Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips, Previews and Predictions
December 04, 2017
Stamford Bridge - Champions League
Chelsea host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, with the Blues already qualified for the knock-out rounds, but needing a win to ensure first place. Antonio Conte's men will have to be in top form to keep Antoine Griezmann and co. at bay.
Chelsea have faced Atletico Madrid a number of times in the Champions League, with honours relatively easily shared. A win and a draw for the Blues back in 2009 was avenged when Los Rojiblancos knocked Chelsea out of the competition in 2014, with a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
The last outing took place at the Wanda Metropolitano, and saw an Griezmann penalty cancelled out by Eden Hazard, before Michy Batshuayi won the game for Chelsea in the 93rd minute.
Antonio Conte will be relieved to have Victor Moses and Batshuayi back from injured, and both featured in the weekend win against Newcastle United. The coach left David Luiz out of his match-day squad on Saturday, citing fluid in the Brazilian's knees, irregardless of the centre-back's fitness, Andreas Christiansen is likely to start the game in the heart of the Chelsea defence.
Juanfran is the only man missing for Atletico, after sustaining a hamstring injury just before their last Champions League outing, against Roma. Although he is expected back within the next week, it is unlikely the Spanish right-back will make it further than the bench, with Ghanaian Thomas Partey the likely replacement.
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Preview and Predictions
Group C is highly contested with the final game approaching. Anything less than a win for Roma would see Chelsea finish top of the group regardless, and Atletico qualify with a win themselves. However, the Blues know that if Qarabag fail to stymy the Giallorossi, they will need three points on Tuesday to ensure top-spot. This should ensure a fascinating fixture at Stamford Bridge, as both teams will be playing for the win.
Chelsea's away win, back in September, should give confidence to Antonio Conte's men, who have been enjoying a recent switch to a 3-5-2 formation. The new set-up has given Eden Hazard more freedom, playing just off Alvaro Morata, whilst providing an extra body in midfield. The Blues have enjoyed an unbeaten November including a win over rivals Manchester United.
Not to be outdone, Atletico also have a long unbeaten run, not having lost a game since they played Chelsea over two months ago! A poor patch of form followed that game, in which Diego Simeone's men drew six out of seven matches, however, it seems that Atletico have recovered, and rediscovered their scoring touch.
Tuesday will be a face-off between two very evenly matches sides, in terms of quality and tactics. Both managers base their game plan on defensive stability and hard-work, providing a platform for individual talent to flourish. As is the case with matches such as these, it will likely be billed as Hazard vs Griezmann, and the Belgian and Frenchman will be fundamental to their teams' chances with the two 7/4 and 19/10 to score, respectively.
However, as the game at the Metropolitano shows, goals can come from unlikely sources and Willian (who will likely start on the bench) is 3/1 to score anytime!
Atletico Madrid to win at 13/5
Simeone's men have been Champions League finalists for two out of the last four years and will be desperate to qualify, given the teams' similar levels 13/5 odds is generous.
Chelsea to win 2-1 at 8/1
The game ended like this in the reverse fixture, and both teams will be looking to score.