Chelsea welcome Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Thomas Tuchel’s men boasting a 1-0 aggregate lead.
The Blues have been in strong defensive form recently, keeping five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, and another oneagainst the La Liga leaders would see them progress to the last-eight of the tournament.
The west Londoners are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions, with their only defeat at home since September coming two months ago against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea are offered at 5/4 (2.25) with bet365 to extend that run, while Diego Simeone’s team can be backed at 23/10 (3.30) with the draw at 9/4 (3.25).
The hosts are without suspended duo Jorginho and Mason Mount, while Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva are likely to miss out through injury.
Despite having suffered numerous absentees throughout the season due to coronavirus and injuries, Atleticoactually head to the English capital with a fully-fit squad.
Atletico approached the first leg in unexpectedly negative fashion, at times deploying a 6-3-1 formation, but it was not enough as a piece of outrageous individual brilliance from OlivierGiroud settled the tie in Chelsea’s favour.
The Frenchman’s bicycle kick means that Atletico have to be more adventurous at Stamford Bridge as they go in search of at least one goal, yet they come into the clash in poor form.
Saturday saw them draw 0-0 at relegation-threatened Getafe, the third time in their last seven games they have failed to find the back of the net.
Against a defensively-sound Chelsea side that have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 12 competitive fixtures, the visitors could struggle to find the breakthrough they need.
Under 2.25 goals in the game is priced at 3/4 (1.75) and looks like an interesting selection, with this bet paying out in full if there are less than two goals and returning half the initial stake if two goals are scored exactly.
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Source : goal.com