.
Madrid may have to prioritise
Atletico Madrid shot themselves in the foot in this tie by failing to make home advantage count during the first leg. They had planned to take an aggregate lead to London where the focus would be on seeing out the tie, but those plans turned to dust when Giroud scored. They must now go to London and win by two goals or more to progress in 90 minutes.
Atletico are top of La Liga and have a six-point advantage over Real Madrid in second with Barcelona another point away in third. They are in a great position and may feel their attempts to win the league outrank the desire to try and win the Champions League. The visitors could be faced with a dilemma where they are forced to prioritise what’s left of the season.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid prediction
Chelsea have an aggregate lead and the home advantage but if they lose the first goal in this game the tie will be open again. The blues must defend as well as they did in Madrid and hope to catch their opponents on the counter.
Champions League odds
Chelsea are 2.225 to win with Atletico Madrid 3.4 and the draw 3.22.
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