Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction: Champions League Match on 05.05.2021
Football fans have an exciting weekend of action ahead, with the semi-finals of the Champions League played on Tuesday and Wednesday evening before the Europa League takes over. There’s plenty for lovers of English football to keep tabs on with Manchester City and Chelsea fighting in the last four of UEFA’s premier competition. Will the Premier League have a representative in this season’s final for the first time since Liverpool beat Tottenham?
London club Chelsea welcome La Liga champions Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and you can follow the action live on TV from 20:00 GMT. Armchair fans are guaranteed a gripping 90 minutes with extra time and penalties available if needed. With the game involving two previous winners of the trophy, we could see this one go right down to the wire. Neutrals certainly hope so.
Those trying to predict how this game might go may want to take their clues from the stats. Fans of the Blues will take heart from the trends as not only do their club boast the home advantage for this game, Chelsea is also unbeaten against Madrid in four previous meetings. The head-to-head scores read two wins for Chelsea and two draws. The tie hangs in the balance following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Madrid. Which team will keep their cool and claim a place in this month’s final? The 22bet football team offer their thoughts.
Blues battle through the first leg
Chelsea went to Madrid last week knowing the size of the task at hand. Not only had the London club over-achieved in this competition, according to many fans and pundits, but they were also now in the last four and off to the home of the mighty Real Madrid. However, this did not faze the blues, and they stood to fight against a strong opponent who is usually unbeatable on their patch in most competitions.
Against all the odds, Chelsea took the lead in that first leg with the opening goal scored by Pulisic inside the first 14 minutes of the match. That rocked the Spaniards and gave the English club confidence. Having scored an away goal, the emphasis was on defending their lead and taking a victory back to Stamford Bridge. They were unable to do this, Blancos hitting back to level on 29 minutes through Benzema.
The game finished 1-1 despite chances for both teams in the closing stages of the game. The draw and away goal would have suited Chelsea much more than Real Madrid. The home team now know a goalless draw would send them through. But no one in the home dressing room will be under any illusions that the job is done. Chelsea is in a strong position, but it remains fragile.
Blancos must score
Real Madrid fans know their team missed a glorious opportunity to win at home and take the lead to Chelsea, where they’d be favourites to progress to the final. As it stands, Chelsea is now in a stronger position. That’s far from ideal for the visitors, but it’s excellent news for armchair fans and neutrals as it means Blancos must come to London and score at least once. A 1-1 draw moves the game into extra time while a 2-2 draw or above puts Madrid through, as does any kind of win for the Spaniards.
Madrid knows precisely where they stand, and after dusting themselves down after last week’s disappointment, they will take heart from the fact this game remains in their hands. Beat Chelsea in London and Real Madrid will be in the final. To those inside the away dressing room before kick-off, not much else matters. Madrid conceded early in the first leg, but they know they can’t afford to do that again here. They must find the net at least once, but they must keep it tight in defence and protect themselves from a Chelsea attack who will be out to score themselves.
There is an embarrassment of riches in the away dressing room when it comes to attacking players. The visitors will arrive confident they are good enough to score and know they have come through similar situations in this competition many times before. Nothing will shock the Spaniards, so we can expect them to get down to business from the first whistle.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid prediction
This one is finely poised, and there’s still plenty of life left in the tie. It would come as no shock to see the game head into extra time or even to penalties. The clubs are so evenly matched they could spend the evening cancelling each other out, just as they did in the first leg a week ago. The team that progresses will be the one that defends better.
Chelsea will realise they are in the driving seat and set up to defend, keeping it tidy at the back. They will try to hit their opponents on the counter-attack, and the forwards must take any chances that come their way. Real Madrid must go forward, but they have to sensibly pick the right passes and keep their shape when out of possession. Score the first goal of the game, and the tie takes on a whole new feel.
Picking through the stats, we think it’s worth mentioning that both teams have scored at least once in three of the previous four games involving Chelsea and Real Madrid. We have seen two 1-1 draws of those four, a 2-1 win for Chelsea and 1-0 in the European Super Cup back in 1998.
Champions League odds
The pre-match betting for this second leg has Chelsea priced at 2.184 with 22bet while Real Madrid backers can support their team at odds of 3.4. Expect another draw? The level finish is yours at a price of 3.32.
As well as the match-winner betting, there’s also the to qualify market, both teams to score, first goalscorer, handicap and more. Most pre-match markets remain live in-play.
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