Chelsea vs Read Madrid: prediction for the Champions League fixture
Chelsea are the current trophy holders. In the current edition of the Champons League, the Londoners finished second in Group H and confidently beat LOSC Lille in the first playoffs round (4:1 on aggregate).
The Blues came close to winning the first trophy of the season in February - in the final of the League Cup, they lost to Liverpool. It took 22 penalties to decide the winner of the tournament. The team has also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup, where they are set to play Crystal Palace.
In the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel's men are currently in 3rd place with 59 points to their name and 58 goals from 29 games. After a series of victories, Chelsea suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Brentford last weekend (1:4).
Chilwell has been ruled out of this game due to injury. Pulisic, Chalobah, and Hudson-Odoi are all doubts.
Real put up a great performance in the Champions League group stage this season and secured a top position, five points clear of Inter Milan in second place. In the first leg of their round-of-16 tie, Los Blancoslost to PSG in Paris (0:1), but in the secon game, Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick and took his team through to the last eight.
In January, Carlo Ancelotti's men won the Spanish Super Cup. In the final, they beat Athletic Bilbao. The Galacticos are currently at the top of the La Liga standings with 69 points from 30 games. The can boast the best offensive record in the league with 61 goals in the current season. After a defeat to Barcelona (1:4), Real prevailed over Celta (2:1).
The visitors will be without Hazard, and there are doubts over the availability of Isco and Jovic.
In 3 of the last 4 head-to-head games, both teams scored goals.
In 3 of the last 4 games of the hosts, goals were scored in both halves.
This bet won in 4 of the last 6 games of the visitors.
No penalties were given in the last 3 head-to-head games.
Chelsea and Real Madrid met in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2021. It was the Blues who won last year, and they are the favourites in the game tomorrow as well. However, the visitors are in good form, and we expect a very close and intense confrontation. A single mistake can decide the result of the game.
Our prediction - total under 2.5 goals
Real Madrid haven't been very consistent this season, and Chelsea are licking their wounds after a crushing defeat to Brentford. We think that both sides will have extra caution today and suggest playing a draw.
Second bet - draw