UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Match Preview
Chelsea are on the verge of sealing the top spot in a very tough Champions League group, something which will give them great confidence going forward into the knockout stages next year. They come into the final game two points clear of Roma in 2nd, and have an unbridgeable four point lead over their struggling opponents. However, with Roma holding a better head to head record over Chelsea, the hosts know that a failure to win would leave them wide open to drop down into 2nd.
Atletico Madrid were largely considered as the favourites for this group given their dominance of the Champions League over the past few years, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. They are now relying on Roma slipping up against Qarabag to stand any chance of qualification from this group, but they still need a win at Stamford Bridge.
The weekend saw Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-1 despite falling behind early on, and once again it was Eden Hazard who led the team to victory with a well deserved brace. The Belgian winger now has eight goals in all competitions after a slow start to the campaign, and he has netted five in Chelsea’s last five. Backing him to find the net on Tuesday looks a great choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Chelsea can look back on their 2-1 win in Madrid earlier this season and take a lot of confidence from it, but more recently they have slipped up. They were well beaten in Italy against Roma, and that came after they failed to beat the 2nd placed side at Stamford Bridge.
Atletico Madrid finally seem to be hitting their stride too. They also came from behind at the weekend with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, and have won five of their last six in all competitions. This includes their 2-0 win over Roma that kept them in the running for qualification from this group, and the fact they have not been beaten since their loss to Chelsea illustrates their improvement.
Match Details :
Date : Tuesday, December 5.
Time : 7.45pm BST / 01:15 IST
Venue : Stamford Bridge.
TV Broadcast : BT Sports 3 (UK)/ Sony Ten Network (India).
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Chelsea remain without David Luiz, Charly Musonda, and Kenedy for this match.
Antonio Conte is expected to name an unchanged side following an impressive performance in the Premier League on Saturday.
Eden Hazard was classed as “unplayable” by many after scoring twice in the 3-1 win over Newcastle and the Blues boss will be looking to him to excel.
Kenedy is still suffering from a knee injury and it is thought that Tuesday’s game will come to early for him to feature.
David Luiz and Charly Musonda both remain sidelined with knee injuries.
Atletico Madrid :
Atletico Madrid are likely to be without full back Juanfran on Tuesday. Atletico Madrid have to win in order to progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
The side currently sit third in Group C having only won one of their five previous matches.
Diego Simeone’s men are on an unbeaten run in La Liga just six points behind leaders Barcelona and they will be looking to Antonie Griezmann to provide the goals.
The 26-year-old forward, who has been linked with Manchester United, scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.
Predicted line-ups :
Chelsea : Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard.
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) December 4, 2017
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Godin, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Niguez, Carrasco; Correa, Griezmann.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 4, 2017
HEAD TO HEAD :
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have each won two, drawn two, and lost two of their six previous encounters.
CHELSEA VS ATLETICO MADRID STATS :
Chelsea have scored in 83% of their home games this season but only kept a clean sheet in 41% of them. Atletico Madrid have scored in 90% of their last ten competitive games.