Real Madrid vs Chelsea: prediction for the Champions League match
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 second game, Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick and took his team through to the last eight (3:1).
Last week, Real Madrid crushed the current trophy holders in London. Benzema scored another hat-trick and Carlo Ancelotti's side secured a comfortable 3:1 victory.
The Galacticoscurrently are top of the La Liga standings with 72 points from 31 games (22 victories and 6 draws). Real can boast the best offensive record in the league with 63 goals in the current season. In the last round of La Liga, today's hosts beat Getafe (2:0).
Ancelotti cannot call upon the serives of Hazard, Vallejo, Militao, Isco.
Chelsea finished second in Group H and confidently beat French champions LOSC Lille in the first playoffs round (4:1 on aggregate). Having lost the first leg of the quarterfinal match at Stamford Bridge, the reigning champions of Europe must overcome a two-goal deficit in the Spanish capital to remain in the race.
The Blues have done well in both domestic cups. They are the runner-ups of the 2021-2022 League Cup - in the final game, the Londoners lost to Liverpool on penalties. 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 62 points from 30 games (18 victories and 8 draws). The Blues are 11 points behind Liverpool. After a shocking home defeat at the hands of Brentford (1:4), Chelsea thrashed Southampton (6:0).
Chilwell, Lukaku, Barkley, Pulisic,and Hudson-Odoi will not be able to help their team in Spain.
Both teams scored in 4 of the last 5 head-to-head games.
In 3 of the last 4 games of the hosts, goals were scored in both halves.
This bet won in 3 of the last 5 games of the visitors.
No penalties were given in the last 3 head-to-head games.
Chelsea are coming into this game on the back of a 6:0 victory over Southampton, which boosted their confidence. Eager to defend their title, the Blues will go all out today, and it is unlikely that the hosts will keep a clean sheet. At the same time, Real's Karim Benzema has been unstoppable lof late, and we are sure he will not miss a chance to score more goals for Los Blancos.
Our prediction — both teams to score
A close game is on the cards. The hosts just need to defend their two-goal advantage and would be satisfied with a draw. Chelsea should put up a good effort, but it will be hard to win in Madrid.
Second bet — draw