Real Madrid are on an 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions and have both the La Liga and Champions League trophies in sight. Los Blancos are second in La Liga and just two points off of first-place Atletico Madrid. On Wednesday night, Real Madrid turn their attention to Stamford Bridge needing a goal to overturn Chelsea’s away goal advantage.
The Blues claimed an early lead in Madrid thanks to a brilliant solo effort from Christian Pulisic. Karim Benzema struck back minutes later with a brilliant volley to put Real Madrid on terms. The game was a defensive struggle from there with neither side making the breakthrough. Much of the game was played in a downpour in the Spanish capital making it very difficult conditions to play in.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are on a five-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. The Blues won at the weekend against Fulham 2-0. They have lost just two games in 23 under Tuchel’s leadership. The German manager has turned Chelsea into a very difficult team to defeat.
A 1-1 draw would send the semifinal tie into extra-time and possibly penalties. That is the only socreline in which the teams would play extra-time on Wednesday night. According to bookies, Chelsea are at odds of 8/13 to qualify for the final while Real Madrid are at odds of 11/8 to qualify for the trophy match in Istanbul.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Betting Odds
Chelsea and Real Madrid have not met often in European competition. The tie between the teams in this season’s Champions League semifinal has given fans a new match-up to watch. The first leg was excellent for neutrals to watch. Chelsea’s defence were on top for much of the first leg holding Real Madrid to nine shots with just one on target. The Blues tallied 11 shots with five hitting the target. Los Blancos tallied 51% of possession.
Leading sportsbooks have Chelsea at odds of 5/4 to win at full-time against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are unbeaten in four of their five Champions League knockout stage matches. Their only blemish was a second leg loss to FC Porto. The match was played at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s team have already knockout Spanish opposition this season. They eliminated Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
Real Madrid go into the Champions League semifinal second leg at odds of 5/2 to win at full-time. Zinedine Zidane’s team are unbeaten in five Champions League knockout matches. Their last two games in the competition – both against English competition, Liverpool and Chelsea – ended in draws.
The clubs are at odds of 12/5 to finish in a draw on Wednesday night. Three of Real Madrid’s last six games in all competitions ended in draws. Two of Chelsea’s last five matches in all competitions finished in stalemates.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Team News
Tuchel is hopeful that centre-back Antonio Rudiger will be fit for the match on Wednesday night. The defender suffered an injury in the final minutes of the first leg in Madrid. Tuchel is hopeful that Rudiger will be fully fit – or fit enough – to play this week. Central midfielder Mateo Kovacic is currently ruled out with a thigh injury. He was expected to return to the team for the first leg but suffered a setback in recovery.
The manager has a big decision in attack. Pulisic deserves a spot in the Chelsea starting XI. Mason Mount and Timo Werner could partner Pulsic in the front three. Tuchel has played Hakim Ziyech at times over Pulisic. However, the American’s form makes him worth a place in the team.
Zidane rested the midfield duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos at the weekend. The duo sat out the entire 90-minute match against Osasuna as Los Blancos strolled to a 2-0 victory. Modric and Kroos will be fresh for the fixture.
Zidane will have captain Sergio Ramos available for the fixture at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish defender has been injured for much of the second half of the season. He missed 16 of the last 18 matches in La Liga due to injury and COVID-19. Defender Dani Carvajal, Federico Valverde, and Ferland Mendy are all three doubts to play.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Prediction
Both teams to score goals: YES @ 1/1 - BET NOW
The first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate as both sides scored. Neither team could take their chances as Real Madrid managed a mere one shot on target. Meanwhile, Chelsea put five shots on target with ex-goalie Thibaut Courtois making important saves. These teams have been excellent defensively. Just one of Real Madrid’s last six games finished with both teams scoring. That game was against Chelsea. The Blues saw both teams score just one in their last six games. That match came against Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 15/8 - BET NOW
Benzema is the man for the big stage. He popped up for the equaliser against Chelsea in the first leg and could be the player to settle things in the second. Benzema has 28 goals in 41 matches in all competitions this season. Six of those goals have come in nine Champions League matches.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 13/10 - BET NOW
Both Chelsea and Real Madrid have been brilliant defensively over the course of their last six games. Despite the strong defensive performances of both teams, the sides could score over 2.5 goals in the Champions League semifinal second leg. Real Madrid have to score at least one goal to overturn the tie. As it stands, they are going out of the competition if the game ends nil-nil.
If Real Madrid score, Chelsea have to score twice to win. A 1-1 scoreline finish sends the game into extra-time. There is a lot to do for both teams in the second leg. Real Madrid must score to overturn Chelsea’s away goal lead. Chelsea need to stay strong and prevent the all-time Champions League wins leader from getting on the scoresheet.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Tips
Here are our Chelsea vs Real Madrid tips for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final 2nd-leg at Stamford Bridge.
1. Both teams to score goals: YES @ 1/1
2. Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 15/8
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 13/10
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