Real Madrid host Chelsea at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night, in the first leg of this Champions League semi-final. It’s a huge game, but comes on the back of these two clubs’ involvement in the breakaway European Super League.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 27 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Chelsea: BT Sport
Last time: Despite their lofty opinions of themselves, these clubs have only ever met once before in a competitive fixture. Even that was in the UEFA Super Cup all the way back in 1998, when Cup Winners’ Cup holders Chelsea beat Champions League winners Madrid 1-0 through a late Gus Poyet goal in Monaco.
Real Madrid v Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Whether you view this as a somewhat empty occasion between a ringleader and hanger-on to the European Super League’s ‘Dirty Dozen’, or an almighty Champions League semi-final packed with prestige, there’s still a game of football to be played on Tuesday.
As well as a place in next month’s final in Istanbul, there’s also money to be made in these Real Madrid v Chelsea predictions. The home team are the club with the vast majority of the European pedigree and history, but the newer pretenders of Chelsea have lifted this famous old trophy before and have put in some excellent performances of late.
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge back in January sparked a real upturn in form. Chelsea have shown huge improvements defensively, although as they displayed in conceding five goals against relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion earlier this month, they can’t afford to go down to 10 men here.
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Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals
Real Madrid to win 1-0
Benzema to score first
Madrid are far too experienced to let the Blues off that particular hook, with Los Blancos showcasing their European pedigree in their defensive masterclass in the second leg of their quarter-final victory over Premier League champions Liverpool. With both of these teams defensively strong, this could be a low-scoring affair.
Whichever way the scoring pans out, Madrid start as the 29/20 favourites for the win on Tuesday with William Hill. Los Blancos have recorded some big victories in recent weeks, not least in beating Liverpool 3-1 at home a few weeks ago, backing that up with a victory over bitter rivals Barcelona in El Clasico.
Madrid are right in the La Liga title race, while the same cannot be said of Chelsea. The Blues are in a real battle to finish in the top four of the Champions League, and may need to win this year’s competition in order to qualify for next season. No wonder they were in for the closed shop Super League.
Chelsea produced a defensive masterclass of their own in dumping Manchester City out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at Wembley the other weekend, although they followed that up with a goalless draw at home to lowly Brighton. The Blues are 11/5 to take an advantage back to London for the second leg of this tie, with the draw here priced at 23/10.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema is having another superb season. He has five goals in eight Champions League appearances so far, and is the 15/4 favourite to open the scoring on Tuesday.
One to watch for Chelsea: Olivier Giroud has been the man for the big European occasion during his Chelsea career. The Frenchman has netted six times in just seven Champions League games so far this term, and is 5/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: These clubs have met twice in pre-season friendly tournament the International Champions Cup in recent years, with Madrid winning 3-1 and 3-2. Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 at home in the last round and are 21/1 to win by the same scoreline in these Real Madrid v Chelsea tips. With Benzema scoring first, those odds rise to 99/1.