Whether it’s group play or elimination season, Champions League matchups are the most exciting of the year. That goes double when its Athletico Madrid, second place in La Liga and Chelsea, third place in The Premier League.
Athletico Madrid – (6/5)
Chelsea – (14/5)
Draw – (23/10)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (27/20)
Under – (4/7)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (1/1)
No – (3/4)
So immediately you notice Athletico is favored to win by a decent margin, but if it were us setting the lines it would tilt more in Chelsea’s favor. Statistically very little separates these two clubs other than Chelsea having one loss at 4-1-1, where Madrid has a record of 4-2-0. But whats important to remember is their loss came Round 1 against Burnley where they took on two red cards and were without Belgian superstar Eden Hazard.
Speaking of Eden Hazard, he hasn’t produced like he usually does, as he’s still being worked into the starting eleven after breaking his ankle in the summer. All signs point to him starting this match though, which bodes well for Chelsea. He’ll be suiting up alongside Alvaro Morata who has 6 goals in 6 games. This is The Blues biggest advantage over the Spanish club, and Morata is the image of a consistent attack for Chelsea.
Athletico Madrid, on the other hand, has put up 3 of their 4 wins against teams in the bottom 10 positions of the Liga table. In those 4 wins, their 12 goals have almost evenly been spread out over 6 different players, with nobody leaping out as the star of the offense.
Both clubs have done well enough to keep teams out of the back of the net with Athletico Madrid letting in one fewer score, but goals should be flowing with the talent on display in this fixture.
Athletico Madrid 2 – 3 Chelsea
This should be a wildly exciting match to take in. Even though both clubs are extremely well off and deserving of their table positions, Chelsea’s wins against higher caliber clubs like Tottenham and Everton, as well as the full return of Eden Hazard, really sets them apart from their counterparts in Madrid.
Chelsea (14/5), Over 2.5 (27/20), and both squads scoring (1/1) are the odds we are taking for this one.
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