Chelsea v Real Madrid Match Preview Tuesday 6.4.22 8:00PM
After Real Madrid's conquering of the Parisians in the last round, London is their next destination to take on the holders.
Chelsea is in the middle of an ugly public sale of the club with manager Thomas Tuchel almost having to take on a dual role of a diplomat and a football manager. Having to constantly try to answer questions about, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic and the sale of the football club, which is in large part down to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the fall out from that. This is hardly ideal for a man who is supposed to be focused on readying the football team to win games. A loss to Brentford at weekend is also less than ideal prep going into this game. However, Chelsea has won each of their last six Champions League matches at home which will give them some confidence. Ben Chilwell is Chelsea’s only major absentee with Callum Hudson-Odoi a doubt.
Madrid similarly to Chelsea has a fine recent domestic form that is blighted by a recent heavy home loss. In Madrid’s case, it was a comprehensive 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in their recent El Classico clash. Before that their last loss was in the first leg of their last round games vs PSG in which they lost 1-0 in Paris. They roared back in the home leg to dispatch the French side 3-2 on aggregate proving that a first-leg deficit isn’t unconquerable. A trip to London might be a different proposition however as Madrid have scored once in their last three visits to England losing two and drawing one game during that time. An interesting point to note is that in their match vs Celta Vigo at the weekend, Carlo Ancelotti was absent due to Covid and his son Davide deputised, however, due to a lack of coaching qualifications he was unable to officially pass on instructions.
Head-To-Head & Trends
Chelsea has won two of the five games between the sides, winning the first, 1-0 in 1998 in the Super Cup Final and winning the latest game between the sides last year in the Champions League Semi-Final 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. With the first leg of that tie ending 1-1 in Madrid. Real won the other two games between the sides in 2013 and 2016, however, they were both in friendly pre-season warm-up tournaments. Chelsea comes into this winning four of their last five, losing last time out to Brentford and Madrid comes into this winning of their last five meaning the form lines are perfectly balanced.
This is a game in which it’s perhaps easier to make a case against either team, more so than a case for either. Both have claims to win and strong cases as to why they wont and this makes it hard to want to take either in a bet. This, however, does make the price available on Both Teams to Score all that more appealing, it can be taken at even money with one firm but we think it’s a good way into this game at the prices.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – YES
Average Odds 1.95