For the second leg of their Champions League semi-final battle, Chelsea will host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. For the fixture coming on Wednesday night, here are some Chelsea vs Real Madrid predictions.
The first leg was an enthralling and rain-soaked 1-1 draw at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid last week.
Karim Benzema equalized on Christian Pulisic’s opening goal and the match ended a 1-1 tie.
At the weekend, both European powerhouses won 2-0 in league play. Chelsea defeated Fulham in EPL and Los Blancos won a La Liga victory over Osasuna.
Thomas Tuchel could field the same lineup as in the first leg.
After missing the 2-0 victory over Fulham due to a knock, Antonio Rudiger may return against Real Madrid.
Mateo Kovacic, on the other hand, is ruled out for the hosts. Then, Timo Werner will play alongside Christian Pulisic on the offensive line.
Kai Havertz, who scored twice against the Cottagers, would also be pressing to lead the attack.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Silva, Rudiger, Christensen; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Eden Hazard had a poor performance against Osasuna on Saturday, and he may not appear against his former club.
As a result of the absences of Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola could start at right-back.
Or he could start as a wing-back if Zinedine Zidane opts for a three-man backline once more.
Sergio Ramos had intended to play against Osasuna but was not included in the squad at the weekend. He is also a doubtful presense for the visitors.
Marcelo was supposed to sit out the Chelsea game entirely. Instead, he will participate in the Madrid Assembly elections as a polling station volunteer.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Predictions
- Last week, Chelsea drew 1-1 in rain-soaked Madrid, and the away goal is an adavntage for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
- In Tuchel’s 11 games in London, the Blues have only conceded five goals. And all of them came in a 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in early April.
- Meanwhile, though Real Madrid are undefeated in their last nine games, they have only scored two goals in their last seven away matches.
Real cannot count on only their defense (tenacious, but weakened) to get them to the Champions League final. It’s vital they score goals at Stamford Bridge too, to qualify for the showpiece game.
But their attack has nothing on Chelsea’s pace on the offensive. The Blues are famous for their attack, not their defense.
So, we can expect a slim victory for Tuchel’s crop as they prepare to travel to Istanbul.