Chelsea v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Real must go for goals
Preview and odds for Champions League semi-final
Chelsea wasted the chance to claim a first-leg lead against Real Madrid and will hope they do not come to regret it in the return match at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues would undoubtedly have accepted a 1-1 draw before their trip to the Spanish capital and the away goal means they are 8/13 favourites to qualify for the final, with Real Madrid available at 6/5.
Christian Pulisic’s goal put Chelsea ahead in the first leg but Karim Benzema’s equaliser ensured the teams are all square.
Wednesday’s second leg kicks off at 8pm and is live on BT Sport.
Chelsea v Real Madrid Match Odds
Chelsea were the better team for much of the first leg and a more clinical performance would give them a great chance of coming out on top this time, with the Blues 5/4 to win the second leg.
Timo Werner missed two glorious opportunities to score in last week’s game and it was left to Pulisic to become the first man to beat former Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois in six hours and 44 minutes.
The Blues kept their 18th clean sheet under Thomas Tuchel in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Fulham and they are 8/5 to keep another on Wednesday, which would secure their place in the final.
Chelsea v Real Madrid Head-to-Head
Real Madrid may have the more impressive European pedigree but they have failed to beat Chelsea in four previous meetings.
Prior to last week’s first leg, the teams had not met since 1998 when the Blues won 1-0 in the European Super Cup.
This is their first visit to Stamford Bridge, with their other two meetings coming in the final of the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup which Chelsea eventually won after a replay.
Chelsea: Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Silva, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Mount, Werner.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Marcelo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has failed to overcome a hamstring problem in time to take on his old team but Toni Rudiger has been passed fit, with the Germany defender to wear a protective mask after a facial injury.
Captain Sergio Ramos is back in the Real squad after a month of calf trouble, while ex-Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has finally shaken off a frustrating sequence of injuries.
Chelsea know a clean sheet is all they need to go through but in Benzema they are up against one of the best finishes in world football, as he proved with his stunning finish in the first leg.
That shows the Blues cannot afford to switch off but the expected back three of Thiago Silva, Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have helped Chelsea’s defence look as strong as any since Tuchel came in.
Real Madrid struggled to cope with Chelsea’s energy in the first leg and N’Golo Kante produced another tireless performance in midfield, helping to nullify the threat of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Hazard came off the bench for Real and could be key to them producing more of an attacking threat on his return to west London while Mason Mount’s performances this season have suggested he can be the man to replace Hazard in the long term.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication