Chelsea vs Real Madrid predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the clubs meet for the second season in a row.
|Date||Wednesday 6th April 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg|
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Preview
Chelsea and Real Madrid face off in the Champions League for the second year in a row. The English side were dominant in last season’s Semi-Final between the clubs, winning 3-1 on aggregate, although in truth the margin of victory could have been even greater.
Los Blancos will be confident they can give a much better account of themselves here though. Last season’s game came while Madrid were struggling with fitness issues and trying to compete on two fronts as they pushed Atletico Madrid for the title in LaLiga whilst also chasing UCL glory.
They would fall just short on both fronts with many placing blame on Zinedine Zidane’s refusal to rotate earlier in the campaign. There is a slight sense of deja vu this term with Ancelotti’s team selections also very consistent, but the difference is that Real Madrid are 12 points clear at the top of LaLiga and should be able to count upon all their key players here before presumably resting some for the weekend league game.
It has been a bit of a mixed bag of performances of late from Los Blancos though which leaves you doubting just how this one may play out. They were largely second best for over three quarters of their last 16 tie against PSG before a dramatic turnaround as Karim Benzema’s 17 minute hat-trick turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 aggregate win. Since then Real Madrid have won 3-0 at Mallorca, been hammered 4-0 at home by Barcelona before they benefited from some questionable decisions in an important 2-1 win at Celta Vigo at the weekend.
Therefore you don’t exactly feel convinced by Real Madrid heading into this tie, but the same could be said of Chelsea. They were stunned 4-1 at home by West London rivals Brentford at the weekend in one of the biggest shocks of the Premier League season. That was their first league game since sealing a 4-1 aggregate victory over Lille in the last 16.
Chelsea are of course the defending champions in this competition but they are besieged by off-field issues right now following the sanctions against Roman Abramovich. They will have fans in attendance here, which was in doubt at one stage and will be a big boost to Thomas Tuchel’s side. He will be hoping the uncertainty off the pitch can have something of a galvanising effect on his team but there was little sign of it as Chelsea were blown away by lowly Brentford at the weekend.
Head to Head
- These sides met in the last four last season, with Chelsea winning 3-1 on aggregate.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their 5 meetings with Los Blancos overall.
- They won the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup between the sides after a replay.
- The Blues also won the 1998 Super Cup meeting 1-0.
Ben Chilwell is out for Chelsea but they have no other significant injury problems. Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been carrying knocks but are unlikely to start in any case.
Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic won’t feature for Real Madrid but were unlikely to anyway. Ferland Mendy and Casemiro are available following suspensions so Los Blancos should be able to field their best XI as Ancelotti sees it for this tie.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
After the humiliation in the Clasico, Carlo Ancelotti is very much likely to revert back to plan A here and we’re likely to see Real Madrid drop deep and try to play on the break with the pace of Vinicius. That didn’t massively go to plan either in the 1st Leg of the PSG tie but he could bolster his team’s chances by inserting a bit more energy into the team in the shape of Fede Valverde for example. Chelsea may just edge the 1st Leg but if it’s a one goal deficit, you certainly wouldn’t write Real Madrid off next week when the clubs clash again in the Spanish capital.
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